Eagles must land explosive weapon

The time has come for Andy Reid to admit he needs a top-flight receiver in order reach the Super Bowl.

Updated: January 20, 2004, 12:40 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Anyone would be hard pressed to argue that Andy Reid is not a good coach. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to their third consecutive appearance in the NFC Championship game, in spite of numerous injuries to key players that would've shelved lesser teams. But Reid certainly isn't a great coach.

The obvious reason to back that claim would be his failure to get his team over the hump, but the bigger black mark on his resume is his inability to be flexible. All great coaches have a plan, but if their plan is failing they will make alterations.

For years Reid has held fast to his belief that it's the system, not the players that make a team. He's partly right. Great players won't produce as well in systems that play to their weaknesses rather than their strengths. For instance, if Joe Montana was asked to spearhead an offensive attack that relied on the deep out and the go route he likely wouldn't have four Super Bowl rings.


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