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Andy Reid Fired as Philadelphia Eagles Coach

Tenure ends after 14 years for Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid following another disappointing season.

Andy Reid is out.

The longtime coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was fired Monday by owner Jeff Lurie following two disappointing seasons, including a 4-12 campaign that ended Sunday with an ugly loss against the New York Giants.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on their website Monday morning that Reid's tenure as coach has ended.

"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” Lurie said in a statement. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”

The Birds really didn't mesh the past two years as free agent signings of players who were supposedly superstars turned into busts, including Jason Babin and Nnamdi Asomugha.

Also questionable were moves Reid made as far as coaching, adding Jim Washburn to lead the defensive line scheme the "Wide Nine" and former offensive line coach Juan Castillo to serve as defensive coordinator.

Both were fired during the year.

The Michael Vick experiment at quarterback also wasn't successful.

Vick suffered a concussion that knocked him out for a chunk of the year following too many turnovers -- fumbles and interceptions -- and then was benched for rookie Nick Foles.

Reid also suffered on a personal end. His son Garrett died of a heroin overdose during training camp.

No one can argue with Reid's success as the team's coach. He is the winningest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history, having led the team to six NFC East titles, four NFC Championship game appearances and one visit to the Super Bowl during his tenure.

His 140 victories are a franchise record and rank 22nd on the all-time NFL coaching list.

But after a 3-1 start, the Birds crumbled, losing eight in a row. It was a painful season for Eagles fans, especially with Reid always defending his players and basically stating the same phrases after every press conference.

So now the Birds are in foreign territory for the first time since the late 1990s. It will be interesting to see who the team chooses as its new coach.

"The search for the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will begin immediately," said Lurie.

Brett Wells December 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Edward: I agree that it was time for him to go, but your opening premise is totally off base. Reid was never a defensive coach. Jim Johnson was the brains behind the D. Brigham Young University (graduate assistant) San Francisco State University (offensive line coach) Northern Arizona University (offensive line coach) University of Texas at El Paso (offensive line coach) University of Missouri (offensive line coach) Green Bay Packers (offensive assistant) Green Bay Packers (offensive line coach) Green Bay Packers (quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach) Philadelphia Eagles (head coach)
mimi December 31, 2012 at 09:27 PM
dajoepa75...100% agree with you!!!! I think IF or when when they stop this outrageous salaries to these 'men'...... it may make them work harder. It won't happen of course lol but it's insane..it goes to their heads and many play crappy b/c of money coming easy in my opinion ..easy is subjective but I think it's easy with those salaries! they can TRY at least!! geesh!
Eve December 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
dajoepa75 - sorry, my reply was to Concerned Citizen. You and I responded close to the same time. CC had a very different comment than your response.
Richard Weisgrau December 31, 2012 at 09:55 PM
JJ was the defensive genius that to a large extent made the Eagles successful. His fantastic ability to customize the defense game by game kept opponent scoring in check. That in turn had a lot to do with the many victories of a so-so offense.
mimi December 31, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Eve and dajoepa75. I really agree with you guys and will end it with that. I am not a football fan myself (enjoy baseball) have a good one!
Eve December 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Wheezer96, Your analogy is a stretch. Get over it.
susan natale December 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
While I did not always agree with everything Reid did, and believe he was much better with a better group of players behind him, I don't think it was fair to let him go after only two disappointing seasons, even though he did not win a Super Bowl, he brought the Eagles organization back to respect after a long time of suffering and had many playoff showings. He should have been allowed more than 2 years to slide backward before ditching him and trotting off in a new direction, one that may well be not as good, as he was in many respects, a very good coach.
ASR December 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
You just keep Romo!!!
Jim January 01, 2013 at 12:38 AM
huh?
John January 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Yes, its really bad when players do not play the game the way its supposed to be played....There are too many HEADHUNTERS and KNEE BREAKERS in todays sports Chop blocks are taught to hurt people....I really am sorry that its become this way but we do pay for the seats....Have a good year dajoepa75
area man January 01, 2013 at 04:42 AM
I agree Scott (and Mimi). Pro sports have become the opiate of the masses. When most of our neighbors can name their local team's QB, but have no clue who their Congressman is, we've got a problem. Don't get me started on organized sports for kids. Today's youth are told what to do from the time they wake up 'till the time they go to bed. Between coaches, teachers, tutors, scout leaders, etc., kids these days have no time to experience freedom, or the responsibility that comes from it. Yes sports and physical activity are important, but we need to take care to attempt to raise a generation of Americans who can think on their own.
Bill Sams January 01, 2013 at 02:44 PM
You realize that the Coach is not always to blame, But this time yes. Vick was a Bad thing that happened to this team. Let him go back to the Dog Kennel
Esprit de Corps January 01, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Blame the academic standards of the NCAA for the literacy level of the players. It also accredited the Penn State athletic/academic program before the Sandusky scandal and now wants to suck $9 million a year out of PA instead of helping the boys and girls of PA who need it. The NCAA doesn't want anybody to pay attention to its flawed and superficial evaluations. Many of these players will be better off from playing in the NFL and many will go bankrupt. The owners are responsible for the salaries. Since I have attended only 2 games in person, I don't care how much they make and am not jealous. Most Eagles fans are like me in that they haven't paid a lot of money to see the Eagles. Jimmy Johnson's defense won many games early in Reid's career. The fact that the Eastern Division had bozo coaches elsewhere also helped early on. Reid's time was positive overall but let's raise the bar. Good luck to him and his family. Happy New Year to all.
Darlene Miraglia Alessandrini January 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I am sorry to see Andy Reid go after the two years he had of personal family problems the team did not s t do up for h I m know I Nguyen his personal life was is shambles. In the long run his needed family life will be better off.
David Castro January 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Andy has been in that position to long and falling if he was a Afican American coach who have received those opportunities have not had much time to enjoy them. In a pattern that has gone largely unnoticed, except among black coaches themselves, white coaches have been holding on to their jobs for significantly longer than black coaches. At a time when the National Football League can count only 10 black head coaches in its history, the National Basketball Association has reached a position rare for any business: when a black coach or executive is hired or fired, almost nobody mentions race. Opportunity in the N.B.A. appears to have become color blind.Over the last decade, black N.B.A. coaches have lasted an average of just 1.6 seasons, compared with 2.4 seasons for white coaches, "Our white counterparts are given more the benefit of the doubt," So Andy thanks take care of your family but time for a change we waited too long.
John January 01, 2013 at 04:46 PM
@dajoepa75, thanks for the warm wishes, its not easy, but all I can do is carry on...one never knows whats in store for us so we just do the best we can....I hope your new years is also fine....best wishes to all...I think people have to realize that all sports are the same way....Look at the hockey this year nothing going on at all....its not only football...
John January 01, 2013 at 04:55 PM
This is good, your the only one who mentions this argument, I do not know how many sports teams are not mixed, do not know the stats on coaches, but I think the money that they get is the way they think....oh well, push them thru schools and let them play sports, knowledge does not count its all in the money....
Mike Shortall Sr January 01, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Let's not forget that idiot Cataldi was also the one who organized the Draft Day mob that booed the McNabb pick because they wanted Ricky Williams. From the point of which player did the most for his drafting franchise, the comparison is not even close! To this day, WIP and it's FM affiliate never appear on my radio pre-sets.
Mike Shortall Sr January 01, 2013 at 05:22 PM
It's always easy to ignore the posters, like Edward N Flail, Jr, when it's so obvious - even in stating common facts - they have no idea what they're talking about.
Bill Nut January 01, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Vick did us dirty. Get him out of Philly! he's making us look bad! And trade DJack for some one else to, he was such a one year player. For all of you saying "we'll play better without Reid", come back to me next season and see how well their doing.
Marc Lombardi January 02, 2013 at 03:50 AM
A defensive coach? Are you joking? Andy Reid started his career as an offensive line coach (nine years in college) then was an assistant coach (working with QBs) when he was with the Packers. When he finally became the Eagles' head coach he had never once in his entire career been a "defensive" coach of any sort. Andy Reid's strength at defense died with Jim Johnson. I could see if you maybe mistyped defensive instead of offensive, but you went and said that defensive coaches rarely win which is sort of true. So my guess is you just really have no idea about what Reid's strengths really are/were. Then you said that Eagles have no incentive to pay for a winner? They've doled out big contracts to all of their core offensive players. They're brought in the biggest free agent names over the past 3 seasons, leading some to jump on the "Dream Team" bandwagon after Vince Young coined the phrase prior to the 2011 season. How can you possibly say they don't spend money? Not throwing money away is not the same as not spending money. Typical uneducated fairweather Eagles "fan" -- acts as if he knows something about the sport but the more you let one talk the more you realize they have no idea about the game or what they're complaining about.
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 10:56 PM
One good thing about Reid, is that he had the cowboys number !
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Reid should have been let go years ago !
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Kilgore Trout is bad Enough !
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Did U forget about his bad time management ?
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
If U don't like Angelo, Y do U listen ?
R U guessing ? January 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Scott, sounds like U never played ball. Put most of the blame on the parents.
R U guessing ? January 03, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Too bad U feel your life is worthless. If U had half of the talent that any of these athletes have, your name might be on the roster of one of these teams. But since U are so forgiving of people who have paid their debt to society, U have to live your miserable life posting on patch.
R U guessing ? January 03, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I think it is a Very Good analogy.
R U guessing ? January 03, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Time will tell !

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