January 16 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“There’s a name for it now – “The Andy Reid Reversal.”
On Monday, Sean McDermott was coming back as defensive coordinator, the Eagles’ head coach said. Three days later, he sat down with McDermott and cut him loose.
Still, Reid’s Monday praise of McDermott shouldn’t have come as a surprise. For one, he isn’t accustomed to immediately shoving his assistants or players into oncoming traffic – unless, of course, they’re David Akers.
But Reid’s faux support of McDermott more likely had something to do with the big picture.
The much bigger picture.
If Reid were to have slammed the 36-year-old on Monday after the Eagles‘ playoff loss to Green Bay, then he would have been indicting himself for not giving McDermott the necessary tools to build a dominating defense.
As reasonable as it is to question McDermott and his scheme, a fair assessment would have to include an evaluation of personnel. And injuries aside, the workers were average, at best.
Was it McDermott’s fault that the Eagles did almost nothing to replace Sheldon Brown at right cornerback? Was it his fault that top draft picks – defensive end Brandon Graham and safety Nate Allen – suffered season-ending injuries in early December?”
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