Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles Amazing Comeback Win Not Enough to Save Andy Reid's Job

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks to the field before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2012

Don't cancel that U-Haul just yet, Andy Reid. Nick Foles might have saved his own skin with the Philadelphia Eagles and their faithful, but that certainly didn't have the same effect on your own hide.

It's definitely a case of too little, too late.

Plenty of Philly residents were ready to run him out of town when he couldn't get the team over the hump and into the Super Bowl. They certainly aren't going to accept his presence on the sidelines after an eight-game losing streak.

But Foles did look spectacular. Check out his numbers.

He completed 32 of his 51 passing attempts for 381 yards and two touchdowns. However, the most impressive statistic was his 7.5-yard average. That demonstrates that he wasn't just dinking and dunking but throwing the ball down the field and allowing receivers to make plays after the catch.

Perhaps, had Reid made the switch earlier in the season, the emergence of Foles would have been enough to keep him on the Eagles' payroll. 

Don't misunderstand. It was the right decision to stick with Michael Vick for longer than necessary. Reid coaxed some great performances out of Vick and figured he could probably fix him.

Plus, there was the large monetary commitment made to Vick as well. He had picked his horse, and he needed to see it through.

Someone out there probably believes that Reid deserves the credit for bringing Foles in and turning him into a possibly competent starter. 

This isn't untrue. He did draft yet another solid quarterback and quickly coach him up to a level where he could lead game-winning drives.

But that doesn't mean he should get to keep his job. If Reid had known that Foles was going to be this good, he should have gotten rid of Vick before the season was lost. 

Or before his job was lost.

Now, the Eagles have reached that point where the message has grown stale. After 14 years, it's best for everyone to acknowledge the great run that Reid's Eagles have had and move on.

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