[Philly] Let this serve as the Cardinals’ caution, then:
Reid was fired Monday because he authored the most absurd season a head coach has produced in recent professional sports history.
The Eagles’ 2012 devolved beyond debacle status; beyond surreal, and into impossibility.
Of course, for a Cardinals franchise to have hit double-digit wins just once once since 1977 and to have gone through a dozen coaches in that span – one of them Buddy Ryan – it develops a tolerance for debacle.
No franchise could endure two seasons like Reid’s 2012. Every incident, every misstep, every misevaluation, lay at the feet of Andy Reid.
A cataclysmically awful signing; the drug-related death of a nepotistic hire; the insistence by his agent that he could coach in Philadelphia forever; the firing of a loyal, if miscast, lieutenant, and the subsequent, disastrous ascension of an overmatched assistant; the late-game injury to the most valuable player on the team in an unwinnable game; the dismissal of an insubordinate defensive lineman, then his insubordinate position coach.