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.
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.
January 5, 2013 |
All signs point to Kansas City as Andy Reid's next stop. The ex-Eagles coach reportedly was "on the verge" of signing a deal with the Chiefs after meeting with the Kansas City brass for nine hours Wednesday in Philadelphia. "The major issues have been discussed and agreed upon," a source told ESPN. Some reports said that Reid still planned to interview with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, but neither team has confirmed such a meeting. Arizona president Michael Bidwill had said that the Cardinals would interview Reid, but those plans appear to have been put off for now. The Cardinals already interviewed Ray Horton, their defensive coordinator, and reportedly have scheduled an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
December 30, 2010 |
SOME OF THE EAGLES' problems are hard to fix, such as the fact that they don't really have a top-notch, starting-quality corner to play opposite Asante Samuel, or that rookie middle linebacker Jamar Chaney remains extremely inexperienced. Other things that contributed to Tuesday's loss to the Vikings are more under the control of players and coaches, and shouldn't have happened. That was part of Andy Reid's message in his day-after news conference. "We have to get rid of the things that I don't consider very smart things, like [confusion on]
February 3, 2012
By William C. Kashatus Andy Reid, who's been with the Philadelphia Eagles for 13 seasons, enjoys the longest tenure of any head coach among the city's professional sports teams. But his inability to win a Super Bowl, an antagonistic relationship with the local media, and the growing disenchantment of Eagles fans suggest that his days are numbered. Whether he can extend his career beyond 2013, when his contract expires, remains to be seen. Still, Reid could learn a few lessons from two legendary coaches, Connie Mack and Joe Paterno.
July 2, 2010 |
Even in war-torn Afghanistan, 7,000 miles from Eagles-obsessed Philadelphia, Andy Reid can't avoid a familiar cheer. The Eagles coach has been traveling with three other NFL coaches, including former assistant Brad Childress, on a USO tour that has spread goodwill to soldiers stationed and fighting overseas. After a one-day delay, induced by a bird of another flock, Reid and his colleagues finally reached the Bagram Air Base in the Parwan province of Afghanistan early Friday morning.
November 15, 2011
IT'S THE QUESTION we get asked most, especially when Mondays follow Sundays like this past one. People ask why bother attending Andy Reid's day-after press conference when your why and how questions invariably invoke "just because" answers, when you invariably leave the room with less enlightenment than when you entered, that ol' Groundhog Day feeling once again. Joe Banner said it best years ago, when he issued his definition of insanity as repeating the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.
December 31, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was 5:02 p.m., more than an hour after the game ended. The group in the hallway beneath MetLife Stadium had thinned considerably. Tammy Reid sat on a trestle table, wearing a full-length fur coat, swinging her legs back and forth. Her daughter, Crosby, stood next to her. Her two sons, Britt and Spencer, were at the game, too, there for the last go-round. A yellow electric cart bearing a placard that read "Stadium Security" idled outside the locker-room door.
December 10, 2009 |
Until there is a Lombardi Trophy gleaming in a display case in the NovaCare Complex lobby, words won't mean a thing. The words Jeffrey Lurie says won't convince skeptical fans that it was a good idea to extend Andy Reid's contract. The words of Reid's harshest critics won't penetrate the franchise's inner sanctum and change a single mind. Even the words on Reid's contract don't mean all that much (although the numbers do). In 1999, Lurie hired Reid because he believed that the relatively unknown assistant coach from Mike Holmgren's Green Bay Packers staff had the right plan to build a championship program in Philadelphia.
August 4, 2009 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Andy Reid was ticked off yesterday. He dealt with his anger the way any self-respecting despot in command of a totalitarian regime would - he lashed out at the no-good media. There we were at Lehigh, waiting for the Eagles coach to voice what had already been reported by journos across the Delaware Valley a few hours earlier - that an MRI exam had revealed that middle linebacker Stewart Bradley has a torn ACL and he's likely out for the season. Reid refused to discuss Bradley's injury or reveal how long the Eagles expect him to be out of uniform.