Early in the season, it was the Eagles who were flat-out frightening. But through it all, in a Super Bowl-or-bust year where the criticism kept piling on, Reid took the blame for the dismal 1-4 start.
Of course, that didn’t stop disappointed fans and fickle media from calling for Reid to be fired. Nevermind that he’s the winningest coach in franchise history and his resume includes nine playoff appearances, six division titles and one conference championship in his first 12 seasons.
The Eagles, after all, were built to win it all now. They uncharacteristically spent wildly in the lockout-shortened offseason and added six players who’ve been to Pro Bowls. Everyone in the organization from top to bottom made it clear nothing less than winning the Super Bowl would be a success this year.
So, someone had to be held responsible for a four-game losing streak that seemingly dashed the Dream Team’s grandiose expectations. And Reid, as always, is a popular target.
But all that talk seems like nonsense now.
It took just two wins, including a convincing 34-7 victory over the Cowboys in front of a national audience Sunday night, to change the outlook in Philadelphia.
The Giants hardly look like a first-place team, and they have a difficult schedule upcoming. The Redskins are really struggling and the Cowboys were awful in Philadelphia.
That leaves the Eagles. They are again being widely considered the favorite to finish on top in the division.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” quarterback Michael Vick said.
“Coach is very confident, very smart, and I think he puts us in position to win the game,” Vick said before the Eagles notched their second win. “We’ll stand behind him until the end. That’s our coach, and you know his mindset right now is go out and be the best team that we can be and keep playing hard, and that’s what we’re going to do for him.”
Reid had plenty of support in the locker room from veteran players to rookies. He’s always been popular among his guys and shows them a far different side than he portrays in front of cameras and tape recorders.View Entire Story
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