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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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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Good decision. The Eagles have a good team going into next season so it makes no sense to screw it up by firing Reid.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

This guy is one of the best HCs in the league, eventually he will hit on a legit franchise QB and then win an SB.

And in which decade do you think he'll hit on that quarterback and then win an SB?  You know, Serphnx, some coaches do win Super Bowls without hall-of-fame quarterbacks (ask Brian Billick or even Joe Gibbs, if I recall), and some with top quarterbacks don't go all the way.

Look over Cowher, BB, Schottenheimer, Dungy and a plethora of other coaches that are now considered successful

Successful at what?  At pretty much the same thins Reid is--usually winning more games than he loses and making the playoffs.  Do you consider that enough?  As to the ones you name, Schottenheimer was fired--more than once, I believe.  Dungy was fired from Tampa Bay in less time than Reid's had, before going elsewhere and winning--good for him.  I'm not sure Cowher was with the Steelers without winning the SB quite as long as Reid's been here, but ood for him as well, however long it took (and who knows maybe some other coach might have done it for them anyway if Cowher hadn't).  That doesn't mean it's a smart idea for the Eagles to try to buck the odds and take such a chance.  Reid's had far more chances than most coaches get.

In Reid's case, the club has actually been going in the wrong direction for several years now, not just this year.  First they make it to the NFC conference finals (and lose to a team they should have beaten); the next year they lose in the divisional playoff round; the next year they lose in the wild-card round; and now this year they don't make the playoffs at all--and with a team that they told us should contend for the Super Bowl.  Again, this is going in the wrong direction, not the right one, and you have no basis for assuming the pattern's suddenly going to change any time soon.  And if there isn't, then there's also no basis for saying that Andy Reid is the only person who can possibly be entrusted with coaching the team.  Unfortunately, it will now take another year--at best--for Lurie to figure that out.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

I can see the team giving Andy Reid one last chance and I think he has done a pretty good job over the years and he is a good coach. But if you ask me if Andy Reid can win the superbowl the answer is heck no! He is bad at clock management and his teams seems to always come up short in the big game



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Serphnx - There are definatly worse HC's then Reid but if you think after 13 years he's the best fit for the philly job your crazy. If your logic is right and that McNabb and Vick are "stupid losers" (lol) then why does he call twice as many pass plays then run? If he's a good coach then why did he just give Vick $100mm contract to a "stupid loser". Why did he hire his oline coach to run his Def? Why doesn't he give the starting RB in the pro bowl the ball more than 10xs in some games? Full disclosure I'm a Giants fan that loves that they are bringing Reid back. Guy is a good coach that needs a new start.
Just some other notes per your logic. The year Dungy left they TB won the superbowl Pitt has won another and lost another SB since  Cower left... You have a difficult perception being a Oakland fan but there are times when time is up...




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Vontaze Burfict



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

It dosen't matter who coaches this team.  Even if they fill some of there player needs, they will never win a Super Bowl with Vic at the "Helm"



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

Reid got saved by the shortened off-season and all of the new acqusitions.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

I can't believe all the hate Reid gets from stupid fans. This guy is one of the best HCs in the league, eventually he will hit on a legit franchise QB and then win an SB. Look over Cowher, BB, Schottenheimer, Dungy and a plethora of other coaches that are now considered successful, they rarely if ever had a franchise QB, and generally their teams do much worse after they leave.

McNabb always sucked and was a loser, and Vick is a loser too. If Reid gets lucky, Vick stops being a stupid loser or they catch lightning in a bottle with Kafka when Vick gets injured again, and they can go on a run. If not for Bledsoe getting injured, everyone would consider BB an idiot and a failed HC in two franchises, even though BB is clearly one of the best coaches of all time. People always forget the circumstances and revise history.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

See Will, even Lurie knows, fool's gold :P

The Eagles have to fire Castillo whether they get Spags or not. The fans and media will be relentless if they don't, and everytime the defense struggles it will be in the back of everyone's mind their D coordinator is an O-line coach. Bringing back Juan just means more stress for Big Red.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Eagles bring back Reid, coaching changes his call

I was asked before how much longer does one give Andy Reid, or how much longer do we have to withstand him?  I said 2012 and I was right.  So in 2013, you'll end getting what you want.
Blitz, we can only hope you're right.  But it won't necessarily turn out either of those ways.  You know how it goes: they get off to a good start in 2012, and eight games in Reid's agent tells Lurie they want a contract extension--saying, "Well, this is necessary if you want Andy to have the necessary authority with the players," blah, blah, blah.  And Lurie may very well fall for it, as I believe he has in the past.  Then they don't win the Super Bowl next year--or they even fall out of the playoffs early again or don't make them again--and then Reid's still here anyway for 2013 with a nice new extension and no Super Bowl.  Unless Lurie feels like eating all those salary years, which he's never shown any sign of being willing to do yet.


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