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What Will Be Andy Reid's Legacy?

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid may be coaching last home game ever against Washington Redskins Sunday.

Dick Vermeil is beloved in Philadelphia.

As the coach who turned the Philadelphia Eagles into a playoff contender and beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship in 1980, Vermeil will always have a place in the hearts of Philly sports fans.

But what about Andy Reid?

The longtime Birds coach may be coaching his last home game Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Reid has suffered through his worst year as coach as the Birds have stumbled and fumbled their way to the finish line this year in a season marred with injuries and inconsistencies.

Fans have wanted Reid's head over the past few months as the team faltered from a 3-1 start. Team owner Jeff Lurie said that last year's 8-8 season was unacceptable.

So, if Lurie fires Reid at the end of the season -- as everyone expects -- how will he be remembered down the road?

After all, Reid is the greatest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history.

He has led the team to a Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in 2004 and to five NFC Championship games, including four straight from 2001-2004.

During his 14-year tenure, Reid has the best win total, winning percentage and total playoff wins in franchise history.

Reid just may need a change of scenery. Who knows, too, he could win a Super Bowl elsewhere, which would kind of add insult to injury.

Philly fans want someone to come along and get the Birds back to their winning ways.

But will the team ever find another coach like Reid?

So, on Sunday, instead of booing Reid, it might be right to tip your cap to him for taking this franchise to its greatest heights.

No one can take away Reid's accomplishments, no matter this terrible season. And that should be his legacy.

Arkansas Dave December 26, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Legacy???? When I think of legacy I think of Super Bowl winning coaches. As for Reid, yeah he was an OK coach, nothing special, just your typical so-so coach who won a few NFC champ games, 1 Super Bowl in 14 years, 14 YEARS. I think that's pretty poor. As for Vick, yeah paid his price but still a murderer and a thug scumbag typical homey football player. As far as a quarter back? He is and always was a BUM!!! Being a scrambler and exciting doesn't win games or championships. The Eagles has always had poor management and made bad decisions year after year....That's why I was never a fan of the Eagles and was and still am a huge Packers fan since the 80's who DOESNT hate his team and players one week and loves them and think their the best team in the whole NFL or constantly berates his team and talks sh** about players when they don't win. For example when scum bag Vick came, he was the best QB and they were gonna win the SB and he was gonna rip up the NFL. Then after the second season, he was all the sudden the worst player and he sucked etc etc etc. Typical Eagle fans. GO PACK!!!!!!
Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. December 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
@ Dave First of all, some Eagles fans are not as you depict us, swaying in the breeze. Second, regarding Vick, regardless of what ultimately transpires, he can hold his head high...and those who facilitated his return should feel proud of what has resulted; he scrambled effectively/fearlessly, but he didn't toss a lot of ground-balls as had McNabb. Third, I concur that Reid hardly carries a notable "legacy" in the positive-sense, having been dismayed consistently with his "product"; BTW, he did not WIN the "1 Super Bowl in 14 years" that you cite. Fourth, I am ignorant of the internals regarding Eagles management, but it consistently projects an image that the optimal team is being assembled; nevertheless, that Reid was also GM may be telling [and it's been asserted that Lurie doesn't interfere on draft-day, as have his predecessor(s)].
The Running Man December 30, 2012 at 09:27 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/12/30/report-andy-reid-was-informed-on-friday-that-giants-game-would-be-his-last-as-eagles-coach/ Andy Reid was informed on Friday that he will coach his last game. on Sunday 12/30/2012. Monday The Eagles will have a press conference on 12/31/2012
The Running Man December 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Andy Reid was informed on Friday that he will coach his last game. on Sunday 12/30/2012. Monday The Eagles will have a press conference on 12/31/2012
John Q. Public December 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
""NBC10's Vai Sikahema texted Reid during the 4th quarter, and Reid replied via text message after the game saying, "Haven't been let go, will talk with Jeff tomorrow." ""

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