The Redskins and Eagles might as well go out on New Year’s Eve and party hearty. The two teams will have nothing at stake when they face each other on Jan. 1 at Lincoln Financial Field.
There is no doubt that the Eagles will be suffering from the biggest hangover when the season ends. They had the high “Dream Team” expectations going into the season but they need a win on Sunday to finish at 8-8. They were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday after the Giants beat the Jets but in reality the end came when the Seahawks thumped them 31-14 on Thursday night football to drop Philly’s record to 4-8.
Given the expectations and the disappointing results, will the Redskins’ game be Andy Reid’s last as the Eagles’ head coach?
The calls for Reid’s dismissal have been quieted somewhat by the Eagles’ recent three-game winning streak. Most of the beat writers who cover the team seem to believe that Reid will be back.
However, the Philly media will not be making that decision and nobody has heard from the men who will be making the call. On Philly.com, columnist Bob Ford wrote:
As for the front office, owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner have remained in the witness-protection program somewhere in Utah. They didn't stand up to defend the coach when Reid was getting pummeled and they haven't come forward to put a happy face on the recent resurgence. Now that the team has been eliminated from postseason contention, maybe there will be a break in radio silence but it is more likely that the front office's search for perspective will take a while longer.
So, don’t necessarily expect a decision on Reid’s future within hours after the Eagles’ game with the Redskins. Although it does look like he will survive to coach a 14th season we will have to wait until some point a little later in the new year to find out.