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Eagles’ fans can mark December 31st 2012 a day that will live in infamy as they can finally rejoice as the day has finally come! After 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid has been informed he will not return in 2013 following an embarrassing blowout fashion 42-7 loss to the New York Giants in his final game as the Eagles head coach.
The Eagles will make if official Monday afternoon in Andy Reid’s final press conference but he shouldn’t have to worry as there are numerous reports that Reid is already gaining interest around the league from teams such as the San Diego Chargers. Just look at the resume he has assembled.
In 14 years he has recorded the most wins in franchise history with a 130-93-1 record in the regular season and a 10-9 record in the postseason. Also won six division championships, went to five NFC Championships, a Super Bowl Birth, and was a three time NFL Coach of the year. As much as Eagles fans have ripped Reid for his horrendous decision making, dreadful game management, and his lack of being open to the media he should be remembered as one of the best coaches in franchise history.
I know it has been a frustrating 14 year tenure of not hoisting that Vince Lombardi Trophy and I agree it is time to move on, but without Reid who knows where this team would be today. He will end his mission unfulfilled not bringing that championship home, he still gave Eagles nation hope for so many years. Since 2000, this will be the only 4th time the Eagles not be participating in postseason action. Year in and year out, you knew to start the year that the Eagles were always going to be in the mix to make that run. I know many the years of Rich Kotite, 3-13 seasons, and other abysmal seasons where it was over before it began. He was the first step in turning this franchise around.
I know the NFL is a “What have you done for me lately?” league, and Reid hasn’t delivered on a playoff victory in five seasons, a .500 record, and constant bad decisions that cost this football team such as hiring Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, but instead of ridiculing the man that help put this franchise back on the NFL map, embrace him and give him a fond farewell for all that he had done for this franchise and this fan base. It has been an exciting run and will be kind of weird to not see Big Red lead the charge on that sideline come kickoff weekend 2013 or to hear a “I got to do a better job” after a loss. But let’s hope the future is brighter on the other side and this is a sign of better things to come.
Postgame Notes and Grades
Eagles Notebook 12/30/12
Mac Attack ... WR Jeremy Maclin scored his team-leading seventh touchdown of the season and his third in the team’s final four games ... 15 of Maclin’s 26 career touchdowns have come in the red zone ... In the last four games, Maclin accumulated 25 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns ... Maclin moved past John Spagnola and into 17th on the team’s all-time receptions list with 258 ... Maclin has four touchdowns in his seven career games against the Giants.
Slot Machine ... WR Jason Avant set a career high with 53 receptions this season. He has upped his reception total in each of his seven seasons ... Avant has 259 career receptions, and finished the season ranked 16th on the team’s all-time list ... Over the last five games, Avant racked up 26 receptions for 365 yards, marking the best five-game stretch of his career.
Real McCoy ... RB LeSean McCoy is the ninth running back in NFL history with at least 40 receptions and 300 receiving yards in each of his first four NFL seasons ... With 835 carries in his career, McCoy ranks eighth on the team’s all-time list ... McCoy has 5,454 career scrimmage yards, moving past Bobby Walston and into 12th on the team’s all-time list ... In his last two games, McCoy hauled in 14 receptions for 138 yards.
Offensive Quick Hits ...The Eagles set a team record with 383 completions this season ... The team’s 332 first downs tied for the second-highest total in team history, trailing only the team record of 356 set in 2011 ... RB Bryce Brown finished the season with 564 rushing yards, which ranks as the fifth-highest total ever by an Eagles rookie.
Birdseed ... The Eagles opened the game with an onsides kick. The last time they recovered one was at New York in 2010 ... WR Jason Avant played in his 100th NFL game ... For the sixth time in his seven-year career, LB DeMeco Ryans started all 16 games ... Howard Mudd was on the sidelines for his 695th and final regular season NFL game (592 as a coach; 93 as a player) ... DE Phillip Hunt recorded his first sack of the season, becoming the 12th different Eagle to have a sack this year ... P Mat McBriar finished the season with a 46.5-yard gross punting average, which ranks as the second-best ever by an Eagle. Joe Muha (47.3 in 1948) holds the team record.
Offense: F; QB Michael Vick under center and was the same old Vick. First drive after a surprising onside kick, he starts off with an interception to set the tempo and completely take all the air out of this offense. This unit just couldn’t get in any type of rhythm only getting in the end zone once. Yes they posted over 300yards of offense, but couldn’t execute when it mattered most. They were 4-14 on 3rd down and 2-4 on 4th down. An unbalance offensive attack and a predictable game plan doomed them before they even stepped out on the field.
Defense: F; This was a Giants offense playing with no confidence only posting 14 points the last two weeks. They had a field day against this Eagles D! They scored on six of their eight possessions(minus end of the half kneel downs) including posting a TD on their first four possessions. QB Eli Manning had career high with five TD passes and RB Ahmad Bradshaw gashed this D for over 100yds. The energy and effort just wasn’t there and this team just looked blah and the scoreboard showed it!
Special Teams: F; Once again, no big plays in the return game. K Alex Henery has had a great season misses a chip shot
Overall: FFFFF; I don’t need to say more about my thoughts and frustration from this team and this season? Bigger and better things are on the horizon!