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Andy Reid denies internal rift in Philadelphia

A. Reid.jpgIn a surprisingly entertaining interview with WIP Monday, Eagles coach Andy Reid took umbrage with the notion that there were internal arguments about getting rid of Donovan McNabb.

“There was absolutely no debate,” Reid said. “There was never a point where we weren’t on same page
here.  This is what we all felt was right for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Jason Cole of Yahoo! painted a different picture, one in which team president Joe Banner and new G.M. Howie Roseman essentially wanted McNabb out while Reid wanted to keep McNabb.  Banner’s rising influence versus Reid was also a subject of a recent piece by Michael Silver.

Reid was unusually animated in the interview, lavishing praise on Banner and Roseman.  Reid has done a ton of media in the last 24 hours — which we appreciate — and the intent could be to present a unified front.

Reid said he wasn’t concerned about the Redskins knowing his system.  “I’ll send them the playbook,” he said.  

He also took issue with the ridiculous theories the Eagles tried to steal headlines from the Phillies.

“It couldn’t wait. . . . With these deals, that have taken time coming to a head, and then there is an opportune time, you got to step on it! Or it is over. . . . You’ve got to have a feel for when that time is.  It just happened to come Easter Sunday,” Reid said. 

“It just happened it was before the opening day for the Phillies, and Tiger Woods . . . and the NCAA Finals.  I’d like to tell you I’m good enough to plan it that way.”  (Tiger who?)

The interview concluded with host Howard Eskin admitting that Reid had “big ones” to trade McNabb in the division.

“Are you talking about my stomach, Howard?” Reid asked.

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  1. MagicMan407 says: Apr 5, 2010 7:03 PM

    LOL

  2. filthymcnasty says: Apr 5, 2010 7:06 PM

    “I’ll send them the playbook”.
    You already did that yesterday.
    We all love the utility belt, fat man.

  3. Oakfan23 says: Apr 5, 2010 7:07 PM

    Jason Cole is a troublemaker. “Internal rift in Philly”, “McNabb would retire if traded to Oakland”, this guy is a moron. Tell him to do some “REAL” reporting

  4. jreed says: Apr 5, 2010 7:07 PM

    “goodness gracious” Andy Reid is Smart!

  5. jibfest says: Apr 5, 2010 7:07 PM

    Look up Keith Brooking’s comments about when they played the Eagles in the playoffs. Reid doesn’t need to send the playbook. Ole’ predictable Andy Reid, doesn’t change squat during the games to adjust, never did, never will.

  6. Citizen Strange says: Apr 5, 2010 7:09 PM

    What about a schism or chasm?

  7. Jaydub says: Apr 5, 2010 7:12 PM

    *Que up the Eagles fans who will say that this isn’t a story, and then start crying uncontrollably*

  8. Bigbluefan says: Apr 5, 2010 7:12 PM

    Andy got rid of #5 because he would not share a chesse steak with Andy
    Andy why not ask your kids for some Diet pills or call that fat fool at the jets and find out about eating a rubber band
    When the egals are at the bottom of the east andy will be shown the door 7-9 this year
    they will be 1-5 in the NFC East

  9. Ryyaaaaan says: Apr 5, 2010 7:24 PM

    When is Florio gonna apologize to G. Cobb?

  10. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    don’t read to much into Reids comments…it’s a running gag about Eskin being Reids mouthpiece at 610 WIP, to the point that some on the air radio people make comments about where does Eskin get better benifits w/WIP or the Eagles OR being referred to as a A$$KISSER

  11. FrankfordYellowJackets says: Apr 5, 2010 7:33 PM

    Well if the Yahoo Jason Cole says it, it must be true.

  12. Sock_Puppet says: Apr 5, 2010 7:35 PM

    Jeez, Reid has two stomachs? Slob.

  13. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 5, 2010 7:43 PM

    Tell Reid Shanny will be by tomorrow to pick up that copy of the playbook. Don’t bother mailing it. Why say something so stupid?

  14. ahajha says: Apr 5, 2010 7:44 PM

    Bla bla, kiss your season goodbye. I hope you like getting steamrolled by NY and the Cowgirls this year.

  15. Deb says: Apr 5, 2010 7:47 PM

    I agree that he’s not good enough to plan any headline thievery–and to what purpose? Tiger Woods was going to be the top sports story any way you looked at it, with the NCAA Finals following on his heels. Even I know that and I hate golf and could care less about college b’ball.
    The news here is Reid skipping around the various sports outlets with a basket over his arm, tossing flowers at ever mention of Banner and Roseman. That kinda makes you think that if the Eagles don’t reclaim the division title and make it past the championship game really soon Andy will be skipping out the door right behind Donovan.
    Sorry, Andy, but after the struggles he’s had in Philly, unless they wind up meeting Pittsburgh, I hope the Redskins bring Donovan the kind of luck they brought Doug Williams.

  16. nfcbeast says: Apr 5, 2010 7:58 PM

    Winning from the start will quickly put to bed and unrestful staff members…..
    Andy is gonna blow up this year, he misses his boy Donny and gonna hit the cheesesteaks Haaaaaaarrd!

  17. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 5, 2010 8:07 PM

    Reid said he wasn’t concerned about the Redskins knowing his system. “I’ll send them the playbook,” he said.
    ————————————–
    Well, judging from last season it seems like the Cowboys already had it.

  18. Drat says: Apr 5, 2010 8:09 PM

    An alternative, non-lawyer view. Reid was being honest.

  19. ZombieRevolution says: Apr 5, 2010 8:10 PM

    “Reid has done a ton of media in the last 24 hours — which we appreciate — and the intent could be to present a unified front.”
    This just reinforces that you have to be careful what you believe that comes from the media- including this outlet.

  20. robert ethan says: Apr 5, 2010 8:15 PM

    The “internal rift” I would fear in the presence of Reid would be those methane gas bubbles between the partly digest food matter in his intestines.

  21. JSpicoli says: Apr 5, 2010 8:28 PM

    Jason Cole is a tool.

  22. goJags says: Apr 5, 2010 8:38 PM

    Andy Reid and McNabb are really good coach and good QBs. Most of the Eagles fans dont know this. There is not a franchise that is as successful as the eagles in the past 10 years in the NFC. The only blame one could make is they haven’t won the biggest game. Just be Patient for few years, I am sure Reid will have his hand on the Lombardi trophy. We all know how long it took for the Belichek (The Genius in both football and cheating) to put his hand in the lombardi trophy.
    As a Jags fan, I wish we have a coach of Reid’s caliber. I wish the powers-so-be in the eagles organization give the powers-as-much-be to Reid. I remember that he was in the hottest seat in 2008 and he took that as a challenge and made the team run to the NFC championship. There are not many coaches like this in the league who can do this. As much accomplished Reid is if other coaches where in the same situation they would rather relax and get the buy out plan and move on to other team for even a bigger check. Philly Fans be happy that you have one of the best coaches coaching your team.
    I would be more impressed with Reid than before if the above rumor is true. We all know Reid said that McNabb is the starting QB for the 2010 season earlier. It would be apparent that he did his effort to save McNabb from being traded. In the era of selfish coaches, McNabb values more on the player side and this character would definitely help the players in the team play more motivated than before.

  23. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Apr 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    Ha, ha…Cowgirls. That one never gets old.
    Yawwwwwwn…

  24. jreed says: Apr 5, 2010 9:29 PM

    Bla bla, kiss your season goodbye. I hope you like getting steamrolled by NY and the Cowgirls this year.
    The NFC East as a whole was sorry last year…What has either Team done to improve their team so far in the off season??? Nothing! The Eagles are taking a HUGE Chance in Kolb that he can step up to be the guy…If they are right, They will be fine and do well. Redskins have a few areas to address before the season starts but otherwise they have improved their team well. So I thinks that the Giants and Cowboys should be worried that they will be steamrolled by the Eagles and the Skins!

  25. Norseman says: Apr 5, 2010 9:34 PM

    Geez, what is it with guys in some organizations? Everything is a Dick Contest. They come in, start throwing their weight around, banging their balls on the desk and pissing all over everything to mark their territory. Grow up.

  26. slick12 says: Apr 5, 2010 9:40 PM

    I like Reid too but I think his problem has been for the most part a quarterback who was not suited for his system, who thought he had to strong arm every throw, who didn’t keep his promise to “do whatever is needed to win …” when he stopped running. During many games, McNabb had the opportunity to do just that when, not finding an open receiver, he failed to advance the ball by running for a first down thus controlling the clock and keeping drives alive. By being indecisive and holding the ball too long and forcing the offensive line to hold their blocks so long until it broke down thus making it appear as though the offensive line was at fault, by taking needless sacks instead of throwing the ball away, by telegraphing throws, by piss-poor mechanics with his long windup, by poor execution of the plays which all begin with the quarterback leading to infuriating three-and-outs and forcing an exhausted unrested defense back on to the field which lead to the other team advancing th ball and eventually scoring. It was time for a change.

  27. raw B says: Apr 5, 2010 9:51 PM

    The Eagles needed this change. Dont forget how good they draft…(trent cole and Brent Celek both 5th rounders….) It seems the only position they couldnt nail (wr) is already set!

  28. KingJoe! says: Apr 5, 2010 10:03 PM

    Wow, Norseman proves the softening of America’s youth. Within 20 years, Canada is going to walk across the border and make our national sport hockey and start intramural curling at every high school in America.

  29. Section731 says: Apr 5, 2010 10:21 PM

    You are on the money slick. McNabb isn’t a classic west coast QB and Reid wouldn’t adjust to his skills. It was time for ths change. I wish that both of them weren’t so stubborn. That Reid would run the ball more so that play action (which 5 excels at) would be more effective and that McNabb would actually trust his receivers and lead them rather than waiting for them to clear and rocketing it to where they are – not where they are going. That being said – I think McNabb will do well with Shanahan – he has a similar skill set as Elway (without the balls to squeeze one in there though) and Shanahan will know how to use him.

  30. buddha says: Apr 5, 2010 10:26 PM

    JIBFEST, your precioius little cowboys looked pretty damn predictable to the Vikings as well!! 3 points in a playoff game?? I dont think cowboy fans should be running their mouths as if their team actually won anything worth bragging about. Wildcard wins dont get you nothing but a lower draft pick buddy!

  31. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 5, 2010 10:31 PM

    “The interview concluded with host Howard Eskin admitting that Reid had “big ones” to trade McNabb in the division.
    “Are you talking about my stomach, Howard?” Reid asked.”
    He’s talking about your NFL-record manboobs, Andy.

  32. theKING says: Apr 5, 2010 10:37 PM

    theKING will chime in on a few points
    1) Eskin is a fraud. He is so far up Andy’s heiney the coach can taste Brylcream.
    2) The relationship with Mc5 was over. Had to trade him now, he could’ve walked for nothing after the ’10 season.
    3) Kolb can play. A big, strong arm that can reach the sprinters lined up @ WR for Birds. A few times last yr DJAX looked like he was fielding punts, not passes from Donnie.
    4) The Eagles may slide back in ’10 to jump to the front of the pack in ’11.
    In 1 year they went from oldest team in NFC to 1 of the youngest in the lg. Gotta give f.o. credit for this.
    KING~out

  33. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 5, 2010 10:39 PM

    “The Eagles needed this change. Dont forget how good they draft”
    Yeah. Andrews, Bunkley, Patterson, McDougle, FredEx, Lito, Simon, Pinkston, Barry Gardner, Bobby Williams, Caver, Lewis, Sheldon Brown, LJ Smith, Reggie Brown, Matt McCoy, Justice, and Abiamiri are all such great first and second round picks.
    “It seems the only position they couldnt nail (wr) is already set!”
    They could use some NFL-caliber LBs. And some DBs that can tackle and/or cover somebody one-on-one. The DL isn’t all that great outside of Cole, either.

  34. Floriosadouchebag says: Apr 5, 2010 10:52 PM

    It’s a shame Jeff Lurie lets those two chess geeks (Joe and Howie) make the decision. If Reid has “huge ones”, he would have demanded they keep McNabb. Those front running Eagles fans, like Lowell Rikert, better get use to last place for awhile.

  35. raider_from_az says: Apr 6, 2010 12:26 AM

    how exactly is it andy reid’s fault that people care more about the NFL then baseball or golf combined?

  36. FrenchyFuqua says: Apr 6, 2010 3:35 AM

    The only rifting going on will be lard ass Reids smelly farts after his daily 12 burritto kunch..

  37. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 6, 2010 9:09 AM

    “He’s talking about your NFL-record manboobs, Andy.”
    Says the guy who’d dearly love to motorboat on Wade Phillips.

  38. Raiders757 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:10 AM

    Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports likes to paint different pictures all of the time. The kind that distort reality and the truth.

  39. ICDogg says: Jul 18, 2010 3:23 PM

    If I believed Cole, no one in the league wanted to do business with Roseman. But did anyone make more trades this offseason so far?

  40. ICDogg says: Jul 18, 2010 3:34 PM

    If I believed Cole, no one in the league wanted to do business with Roseman. But did anyone make more trades this offseason so far?

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