Eagles vs. Giants: Disastrous Finale Should Confirm Impending Housecleaning

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If there was any doubt remaining about whether the Philadelphia Eagles have to completely clean house and fire a multitude of coaches and veteran players this offseason, that was put to bed as the offseason itself arrived Sunday in New Jersey. 

The Eagles could have played spoiler against the division-rival Giants in Week 17, but instead they failed to show up. Either the team lacked the desire or the ability to give head coach Andy Reid a respectable performance in what was almost certainly Reid's final game as the team's head coach. Or maybe it was the desire and the ability. Doesn't matter now.

Reid has coached this team in 243 regular-season and playoff games, and this was their second-worst loss of his 14-year tenure in Philly, at least in terms of the final margin. 

That has to confirm that there's no hope left for this current Eagles regime and core. I mean, most of us were already convinced that the Reid era should end, but I can't imagine there are any stragglers left on the other side of a dead argument. 

It looks as though that will be made official on Monday, with the Eagles tentatively scheduling a noon ET press conference to announce that Reid is out, according to PhillyMag.com's Tim McManus. CSN Philly's Reuben Frank also reports, citing two sources, that Reid has already been told the team is moving in another direction.  

And for those who thought Michael Vick would take advantage of a one-week "audition" to save his reputation and maybe even convince the front office that he's worthy of the huge non-guaranteed paycheck slated to come his way in early February, forget it. Vick was the same old Vick one more time against the Giants. 

Nnamdi Asomugha? It wasn't any prettier for the team's highest-profile defensive player, as Asomugha struggled again, this time with Giants rookie Rueben Randle. 

I don't think the Eagles can afford to approach this in a half-assed manner. Reid has to go, as do coordinators Marty Mornhinweg and Todd Bowles, as do "key" veterans Vick, Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman. The entire defense needs to be revamped, along with the coaching staff. 

Eagles fans should appreciate the success Reid had in Philly, but it's time for big changes. It's time to get this coaching search started and to begin prepping for free agency and begin thinking about a top-five draft pick. 

It was a sad season in Philadelphia, but those types of years usually breed exciting offseasons.