Thursday, January 19, 2012

Andy Reid flexes his muscles

The relationship between the Eagles' front office and head coach Andy Reid has hit another ugly low.
Steve Spagnuolo's decision to accept the  defensive coordinator job with the New Orleans Saints is the latest smoking gun.
Spagnuolo and Reid are represented by super agent Bob LaMonte. If Spags sees more opportunity in the French Quarter it's because Reid told him exactly how difficult it is working at One  NovaCare Way these days. If the Eagles didn't pitch the job to Spags, whoever said no should be summarily fired.
Who Reid has on his staff is his prerogative. Unless the Eagles over-achieve in 2012 his loyalty to first-year  defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who struggled last season, will cost him his job.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear just days after the season ended without a playoff berth that Reid's coaching and the performance of the team were  unacceptable.
At a bizarre news conference Lurie reamed Reid out on a level that made you believe he was going to ax Big Red. Moments later the owner did a (180) and said he would keep Reid for 2012.
Sounding detached, Lurie openly questioned Reid's decision to switch Castillo from the offensive line to defensive coordinator. Lurie indicated Castillo may not have been in a position to succeed.
It was embarrassing for all.
Meanwhile the Eagles put Reid's end of season news conference on hold until the coaching situation was squared away. Oh, and Johnnie Lynn was axed as defensive backs coach to open the door to bring in a defensive authority like Spagnuolo, who, knowing Reid and having the same agent  obviously wasn't interested.
Did we mention that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is bailing? He's interviewing for a head coaching position in Oakland.
What's clear is the Eagles are at odds  internally, Reid is a lame duck and the 2012 campaign only is delaying the inevitable - the end of the most successful era in the modern history of the franchise.
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(Below, like Andy Reid,  Mike Vick's days with Eagles also may be numbered.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a 180 dimwit

January 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or how about Andy's contract is running up and he sees the Saints as a more stable organization at the present time?

January 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess he was at odds with Heckert, too; considering Harbaugh, Childress, Frazier, etc. all left during the Reid/Heckert regime.

January 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when is getting a head coaching position bailing (re. Mornhinweg)? Hey Bob, how about you call Spags, or the Eagles, and at least get them on record (no comment and all) as to whether Reid approached Spags about the DC job? Blogs like this make me think I'm reading Rich Hoffman.

January 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM 
Anonymous Micluther said...

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear just days after the season ended without a playoff berth that Reid's coaching and the performance of the team were unacceptable.

January 27, 2012 at 5:05 AM 
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