Andy Reid: Blowout Loss in Week 17 Seals Fate for Eagles' Coach in Philadelphia

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2012

After the Philadelphia Eagles' 42-7 blowout loss in the season finale to the NFC East rival New York Giants, it's almost impossible to imagine head coach Andy Reid not being fired on Black Monday.

Considering the fact that Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Reid is already assembling a staff for 2013, he is already looking to move on. That's certainly what it seemed like during Sunday's embarrassing loss in MetLife Stadium.

Even the best efforts of quarterback Michael Vick—who was returning from a severe concussion suffered in the middle of the year—couldn't have been enough to help the cause.

The Eagles defense was downright pathetic. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been struggling mightily lately, but returned to his elite form with five touchdown passes.

Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist Rob Tornoe provided a humorous illustration of the action:

The #Eagles defense so far today: twitter.com/RobTornoe/stat…

— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) December 30, 2012

Reid is definitely known for his offensive genius and can't be completely to blame for how far south the defense has gone despite all the talent on that side of the ball. But what could be criticized is his switch to Juan Castillo as coordinator in 2011—who was previously Philly's offensive line coach.

Todd Bowles couldn't do much better calling the shots after Castillo was dismissed, and it was evident against the Giants more than ever.

The game got off to an encouraging start, as the Eagles recovered an opening onside kick. But a pick thrown on Vick's second pass was a sign of things to come. By halftime, the game was over, as ESPN's Skip Bayless noted:

Andy Reid opens game w/ successful onside. Vick soon threw INT. Now it's 35-7, Giants. So long, Andy.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 30, 2012

Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King summed up what was likely Reid's last game roaming the Eagles' sidelines:

Not quite the way Andy Reid drew his finale up.

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) December 30, 2012

As mentioned, it's almost unfathomable that Reid won't be dismissed as the head coach tomorrow. What shouldn't go unnoticed is the big picture.

Reid guided the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in his 14 years at the helm.

It's been a bumpy ride to say the least in the past two years for the franchise. There haven't been the familiar winning records, but Reid averaged a conference championship appearance roughly once every three seasons. That's nothing to scoff at.

Although he doesn't have a Lombardi Trophy to show for it, Reid is one of the best offensive minds in the game and plenty of success on his resume.

Philadelphia fans may have a hard time remembering the more prosperous days of Reid's reign as coach. That said, the front office needs to find an outstanding replacement, because there aren't many coaches—if any—potentially on the market that would be considered upgrades from Reid.

With all the volatility at the head coaching position and the parity in today's NFL, Reid's consistency of winning is nothing short of outstanding.

Despite all of the winning Reid has done, the league doesn't dwell in the past. Reid has definitely lost this Eagles team somehow, as they are unable to put together victories despite so much potential on both sides of the ball.

Sunday was a fitting end to the Eagles' 2012 season, but not to Reid's time in Philadelphia. The coach is a square peg in a round hole, and simply needs a new start away from his longtime team.

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