The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that they have fired Head Coach Andy Reid. Owner Jeffery Lurie made the statement at a Monday press conference after a dismal 42-7 loss in New York Sunday.
In an official statement, Lurie explained, “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.”
Reid led the Eagles to five NFC Championships and a Super Bowl appearance through 14 years.
“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.”
From the first moment, to the last, Reid stuck by his guns. He backed his players, and burdened all responsibility for every poor loss. In addition, Reid deferred credit to the players in each memorable win.
Even through a rough 4-12 year, Reid took full blame. He went down fighting until the last game, evident in a game-opening onside kick and two fourth down attempts in the first quarter.
After the game yesterday, Reid responded to the situation by stating “Either way, I understand. So that’s how it is, this is the business that I’ve chosen. I’ve been very fortunate to have been here as long as I have and if I’m here again, I’ll love every minute of it. If I’m not, I’ll understand that, too.”
The Eagles will hold a 1 PM press conference to finalize the firing. It will be aired on philadelphiaeagles.com, as well as on Sports Radio 94 WIP(610 AM).
Reid has been one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Eagles fans are ever grateful, Big Red, for 14 years of memories, jubilation, and winning. Even though he started every press conference after losing with “I gotta do a better job,” all in all, he did fine over the course of 14 years. Philadelphia will never forget the great Andy Reid.