Big Red is going to Super Bowl 54, and maybe he’ll finally win the big one after 21 seasons as an NFL head coach.
That would be a nice story, wouldn’t it? The Eagles win a ring. Then Andy wins his ring. We all share a drink and then everybody dies happy.
I’d watch the 30 for 30 on that, but not every Birds fan would. There are still people out there who want to see Andy lose because of the 14 seasons he coached in Philadelphia, 14 seasons that resulted in an abnormal amount of heart break, disappointment, and passing plays.
But this isn’t a column telling you how to feel. You certainly don’t HAVE to cheer for Andy Reid to win a Super Bowl in Kansas City. You’re perfectly entitled to not care one way or another as an Eagles fan who finally saw your team win it all just two years ago.
My take goes more like this:
If you’re actively rooting for him to fail because of things that happened 10 years ago, even AFTER the Birds won a ring, then you’re probably being a hater.
What does that mean anyway? Being a “hater”?
It means that you can’t be happy for another person’s success. You’ve got some petty beef, a fake conflict that isn’t really there, or no longer needs to be. It’s like breaking up with a girlfriend and then hoping she fails in every future relationship, instead of hoping that she finds “the one.”
Andy is our ex-girlfriend, and I’d like to see him find “the one” out in Kansas City, because I like to remember the good times we had in Philly, not the bad times.
I like to remember how he made Eagles football relevant again, taking us to four NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl.
I like to remember 130 total wins, 10 playoff victories, and 11 winning seasons.
I like to remember the Eagles being intriguing and interesting, a perennial contender that drew a ton of local and national attention after the mediocre days of Richie Kotite and Ray Rhodes.
What I don’t need to remember is Joe Jurevicius streaking down the field for 71 yards, or the numerous letdowns we suffered while Andy was in charge. I still remember those things and they still annoy me.
But even then – so what?
So what if Andy lost a bunch of games back then? We should want to see him fail in Kansas City? Just because he failed here? I don’t follow that logic. That’s hater logic, wanting to see continued suffering for Reid and newly-established suffering for Kansas City fans just so they can “feel how we felt” or some similarly ridiculous horse shit explanation.
Here’s the thing –
Andy’s time in Philadelphia and Andy’s time in Kansas City should be treated as mutually exclusive. They are two different things. When he left, that was it for his tenure here. He has not coached in this city in eight seasons, so if we can’t let it go by now, even after winning a ring, then what does that say about us? And I know that “us” is a minority of older fans who likely listen to Angelo Cataldi, but we’re trying to ‘live and let live’ here. We’re not trying to Live and Let Die, which was Roger Moore’s best James Bond film. If we’re bitching in 2020 about NFC Championship games that took place 12, 17, 18, and 19 years ago, then what’s our problem? We’re holding a fifteen-year grudge? For what?
If you’ve got a problem with Andy for another reason, then that’s different. If he told your kid to screw off and wouldn’t sign his mini-football, then I understand. If you served him beers at South Bowl and he stiffed you on the tip, okay. If you think he was a dick to the media, or acted smug during press conferences or spoke down to fans, then fine. This column is not directed at you.
I think the proper take here is actually very simple. Sometimes a divorce works out for both sides. The Eagles tried out Chip Kelly, which wasn’t the right fit, then stumbled into a Reid disciple and won a Super Bowl with a quarterback that Andy convinced not to retire. And when Big Red went to KC, he evolved as a coach, built another powerhouse, and is now playing in another Super Bowl.
So do whatever you’d like to do. If you’re pulling for Andy Reid, cool. If you don’t give a shit, then you’re certainly not the only one. But enough with these bogus takes based on his shortcomings in Philadelphia. You sound petty and vindictive. You sound like a hater.