There's always another excuse. (don't take this personally as it's most of the fanbase and I was right there with the excuse brigade until 2010 as well)
If our O-line wasn't decimated by injuries and (easy to say now) we didn't fire Castillo, we would not be in this position. Minus a few blown leads in games where the offense was not producing jack ****, the defense was solid for the most part under Castillo. There were still a few gaffes here and there, but they were not nearly as laughable as they've been since Bowles took over.
Last year it was new scheme, new players, lockout etc. This year the pressure of expectations forced Castillo's firing and yet another coordinator takes over. All we heard was how the players didn't believe in Juan. Well, apparently they did. There's been no continuity, and no leadership.
I don't disagree with most of this. I do however, think the talent isn't as good as advertised. And the mental issues, specifically turnovers and the communication issues on defense, are the fault of coaches. The repeat offenders need to be taught, then benched and then cut if they continue.
All we need is to get rid of this wide 9 scheme that obviously doesn't work, bring in a serious defensive coordinator with a pedigree, and get the O-line healthy, and this team will be fine. This team is just way too talented to be this bad. It just is. What we're seeing is more mental than anything else, and this defensive coordinator carousel is the biggest cause for it. Yeah, that was Andy's fault. It didn't work out. **** happens. It's still a correctable problem.
Don't get me wrong, I completely understand Reid is the best we've seen here, or at least the best I've seen, but I don't think hiring a new coach has to be a shot in the dark. Lurie and Roseman have to do their homework, and they can find another guy. And maybe the next 3 guys won't accomplish what Reid has, which is a lot more than some people care to admit, but if someone can win a playoff game in the next 4 years, that's already more than Reid has won in the last 4.
Firing the best coach in franchise history is not necessary to correct it. Hiring a new head coach is a complete shot in the dark. A new coach can't accomplish very much more than Andy has in his tenure. He can however, do a lot worse.
It's easy to make a case for change. But to think that getting rid of Andy automatically solves all this teams problems is absurd.