December 31, 2012 |
He was introduced to us 14 years ago as The Man With a Plan, and sure enough there it was, The Plan, a binder the size of the Manhattan phone book, an impressive repository of detail and minutiae down to the last bit of, well, what does The Plan say is on the docket for 2:21 p.m. on the second Tuesday of training camp? And with that Andy Reid had Jeffrey Lurie at hello. Or, rather, at precisely 2:21 p.m. the second Tuesday of training camp. Never mind that Andy Reid had never been a head coach in the NFL. Or a coordinator.
January 7, 2013
The reaction to Andy Reid's hiring in Kansas City has been overwhelmingly positive. "Excited for the new hiring," said defensive back DeQuan Menzie, who spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. "Looking forward to playing for such a highly respected coach. " Tight end Tony Moeaki tweeted, "Andy Reid though? That's sweet!" Left tackle Eric Winston also took to Twitter when he was asked his impression, and said: "Excited. Proven winner. " Winston even said he was looking forward to April and the start of offseason work.
August 27, 2008
The door is shut. Behind it, in the office of Derek Boyko, the Eagles' director of media services, sits Andy Reid talking into a speakerphone. On the other end, in some other city, is a collection of reporters, firing questions about the next game. Sometimes there are two or three people on the other end. Often there are a lot more. And Reid, as is his nature, usually provides dry, unrevealing answers. The coach could be a bit more relaxed, given the nature of the weekly Wednesday conference calls.
December 24, 2012 |
Andy Reid had already endured the sloppy end of the football game, watching as rookie quarterback Nick Foles managed to finish things with an intentional-grounding penalty that robbed Reid of what was probably the final one second of his coaching tenure in Lincoln Financial Field. After that, Reid had to wade across the field, accompanied by a small army of television cameras, to find Washington coach Mike Shanahan and congratulate Shanahan on the 27-20 win that pushed the Redskins one game closer to the NFC East title that the Eagles used to capture as if by habit.
January 10, 2012 |
WHILE THE REAL Andy Reid is sticking around for at least another season, the fake Andy Reid is heading to New York. Attorney Steve Odabashian of Northern Liberties, who has dressed up as Reid for nearly a decade, has been commuting to work in New York but has grown tired of the commute so he's moving to Hoboken, N.J. Odabashian, who has appeared on TV during national Eagles broadcasts and in Forman Mills ads, and who has been...
August 7, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Garrett Reid, 29, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh University dormitory room early Sunday morning. Reid's body was discovered by an Eagles official who called police at 7:20 a.m. to report that Reid was unresponsive, according to Ed Shupp, Lehigh University chief of police. Shupp declined to say who the Eagles official was, but said it was not Andy Reid. Shupp said police arrived at the dorm room at 7:21 a.m. An autopsy is expected to be completed in 24 to 48 hours, he said.
November 19, 2012 |
LANDOVER, Md. - It isn't just the rest of the football world that is talking about the end of the Andy Reid era with the Eagles. The players are starting to see the writing on the wall. Three veteran Eagles said that Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Redskins was likely the final nail in the coffin for their head coach. "I know it. I know it," said one defensive player who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. "And the only reason I'm here is because of Andy.
January 1, 2013 |
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.
December 29, 2008 |
To the very end, to the very last question, the last chance to peer over his glasses and offer one little I-told-you-so, Andy Reid rejected the impulse, if it even existed. He thanked the fans for their support, probably knowing many of them came expecting to bury this season rather than celebrate its continuation. He congratulated his players for continuing to believe in what seemed an unbelievable scenario that would send the Eagles to the postseason. He thanked the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans, who began the day with a combined 11-19 record and needed to beat better teams fighting for playoff spots.
November 14, 2012 |
FOR ME, ANDY REID became a different guy on Sept. 21, 2010. That was when he made the first of several panic moves, none of which has worked out, panic moves that have transformed a stable, winning franchise into a smoldering ruin in the space of a little more than 2 years. Sept. 21, 2010, was the day Reid announced he was switching quarterbacks, from Kevin Kolb to Michael Vick, because Vick had played six good quarters while Kolb was sidelined by a concussion. You certainly could defend the decision - it looked like a stroke of genius for about 3 months - but there was no getting around the fact that, as I wrote in the Daily News the next day, it might have been "the most unReidlike turnaround of the Reid era. " This was a man who stuck with Todd Pinkston and James Thrash through three NFC Championship Game losses, whose hallmark was careful, deliberate decision-making.