Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie has the deed to a team that has gone 126-81-1 in the regular season since head coach Andy Reid was hired in 1999, but with no playoff wins since the 2008 season and after a very disappointing 2011 campaign, Lurie has put his cards on the table. If the Eagles don’t transcend last season’s 8-8 record, Reid may be looking elsewhere for work.
Asked before the Eagles’ 28-10 win over the New York Jets to close their preseason whether another .500 season would be enough to point him in the direction for a new contract, Lurie said that “substantial improvement” would be needed.
“I don’t have a level or anything like that,” Lurie said Thursday during his annual state-of-the-team media conference. “I want to be clear about that. You try to make the best judgment you can after the season.”
The Eagles acquired cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha via free agency and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for Kevin Kolb, and were thought to be the preseason favorite to win the NFC East as the result of great talent throughout the roster. But they ran off four straight losses from Week 2 through Week 5, and stood at 4-8 on Dec. 1 before winning their last four games when they were basically out of the playoff equation. New defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who was retained, struggled to put the right players on the field at the right times and in the right places, and quarterback Michael Vick‘s inability to stay healthy also bit the Eagles; they went 1-2 in the games that Vick didn’t start.