Andy Reid has said time and time again that he wants to coach the Eagles “as long as they allow me to coach here.” Well, the Eagles want the same thing. The team announced on Wednesday morning that Reid, the team’s head coach and executive vice president of football operations, has signed a contract extension through the 2013 campaign. Said the statement: ”Since being named head coach on January 11, 1999, Reid has compiled the best win total (115), winning percentage (.611) and playoffs victory total (10) in team history. He has captured five division titles and five trips to the NFC Championship game, while earning playoff berths in seven of his first 10 seasons. In that time span, no team has earned more divisional round playoff appearances (7) or championship game appearances (5) than Reid’s Eagles. “Reid, who earned NFL coach of the year honors following the 2000 and 2002 campaigns, was hired by the Eagles after a two-year tenure as quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers. He spent his first seven NFL seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay after a 13-year stint as a coach in the collegiate ranks. In his 17-year NFL coaching career, his teams have made the playoffs 13 times (19-12 record). He has coached in the Super Bowl three times and in the NFC Championship game eight times. “Now in his 11th season as head coach in Philadelphia, Reid is the second-longest tenured head coach in NFL behind Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher (16 years) and the 8th longest tenured coach in professional sports behind Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz), Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves), Fisher, Tony LaRussa (St. Louis Cardinals), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), Lindy Ruff (Buffalo Sabres), and Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators). “Reid is one of just four active coaches (Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, and Fisher) with 100 regular season victories. In addition, his winning percentage ranks 14th in NFL history among all coaches with at least 100 games under their belt, while his 115 overall wins rank 31st in NFL history. “From 2000-09, only two coaches have recorded more regular season wins than Reid’s 100 – Bill Belichick (109) and Tony Dungy (104). In fact, the Eagles became just the 4th team in NFL history to amass 100-or-more wins in a decade with just one head coach, joining Belichick’s Patriots (2000s), Tom Landry’s Cowboys (1970s), and Don Shula’s Dolphins (1970s). “Seven of Reid’s former assistant coaches are currently head coaches or coordinators with others teams: Brad Childress (head coach, Minnesota), John Harbaugh (head coach, Baltimore), Steve Spagnuolo (head coach, St. Louis), Pat Shurmur (offensive coordinator, St. Louis), Leslie Frazier (defensive coordinator, Minnesota), Dave Toub (special teams coordinator, Chicago), and Ron Rivera (defensive coordinator, San Diego). “Reid’s squads have been particulary effective down the stretch during his tenure as he owns a 70-39-1 (.641) mark in games in November and beyond (including playoffs) and a 51-34-1 (.599) regular season road record. His 10 playoff wins are tied for 11th in league history. Of the 14 coaches who have won 10 or more playoff games, only Belichick (.789), Bill Walsh (.714), Joe Gibbs (.708), Chuck Noll (.667), and George Seifert (.667) have amassed a higher winning percentage in the postseason than Reid’s .588 (10-7).”
I think this was a no brainer Reid is the best coach in Team History, and he clearly deserves a raise just for that, who knows where this franchise would be if the Eagles didn’t hire Reid a decade ago. The thing that cracks me up is when philly sports fans who are uneducated on the sport of football call in on talk radio and bash Reid saying hes a horrible coach. Maybe if they watch other teams play like the Browns, Lions, Raiders week in and week out they will see just how good of a coach Andy Reid really is. Just because the Eagles haven’t won a Super Bowl in EVER!!! doesn’t mean Reid is a bad coach, and it also doesn’t mean McNabb is a bad quarterback. If you claim to be a big Eagles fan and you don’t like Reid or you don’t like McNabb or you don’t like both of them than I can’t consider you a true fan. True fans of sports teams like the best coaches and the best players in the franchises history nomatter what they’ve won or lost. For Example do you think Lions fans love Barry Sanders, yes ofcourse they do. Did Barry Sanders ever win a super Bowl? Nope. Do Miami Dolphins fans love Dan Marino? Yup Did he ever win a super bowl? Nope. I can go on and on the fact of the matter is both of these guys are great and they play right here in Philly for our Eagles and they don’t apreciate to be ripped on like they have been the past decade. As a true fan of the Eagles and after all the success that this Franchise has had during Reid and McNabb’s tenure I’d like them both to stick around as long as possible. Do I want a Super Bowl? Ofcourse, but if you asked me if I’d take the past decade as an Eagles fan or the past decade of a fan of about 24 other NFL teams I’m taking the Eagles. EAGLES ALL THE WAY! ENJOY IT!