Andy Reid Claims He Didn’t Hear the ‘Fire Andy’ Chants
Philadelphia Eagles fans have officially run out of patience. They began the year with visions of a Pro Bowl-caliber Michael Vick leading them to the Super Bowl and are going to end it with an 8-8 record if they’re lucky. The 2011 Eagles were labeled the “Dream Team” coming into the season and have since fallen flat on their face. Naturally, somebody has to take the blame. Philly fans decided to make that somebody Andy Reid by chanting, “Fire Andy!” during Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Patriots.
The chant was clear enough to hear perfectly on the television broadcast, but according to the Providence Journal Reid insists he didn’t pick up on it.
“You don’t hear a lot down there on the sideline,” Reid said. “I didn’t hear it. The way we played I understand it.”
Maybe Reid is the problem. Maybe he isn’t. Known as one of the biggest players’ coaches in the league, it is possible that Reid has lost his locker room and Philadelphia needs more of an authoritarian leader to handle guys like DeSean Jackson. The Eagles have been to the NFC championship several times during Reid’s tenure but never been able to get over the hump. Expectations have never been higher than they were coming into this season, and this isn’t the first time Philly fans have called for the head coach’s departure. While I don’t believe Reid is the problem in Philadelphia, perhaps a change is in order for this team to take the next step.