Andy Reid held a meeting with his team after he was fired that players described as "emotional." He also met with many players individually. Reid told the Eagles to treat their next coach with the same respect they afforded him.
Some of those players pointed the finger at themselves when reflecting on why Reid's 14-year tenure in Philadelphia ended on Monday.
"This whole team felt like we put his job in jeopardy," guard Evan Mathis said. "And if we don't feel that way, we should."
The Eagles remained largely loyal to Reid even after the 12th loss of the season, although their comments during the last week revealed that even they were coming to grips with the inevitable. So Monday's news was not as much a shock as it was a chance to say farewell to the only NFL coach many of them have known.