By pulling the trigger immediately, Lurie would send the ultimate message to this collection of soft, disinterested mercenaries that their halfhearted attempts at blocking and tackling just won't cut it. Make Marty Mornhinweg the interim head coach, get through the second half of the year, and then find a new coach.
In most sports, that's what you would do. Baseball, basketball, hockey — you can change coaches in midstream and turn a season around.
But this is football. Changing coaches isn't going to fix this team. There are just too many problems, and all of them are the product of flawed decisions by Reid and general manager Howie Roseman.
This is a team with about $20 million in salary-cap space, but with no depth. This is a team built on the alleged genius of Jim Washburn and Howard Mudd but gets dominated on both lines. This is a team that can never seem to find capable safeties or linebackers, that has drafted abysmally. This is a team that beats its chest at every opportunity, then beats itself when it gets out on the football field.
That is not going to get fixed this season. In the past, it is true, Reid's teams had a habit of getting better in November and December. But that is all very much in the past, the days when Reid's teams won after every bye week and played tough and smart and, if anything, overachieved.
It isn't so much that Lurie should allow Reid to finish the season. It's more like he should make him see it through to the end. Reid built the ship. Let him steer it all the way to the bottom.
Put another way: We have to watch this mess every week. Why should the guy who made it get off that easy?
In 1999, Reid hired Jim Johnson to run his defense and drafted Donovan McNabb to play the most important position. Those two decisions led to the excellent run Eagles fans enjoyed from 2000 through 2004.
His decisions to fill those key spots with Juan Castillo and Michael Vick will prove to be Reid's undoing. And make no mistake, he is undone.