The NFL is on a quest to hold its players accountable and responsible for their off field behavior. Part of an effort to rehabilitate the league's image. To send a message to the public that those associated with the NFL are good, responsible people.
All that seems fair and advisable.
Players who have failed to meet the expectations of the league's behavioral demands are being routinely suspended and fined. Again, seems fair. The league must punish those that don't conform to their expectations.
The mantra has been responsibility. Accountability.
And respect for the opportunity to represent the NFL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has been nothing if not proactive in implementing, enforcing and publicising the responsibility program. At least as it applies to players.
We wonder, when will it apply to coaches?
Eagles coach Andy Reid has stood by and watched his two old boys (their behavior precludes us from calling them young 'men') terrorize suburban Philadelphia. Allegations ranging from reckless traffic offenses to drugs to guns to threatening private citizens.
Where is the outrage? Where is the demand that Reid take responsibility for the boys he is raising? Where is Roger Goodell's conduct policy? Why aren't NFL executives and owners decrying Reid's allowance of family members (that he is responsible for raising) dragging the Eagles name and the NFL through the mud with each and every one of their selfish acts of lawlessness?
Thus far, all have been absent. Not so much as an indication from the league office that Reid has even been so much as warned to get his household in order.
We assume (based on nothing factual, as is our want) that Reid's children rely on their father for their economic subsistence. If that is the case, Reid is responsible for them. Regardless of them being minors or not.
Some will falsely argue that Reid's hoodlums are over 21 and that absolves him of responsibility.
We would argue that if he had taught them proper behavior and held them accountable at an earlier age, the rest of us would not be in jeopardy due to their actions now.
Mr. Reid owes it to the NFL. Mr. Reid owes it to his players. Mr. Reid owes it to the honor that is being a head coach in professional football.
And most of all, Mr. Reid owes it to his children.
The time has come for Mr. Reid to either voluntarily, or through the invocation of the conduct policy, step away from the game and get his household in order.
It's time for Andy Reid to follow the example set by Michael Vick.
It's time for Andy Reid to assume responsibility for a crime spree in suburbia.
It's time to suspend Andy Reid.