Why Fire The Walrus?

“The definition of ‘Insanity’ is doing the same over.”
– Joe Banner (The Devil), following the 2009 NFC Championship Game loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles were favorites to win (again).

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
– Howard Beale (Peter Finch), Network

Thus explains the reasoning behind Fire The Walrus.

I wasn’t always an Andy Reid-hater. I admittedly drank the Kool-Aid for way too long. But right around the time that Terrell Owens hijacked this team and subsequetly divided a locker room fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, I realized that maybe Andy isn’t exactly cut from the same cloth as champion coaches.

The 2009 NFC Championship loss was the ultimate tipping point. McNabb should have been gone, and Andy should have been gone. We wasted another year with McNabb and now yet another season with Reid.

Unlike most Reid haters, I both recognize and respect the good aspects of Andy Reid:
• Always in the playoff hunt
• A high-powered passing attack
• His ability to coach quarterbacks
• The fact that his players NEVER quit on him (a very underrated aspect)
• The veil of secrecy and the smokescreens he employs in the media

But his warts are so glaring that the bad far outweighs the good. His in-game coaching and clock management alone should be enough proof, yet somehow it’s not for a large segment of fans and, even worse, the front office. Maybe they just don’t want to admit it (more likely they’re simply too busy counting their money to even notice) but this guy just isn’t capable of getting over the hump. There’s nothing wrong with that. It happens. Tony Dungy couldn’t do it in Tampa Bay, so Jon Gruden came in and knocked the door down. Same with Mike Shannahan in Denver, when Dan Reeves couldn’t get that final game wrapped up… And he had John freakin’ Elway!

The Birds need a coach to give them that final nudge over the top. And coincidentally, there’s a guy with experience in that field available. A one-time Eagles Offensive Coordinator. Mr. Jon “Chucky” Gruden.

Eagles fans have seem the same result each year for 12 years now. The Devil is right, we are witnessing the definition of insanity. I’m as mad as hell. I’m not going to take this anymore. The time has come to move on and try something new.

The time has finally come to Fire The Walrus.

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