Fit To Be Tied: Why the Eagles Need Bill Cowher

Jim McNultyCorrespondent INovember 16, 2008

How bad was it? (Cue Johnny Carson, "It was so bad...")

I wasn't even going to write an article; that's how bad. At one point, I turned to my wife and said, "This isn't just a bad game, it's bad television."

The game was so boring I actually did ironing during the game. On the bright side, I have a shirt to wear to work tomorrow now.

I had a feeling the Eagles weren't going to win this game going in. I didn't write a preview for that very reason. Sure, easy to say that now, but still... 

A tie??

This is not a playoff team. (Cue the famous Jim Mora line, "Playoffs?!?")

This is not a team that should even be in the same sentence as playoffs.

The Eagles have bigger issues than whether they'll make the playoffs this year. They have some serious, "which direction is this franchise heading" issues.

Orlando Morales made some great observations in his B/R game recap. With the amount of time the Eagles offensive line was giving Donovan McNabb, why did he not march the team up and down the field? 

Even the best corners usually can only cover for four or five seconds. McNabb could have updated his Facebook status he had so much time back there.

As it was, McNabb was 28-for-58 for 339 yards, but the Eagles only scored one touchdown. And that was on a two-play, 61-yard drive.

Why was it not that easy all day long? How did the Eagles only get in the end zone once? Easy—McNabb turned the ball over four times. His average yards-per-completion was only 5.8 yards.

These are the Bengals, people. Not the Giants, not the Ravens, not any other highly-touted defense.

I've never been on the fire-Reid/trade-McNabb bandwagon before.

Are they accepting applications?

The truth is, the window of opportunity has closed on this bunch. They can deny it all they want, claim how they're "thisclose" to being 8-2, but the truth is: they aren't 8-2.  Far from it.

Andy Reid is the most successful coach in this team's history. He should be commended, and once the fervor has died down, he should hold a place in this city's heart just like Dick Vermeil does.

However, that being said, it's time.

It was time here in Knoxville, as they just fired Phillip Fulmer after decades with the University. It's time in Philadelphia, too.

When Reid came to Philly with his big binder not quite a decade ago, the accepted belief was that his system took four years for the quarterback to learn.

Sure enough, McNabb led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2004.

But what nobody knew then was that it took the other teams' defenses five years to learn his system.

The magic is gone. The genie is back in bottle.

The NFL is on to Andy Reid. Just ask Tiki Barber, who "called" Reid running on back-to-back plays against the Giants.

The Eagles need Bill Cowher.

The Super Bowl winning coach, now an analyst in the studio, is just the man to turn this thing around.

His blue-collar work ethic is just what this fanbase needs. Can you imagine what he would do with a tandem of Westbrook and Buckhalter?

Everyone thought Reid would get a pass because the Phillies won. I think the World Series win is going to have the opposite effect. Here's why:

For 25 years, fans put up with the losing and the "wait until next year" attitude because, well, that's what happens in Philadelphia. But now, fans got a taste of victory. And we like it. A lot.

So instead of enjoying the glow of finally being the champs in something, Philly fans are wanting results. Call it getting greedy, but they aren't going to put up with mediocrity any longer. They don't have to. Not when the Fightin' Phils delivered the promised land right across the street.

Philadelphia has indeed become a baseball town. And if Jeff Lurie doesn't want to lose what few entertainment dollars fans have available these days—and let's not kid ourselves, that's all that really matters—he better think long and hard about the future of his franchise.

Because there are people out there that can turn this ship around. And none of them are currently tied to this franchise.