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Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:03 pm
Andy Reid and Michael Vick will get another shot in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

This isn't a huge shock, but the Eagles are bringing back Andy Reid, the NFL's longest-tenured coach, for at least one more season.

Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles owner, announced as much (in a lengthy fashion!) during a press conference Tuesday.

"I want to see our team coached by Andy Reid next year and I can't wait," Lurie said. "If our goal is to win title, Andy Reid is our guy."

Lurie also added that any coaching changes are "up to Andy" -- the most obvious decision everyone's wondering about is the possibility of changing defensive coordinators. Juan Castillo was, arguably, more embattled in 2011 than any head coach in the NFL and it won't sit well with the locals if he remains the defensive coordinator, particularly with ex-Eagles coach Steve Spagnuolo now on the free-agent market.

Of course, the Eagles defense was substantially better down the stretch in 2011, but don't think Lurie didn't notice the schedule they had.

In his press conference, Lurie pointed to the Eagles strong close to the season and said that to hold onto a four-game winning streak against teams that didn't make the playoffs would be "fool's gold."

"I think there was a miscalculation of implementing scheme changes in a post-lockout season," Lurie said when pressed about Castillo's status. "Anyone who's known Juan Castillo knows he's an incredibly impressive man. Was he put into a tough situation early? Tough to say."

But Lurie added that the decision to keep or not keep Castillo was completely up to Reid. The only difference, based on Lurie's comments Tuesday, is that Reid would be wise to get his team motivated to play before December this season, otherwise 2011 won't go down as the "most disappointing" season of his career.

Next year will.

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Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:59 am

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

LAMROOSH,  you might want to start talking about things you actually know the facts too.  Michael Vick didn't serve his proper time and he did receive special treatment, if you would have read all the court reports as I did, you would know that Vick was never prosecuted for all the dogs he killed and tortured, but instead served less than 16 months for across state line gambling and being the money man of a dog gambling ring.  The last two months of his sentence were spent at his cozy home on house arrest. The other two men who were prosecuted with scum bag Vick are still in jail.   If it was you or I that would have been up for the same charges as Vick, you can bet we would have gotten at least 10 years for the same crimes and definitely wouldn't get are jobs back plus a 500% raise after one year of sitting on the sidelines.  Michael Vick has killed more animals with his bare hands than every serial killer known to man in the last 40 years combined and if you have ever read any psycholigal profiles on serial killers, you would know that everyone of them started out by killing animals.  Michael Vick if not for being a famous athlete would be classified as a psychotic individual that should not be trusted around people or animals. 

By the way, as far as Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth go, they shouldn't be allowed back in the NFL either and don't forget the other scum bag Ray Lewis, who took part in a double murder then ratted on his two buddies so they could serve the time and he could go back to making millions in the NFL.  We need to start treating these celebrities and pro athletes exactly like anyone else would be treated in the courts and in public. 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:58 am

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

I was pretty pissed Dallas didn't make the playoffs but they got what they deserve i guess.
But hearing the Eagles are keeping Reid just makes me feel so much better. ha ha ha ha
I guess that was your Super Bowl this year?

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:51 am

Reid's last chance

He won't get another chance with Philly after next season without the Lombardi trophy in the Eagles front office. After that, count on him being fired and moving out west to start up for the Chargers.

Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:50 am

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Am I the only one who sees absolutely no player accountability here?  Is it Reids fault when D. Jackson gets alligator arms on crossing patterns?  Is it Castillo's fault when our star free agent acquisition isn't too thrilled with the prospect of tackling someone.  Is it Castillo's fault that he had to " Dumb down the Defense"  because our stellar defense couldn't quite pick up the original plan?  Let's call it what it is.  Now add Spagnola and have our defense have to learn yet another new system and just what do you think would happen?
So please everyone, lets be honest here, and say if we had disciplined, motivated, and caring football players, OUR EAGLES might have actually competed this year. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:37 am

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

i like this decision. not only would someone else probably not do as good a job for next year, but all hehas done for the franchise, keeping them at the top. all those nfc champsionship games. he deverses a chance not to be fired after one bad year.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:30 pm

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

KLM, let it go. The man did his time while receiving no special treatment from either the courts or the NFL. He's involved himself in the community of Philadelphia's ASPCA programs long before he ever cracked the starting lineup. We can debate whether or not he should be the Eagles starting quarterback; there is plenty of evidence on both sides of the fence for that argument. But clearly you're incapable of seeing past the fact he killed dogs. If Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth were both allowed back then Michael Vick deserves his opportunity as well. 

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:29 pm

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

I agree with this move 100 percent. We will finally be able as a team and city be able to determine that it has been coaching these past few years and not the players if the team falters next year. This team is loaded with talent. You can say they could use a linebacker or possible another offensive linemen or two, but every team has holes some bigger than the rest. Coaches would salivate with the opportunity to be able to coach this group of players. The only reason Reid stays is because the players love him and he always has their back. I hope that Andy gets smart and makes the neccesary move to sign Steve Spagnuolo. He might not be the very best d coordinator out there, but he is a HUGE upgrade over Castillo. Michael Vick the last few games finally figured out the form he had the following year when he was so dominant. If he would just slide. I do agree he turns the ball over a little too much, but that can always be corrected. I hope that with a full year of planning and being able to gel that this team can play up to its potential. I know that they can beat anyone in the league with that talent, and if they put the right pieces in place coaching and motivate them to play to their ability they will be a Super Bowl contender no doubt heading into next year. And yes I said Super Bowl because if you look at the Eagles schedule its brutal. If they go something like 12-4 or 11-5 watch out they will be the team to beat. You heard it first right here. Come find me when they make a Super Bowl appearance and hopefully a win, because I am tired of losing every year. And to be honest with a  new coach and this team being bad next year that means one thing. REBUILD. And the city and I are not ready for that. 

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:18 pm

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

When Andy Reid inherited many of the Ray Rhodes/Tom Modrack era players such as Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Troy Vincent, Hugh Douglas among other, he inherited a team that only need a few years at the bottom of the draft to get competitive.

Since 2004 Andy Reid's record is barley above .500, and is considerd average at best. The team has gone 11-5, 10-6, and 8-8 in consecutive seasons.

He has issues with clock management, he has been outcoached multiple times in big games, and this year made the inexplicable choice to hire Juan Castillo.

Couple that with Joe Banner and Howie Roseman and the Eagles have a front office who can't draft or sign talent, and a coach who's philiosphies will never make him any better then an 11-5 second round playoff exit.

That may be acceptable in certain towns, but if the ulitmate goal is to win a championship, then I couldn't disagree with your opinion more. I think most teams are trying to win Super Bowls and although believing in continuity, understand that it does not take 16 years to win a Championship, especially with the players this team has had.

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:26 pm

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

and yes, Pats fan, you should know all about "insider" info, eh?  just ask Belicheat for any 'insider" info on their last four Super Bowl opponents, besides NY, and I'm sure you'll be satisfied. 

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:21 pm

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

coming from a Rams fan in California, your comments are not about unsuccessful, often-injured QB's, ala Sam Bradford.  hope you enjoyed those two wins you had this year.

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