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Rumors of Andy Reid leaving Philly aren’t true, either

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Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t the only guy whose team lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs facing recent — and rampant — rumors that he’ll be leaving his job.  Rumors also are swirling that Eagles coach Andy Reid abruptly will leave the team.  And that ESPN’s Jon Gruden will replace him.

For starters, a Reid-for-Gruden swap couldn’t immediately happen, unless chronic use of the “F” word qualifies Gruden for some sort of Tourette’s-style disability status under the Rooney Rule.  Though it seems much easier these days to find a candidate who’ll participate in a perfunctory interview, a bang-bang, Reid-out-Gruden-in simply wouldn’t work.

Apart from the inability to introduce Gruden a day after bidding farewell to Reid, a source with knowledge of the situation says that Reid is going nowhere.  Sure, it’s become hard to accept much of anything at face value of late when it comes to the Eagles, given the whole “Kevin Kolb is still the starter . . . no, he isn’t” and the whole “Sean McDermott is still the defensive coordinator . . . no he isn’t.”  But given that the rumors are that Reid will be gone within the next day or so, I’m more than willing to trust my source on this one.

UPDATE:  A prior version of this post contained somewhat clumsy wording regarding the notion that Gruden could qualify as a Rooney Rule interview because he says the “F” word a lot.  A couple of readers apparently thought that I was suggesting chronic use of the “F” word constitutes some sort of a racial stereotype.  My question is this:  Which race doesn’t include folks who chronically use the “F” word?

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36 Responses to “Rumors of Andy Reid leaving Philly aren’t true, either”
  1. dawkinseffect says: Feb 7, 2011 9:55 AM

    well maybe Reid will become a front office guy and Gruden takes the head coaching job *wishful thinking*

    like all Eagles fans, we are tired of the pass first, pass second, run a dive on 3rd and 12 and punt on 4th and 11 play calling

  2. greggyd717 says: Feb 7, 2011 9:57 AM

    I find it funny that this rumor came about from a self-admitted ridiculous rumor that Kyle Eckel posted to his facebook, a random reporter at the University of Missouri, and a random blog. It’s amazing how these things sprout legs and do the internet run-around overnight. I’ve heard everything from Reid was fired, to he’s stepping down for personal reasons, to he’s taking a Mike Holmgren-esque role in the organization.

    I also heard someone say that a relative that works at the Eagles training complex saw Gruden come out of a meeting last week with the Eagles brass and that the rumor was set to “leak” today. It amazes me how many people have sources once they get a whisper of a rumor from a website with zero credibility.

  3. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    Reid probably isn’t going anyplace.

    At least not until after the next CBA is finished…

  4. sdffa11 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:01 AM

    psh, yea right. we’re stuck with him, for better or for worse, forever

  5. tombrookshire says: Feb 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    They say God answers prayer, so maybe it is true. There have been a lot of prayers going up in Philly. You are right. Reid is going nowhere. Lurie is not unhappy with Reid. Quite the opposite. When a guy turns $185M into $1.2B, you kinda have a loyalty to that guy that losing a playoff game or two, or one SB appearance in 12 is not going to extinguish. Look, the Eagle$ is a money printing machine. That’s as much Reid’s doing as Banner and Lurie. Why would you mess with that? When Lurie first bought the team, he said he wanted to win championships. Today, he has settled nicely into his status as a billionaire. He is even back to producing a film or two again. I predict that Lurie will sell the team before Reid leaves, and given that Mrs. Lurie isn’t particularly fond of Philly, and Mr. Lurie has an Oscar-nominated documentary in his pocket, they may be on their way back to Hollywood sooner rather than later.

  6. schmedley69 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    I find it hard to believe that he would leave now. After he saw the Packers win the Super Bowl passing 90% of the time, Andy is probably chomping at the bit to become the first coach in NFL history to pass the ball 100% of the time during an entire season.

  7. sportsjoe says: Feb 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    “…unless chronic use of the “F” word qualifies Gruden for minority status under the Rooney Rule.”

    What an unnecessary comment. I understand that you are right in that the immediate swap for Gruden would not satisfy the Rooney rule…but are you saying black people swear more and use the F word more. Look at Rex Ryan, you REALLY need to watch your cute jokes.

  8. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 7, 2011 10:12 AM

    Reid was given a contract extension at the beginning of this year. This happened after the McNabb trade & leading into a season where even the ownership knew it was a rebuilding year.

    he changes his QB and goes on to win the division and earn a playoff birth. . now i dont love Andy and i believe his philosophies can win a title.
    but there is NO WAY anyone else is the eagles head coach next year.

  9. credds65 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    Eagles don’t want to win a Superbowl. Andy’s safe for another 5 years

  10. flyinhighwithvick says: Feb 7, 2011 10:21 AM

    Why can’t this be true? When are those idiots in the front office going to realize that Andy Reid football WON’T win you a Super Bowl? Enough is enough already. I will drive his fat rear end to the airport myself.

    I long for Richie Kotite. Ok maybe not, but change is needed, NOW.

  11. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 7, 2011 10:33 AM

    @sportsjoe

    I think he means that people who drop the “F” bomb every 30 seconds are in a minority class of their own, atleast thats the way I read it. Also, whats unneccesary is that you assume that African Americans are the only Minority Group in the U.S., albeit the largest, but not the only.

  12. chapnastier says: Feb 7, 2011 10:33 AM

    Even more reason why the Rooney Rule has got to go. If the owner of a private business wants to swap someone at a position he should have the ability to do so without interviews. People get promoted all the time in the real world.

  13. sj39 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:34 AM

    Reid has one of those faces that makes him look like he’s always constipated.

  14. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 7, 2011 10:35 AM

    Isn’t Andy Reid nothing more than a fatter version of Jeff Fischer?

  15. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    If he leaves, I’d wager there’s a good chance he enters himself to win the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest this summer.

  16. fastrichie says: Feb 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    “…unless chronic use of the “F” word qualifies Gruden for minority status under the Rooney Rule.”

    What an unnecessary comment. I understand that you are right in that the immediate swap for Gruden would not satisfy the Rooney rule…but are you saying black people swear more and use the F word more. Look at Rex Ryan, you REALLY need to watch your cute jokes.

    FWIW … Though I could be wrong, I don’t believe that was his intention at all. I think he was simply trying to be funny.

  17. hatesycophants says: Feb 7, 2011 10:42 AM

    @sportsjoe,

    That’s exactly how it reads.

  18. colonelcamp says: Feb 7, 2011 11:03 AM

    “…unless chronic use of the “F” word qualifies Gruden for minority status under the Rooney Rule.”

    I took this to mean that minorities use the F word more than non-minorities.

    He might not have meant it that way. I don’t know the guy from a hole in the wall, but that’s sure what it read like!

  19. kolbfan says: Feb 7, 2011 11:05 AM

    Oh God Pleeeeeaase let this rumor be true.
    Reid is a solid NFL coach but he’s got some MAJOR blindsides, namely clock management & inability to adjust a gameplan mid-game.
    National media, just like the McNabb thing, never see’s these faults but us fans are tired, tired, tired of it. I would trade all of Andy Reid’s winning seasons for just one Lombardi trophy. Look at his playoff percentages!
    This guy has got to go. Seriously. It’s time.

  20. sudzy11 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:15 AM

    Reid has to leave soon. He is running out of scapegoats.

  21. bobbyhoying says: Feb 7, 2011 11:21 AM

    So maybe Gruden started the rumor. In Reid’s defense, I want to see how the team performs after a few more years under Howie Rosen. The facts are we almost took out the team that just won the Super Bowl with a bunch of rookies and late round draft picks on defense. The other teams the Packers beat did not come as close to winning as we did – in a transition year no less. I’ll bet the vast majority of Eagle’s fans want Reid back.

  22. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 11:21 AM

    What is with the Gruden obsession among fans? Yes, he won a Super Bowl….with a ridiculous defense built upon the back of Tony Dungy. However, look at his record over the next 6-7 seasons; several games under .500. I think Eagles fans need to realize that the Eagles are a successful franchise because of Andy Reid, not in spite of him.

  23. proeagles1 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:24 AM

    To even put Andy Reid and John Gruden in the same sentence is a complete insult to Reid. Gruden has a 45-51 record and no playoff wins in his last 6 seasons. His offense never finished higher than 18th. Long Live Andy Reid.

  24. ttommytom says: Feb 7, 2011 11:24 AM

    @rabidbillsfan is correct on both counts.

    I read it that way too. To read that as AA’s curse more or even to single out AA is wanting to read race into it and a specific one at that.

  25. sabeybaby says: Feb 7, 2011 11:27 AM

    look-a-like…Andy Reid and Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies.

  26. mharenza says: Feb 7, 2011 11:28 AM

    And another thing….as I recall Gruden’s offenses were terrible. Seriously, a guy just throws around superlatives on television and people think he is the answer to all things football. Next thing you know Dilfer will be named offensive coordinator.

  27. 00reo says: Feb 7, 2011 11:29 AM

    Been a lot of rumors these past few weeks about people leaving and Gruden taking over. Makes you wonder how many are started by Gruden’s camp to drum up interest.

  28. phillybirds says: Feb 7, 2011 11:31 AM

    Jon Gruden for president!

  29. realphan says: Feb 7, 2011 11:46 AM

    For all you moron- FAIRWEATHER- Eagles fans out there that want Gruden over Reid, you are out of your minds!

    First off, you bitched for the longest time about how REID never plays rookies, and drafts horribly. Now, take a look at the amount of pro bowlers Andy Read has drafted vs. Gruden. I believe gruden drafted, one….Cadillac Williams, drove him into the ground in 7 straight starts, and nothing since! WOW!

    Second, you bitched and moaned when REID bought in Vick, then praised him for making him as good as he is now…..answer me this….WHAT QB HAS GRUDEN EVER DEVELOPED??? He had to get Rich Gannon in Oakland, and had Brad Johnson in TB, then NOTHING! he was at TB for 7 years after Johnson left, and NOT ONE QB was ever good there. AND HE HAD GARCIA>>>AFTER REIDS time with him!

    Third, do you realize that Andy Reid has a WAAAAAYYY better winning percentage than gruden, who was barely above .500 in 7 years with TB????

    Next you gonna say, well gruden has a SB ring, where is REIDS? If Andy Reid left the Eagles, then IMMEDIATLEY played them in the superbowl, using plays HE WROTE….(ie., GRUDEN FACING OAKLAND….WITH PLAYS GRUDEN WROTE)……with one of the best HOF defenses of all time (that oh yeah, was built by Tony Dungy, who DID go on to build another championship team)……Then sure, REID would have one too. We all can’t be as lucky as Gruden to play the team for which he designed the playbook for……

    You all have selective memory, you only remember the bad things with Reid which are small, and never EVER credit the good. Who else could have made Vick into this?? Certainly not GRUDEN!

  30. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    “unless chronic use of the “F” word qualifies Gruden for minority status under the Rooney Rule.”

    ——————————————————
    What does that even mean?

  31. oldbyrd says: Feb 7, 2011 11:56 AM

    Reid’s departure is in the forseeable future but, I hope his replacement isn’t Gruden. Id bet that anything short of a long dance into the playoffs next year (if their is a next year) will be the end of Reid 13 years being the unlucky number. Could Bill Cowher be in our future????

  32. Tim says: Feb 7, 2011 11:57 AM

    Amen @realphan!

  33. satch402 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:59 AM

    As a Bucs fan I can honestly say I don’t miss Jon Gruden all that much. He was a great guy to watch coach and he brought a great atmosphere, but I didn’t really like his play-calling. I understand it was the west coast offense, but there weren’t passes over 10 yards most of the time. He wouldn’t be that big of an upgrade for the Philly fans in my opinion.

  34. dexterismyhero says: Feb 7, 2011 12:03 PM

    Steelers still lost though.

    Yes!

  35. grudenthediva says: Feb 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    “Next you gonna say, well gruden has a SB ring, where is REIDS? If Andy Reid left the Eagles, then IMMEDIATLEY played them in the superbowl, using plays HE WROTE….(ie., GRUDEN FACING OAKLAND….WITH PLAYS GRUDEN WROTE)……with one of the best HOF defenses of all time (that oh yeah, was built by Tony Dungy, who DID go on to build another championship team)……Then sure, REID would have one too. We all can’t be as lucky as Gruden to play the team for which he designed the playbook for…”

    He’s still got the ring, at your expense no less. Facts are facts. Thanks again, by the way!

    That’s what Jeff Lurie gets for wheeling in carts of champagne into the Eagles locker room – PREGAME :)

  36. conspiracygenerator says: Feb 7, 2011 1:55 PM

    Unbelievable. So called Eagles fans forget the playoff consistency, or grow accustomed to the overall winning atmosphere the Eagles have accomished during Reid’s tenure. Yes, obviously the super bowl is ALWAYS the main goal, but many of you have grown complacent with the year-in-year-out success of the team. I personally dont want Reid to leave because I truly believe he is the best chance for the franchise to obtain a super bowl. But if and when a new coach is ushered in, and IF it works the way this mind believes it will, those same fans will be wishing for Reid and his winning decade-plus era back within the first two years. Complacency with success (granted, not the ultimate success) is the mindset of those who can never be satisfied. From, an Eagles fan, through and though, for better or worse. For life.

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