October 28, 2012 |
Eagles head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick are the two hot-button issues among Eagles fans, and an Inquirer poll revealed that Philadelphians believe Reid should have only 10 games remaining in his Eagles tenure and that Vick should stay as quarterback during that time. Almost half of those interviewed believe this should be Andy Reid's last season, a sentiment that comes after 13 complete seasons without a Super Bowl victory. Reid, who is in his 14th season as the Eagles coach, has final say of the football operation and made every decision from the hiring and firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo to the signing of Vick.
August 30, 2007
WE CERTAINLY SYMPATHIZE with the plight of Eagles coach Andy Reid. His son Britt, 22, is in jail. He failed a field sobriety test Aug. 23, after he crashed his pickup truck into some shopping carts in Plymouth Township. Thirty-three pills were found in his pants pocket. Police later found more than 200 other pills in his truck. At the time, he was out on bail awaiting sentencing for flashing a handgun at a motorist. Son Garrett, 24, awaits sentencing on drug and traffic violations.
December 31, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Before the 2012 season began, Eagles players received T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, "It's Time. " The shirts were commissioned by Andy Reid, who wanted to convey a sense of the team having built up to that moment, a sense of urgency to win, that the group was ready to redeem the unmet promise of 2011. Players still wear those T-shirts, which have taken on an unintended mocking quality. "It's Time," all right. Oh, boy, is it ever time. Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie is expected to meet Monday with Reid, and then to announce around noon that Reid's 14-year tenure as head coach is over, after a 4-12 season that began with great promise but ended as the worst of the Reid era. The Eagles lost an astonishing 11 of their final 12 games.
December 24, 2012 |
Andy Reid already had 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 at 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.
August 8, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM – Andy Reid and his family tacitly confirmed the worst in a statement released Monday evening: Garrett Reid "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years" – his battle with drugs, which led to Garrett's incarceration several times from 2007 to 2009. An Eagles spokesman said the family was aware of the inference that would be made from its characterization of the death of the eldest son, who passed away in a Lehigh dorm room Sunday morning. Monday morning, Eagles tackle Todd Herremans said he would be surprised if it turned out Garrett Reid's previous problems factored into his death.
August 1, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Mike Thomas met Andy Reid for the first time before Monday's practice, when the Eagles coach told the former Army sergeant that he looked like a movie star and could be on the field. Thomas, wearing a green Eagles muscle shirt that revealed his Eagles tattoos, told Reid to go win a Super Bowl. It was their first face-to-face encounter, but not the first time they had connected. In 2010, Thomas was badly wounded while serving in Iraq, outside Baghdad. He was in a coma for 20 days in a North Carolina hospital when his family shared his story with the Eagles.
January 6, 2013
During the slow death march that concluded Andy Reid's long career in Philadelphia this fall and winter, something interesting happened: Despite my sports fanaticism, I found myself not caring about the actual games - how many times did I have to watch an overpaid cornerback amble after a fleeing receiver? - but eagerly awaiting the coach's postgame news conferences. After each debacle, the stoic, tight-lipped coach would trudge to the podium and mouth the same platitudes, for which he would be pilloried in the media.
January 23, 2009 |
It took Charlie Manuel until the age of 64 to manage a team to the World Series championship, so if you look at it that way, Andy Reid has 13 more years to get the job done. Although perhaps you don't. The comparison between Manuel, who became a lot smarter when the Phillies beat Tampa Bay in the World Series, and Reid, who became dumber when the Eagles lost in the conference championship game against Arizona, is an interesting one. That Manuel, who has been parodied and pilloried for most of his term as manager, would be the one to bring a championship to the city, is amazing.
October 17, 2012
HE HAS COACHED the Eagles so long now that there are grown men who don't know how it used to be: How Andy Reid's players once sounded very much like the coach; how no matter how bad the loss was, or the start of the season was, the public comments by anyone involved with this team would not even hint at disharmony. You don't rip me. I don't rip you. We don't rip each other. That was the formula. So if you're over the age of, say, 25, if you've been a fan of this team for as long as you can remember, watching Reid hold up his index finger three separate times Monday as he repeatedly and tersely said "one play" was, well, significant.
November 29, 2012
IT CERTAINLY looked like Andy Reid making his way down the sloped aisle from the back of the auditorium at the NovaCare. It was a walk he's made more than 200 times since he took over as the head coach of the Eagles in 1999. But something was different on Tuesday. Once he reached the podium for his day-after-game news conference, this was just a shell of the Andy Reid who had done this for nearly 14 seasons. The confidence, hubris, even arrogance Reid so often demonstrated wasn't there.