Friday, March 23, 2012

Reid was eyeing West Coast job

Reid wouldn't 'force close' Castillo.
You couldn't get much crazier than the statement Andy Reid supposedly formulated Friday to refute a Los Angeles Times piece suggesting he would have walked away from the Eagles had he not gotten a greater say in personnel decisions.

The sources cited by author Sam Farmer hit the nail right on the head.

Reid's authority has diminished year after year while the influence of team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman has grown.

Reid denied this in the statement. And trust me it was approved by Banner before the football media relations staff hit 'send' on the mass email.

Here's what Reid agreed to say in the statement:

"As far as the personnel control, I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here and that’s never been an issue or a point of contention. Our front office works very well together and that’s one of our strengths.”

Trust me, the only reason Reid isn't the coach of the San Diego Chargers is the Eagles had NO PLAN B.

Reid had had enough of the Eagles' meddling in personnel decisions and his coaching staff. He's a natural fit for the Chargers. Owns a place an hour from the city

Big Red was so infuriated over the criticism of his hire of Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator he called the bluff of Banner.

Reid has total control over at least one thing - his coaching staff. If he was coming back, so was Castillo.

If the Eagles had fired Big Red they would have owed him $11 million. Castillo still is the defensive coordinator. And Steve Spagnuolo, who is tight with Reid, wasn't interested in coming aboard as a defensive assistant.

To give you an idea of what kind of mess the Eagles were internally, Spags passed up an offer from Reid to work for the New Orleans Saints, who basically have been suspended for the 2012 season because of their Bounty Bowl escapades.

Give Reid credit for finally using what leverage he had.

Reid likes often talks about being aggressive. Well, that's what he's been, only with Banner.

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