Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reid says Dawkins' exit was 'Just business'

The Eagles' website used "anything goes" to describe the depth of its exclusive interview with
head coach/executive vice president of football operations Andy Reid.

It was same old, same old.

Regardless, when you cut through the spin Reid basically said letting Eagles icon Brian Dawkins walk in free agency instead of doing whatever it took to keep him was "Just business."

Reid also said the lines of communication were open with quarterback Donovan McNabb. Not open enough for McNabb to leave town and workout, though, after spending a lot of time hanging around the practice complex. The loss of Dawkins obviously had something to do with that.

One of the more revealing parts of the interview was about change.

Reid said "Change doesn't hurt. Sometimes it can be good and sometimes it can be bad. The way we evaluate what we've done we think is good."

The one thing that hasn't changed is Reid. He's preparing for his 11th season as head coach. The Eagles have won 10 regular season games just once in the past four years. Despite their miraculous late-season ascension, one stoked by Dawkins, they're coming off a 9-6-1 campaign.

If nothing changes with the leadership up at the top, nothing changes.

And it looks a lot like the Eagles are running the same old plays that got them where they are.


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