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Andy Reid responds to Asante Samuel’s remarks

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The Eagles didn’t trade cornerback Asante Samuel before last week’s deadline.  The Eagles probably now wish that they had.

Samuel said over the weekend that the team doesn’t want him.  Today, Samuel took aim at the front office, accusing the guys who never played the game of playing fantasy football.

Earlier this evening, the man who supposedly is running the football operation and the front office issued a statement in response to Samuel’s criticism.

“I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked,” coach Andy Reid said.  “We both left with a positive feeling going forward.  As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks.  After discussing significant trade offers with other teams, we decided to keep all three cornerbacks on our team.  Asante is a valuable member of our team and we appreciate all that he brings to this organization.  As far as my relationship with Howie and Joe, I have a great deal of respect for both of them and I know we are all on the same page.”

The facts would suggest otherwise.  Apart from the insights of Asante Samuel, which can’t be completely dismissed despite anything the team says, there are signs of the kind of left hand/right hand disconnect that occurs when a front office and a coaching staff are engaged in a tug of war.  For example, running back Ronnie Brown was signed — but Reid hardly used him.  Ditto for receiver Steve Smith, one of the final floats in the Dream Team parade.  Smith has five catches in six games, a steep drop from his career high of 107.

As Eagles defensive end Jason Babin explained in a visit to PFT Live only one day before signing with Philly, he disappeared during two seasons in Seattle because former G.M. Tim Ruskell wanted him, and former coach Mike Holmgren didn’t.  So Holmgren didn’t use him.

Reid barely used Brown, to the point where they tried to trade him.  Smith has disappeared.  (And though it would be easy to blame his lack of production on his knee, he has played in every game.)

So while there may not be a full-blown power struggle, something doesn’t make sense right now in Philly — and Samuel is smart enough to sense it.

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  1. ctp603 says: Oct 26, 2011 7:42 PM

    “Samuel is smart enough to sense it”?

    If you bother to pay even the smallest amount of attention to the NFL anyone can sense it.

    That last sentence should have read:
    “- and Samuel was stupid enough to make it known to the media that the entire team is having a hard time dealing with it.”

  2. thestrunzo says: Oct 26, 2011 7:46 PM

    The “Self-Destruct” button has been pushed in Philly.

  3. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 26, 2011 7:46 PM

    To be fair, Dion Lewis has outplayed him. The trade was more of a courtesy to Ronnie. Brown probably assumed he’d get a lot of carries and didn’t, so they mutually agreed to seperate. No hard feelings. Certainly, Brown isn’t going to return kicks.

    Smith has to be still not 100%.

  4. joetoronto says: Oct 26, 2011 7:46 PM

    Samual keeps quitting on plays, it’s right there on tape, is anybody in Eagles management watching?

    Get rid of the bum.

  5. demadt says: Oct 26, 2011 7:50 PM

    Maybe Steve Smith hasnt played because he has dropped numerous passes including one on the 10 yd line vs his old team that was promptly intercepted? Also, remember when Ronnie Brown decided to throw a pass on the goal line while getting tackled? I dont think it has anything to do with a struggle between management and Reid, considering Reid is also management. You may be digging a little too much on this one.

  6. nfl fan says: Oct 26, 2011 7:51 PM

    Don’t believe anything Andy Reid says, Mr. “I take full responsibility and I have to do a better job.” This only gets worse, even if they do win a few games.

    No playoffs, no SB victory under the Xmas tree this year.

  7. coys10 says: Oct 26, 2011 8:00 PM

    Let’s see PHILADELPHIA 2011

    President-Joe Banner (a trained Haberdasher whose only qualification was that he was Lurie’s friend)
    GM-Howie Roseman (a lawyer who has never stepped foot on an athletic field in his life and has no football background whose only qualification was that he was Banner’s intern)
    DC-Juan Castillo (an offensive line coach whose only qualification was that he was that he was a defensive coach at a high school)

    Maybe Philadelphia needs to find QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO RUN THEIR ORGANIZATION

  8. laeaglefan says: Oct 26, 2011 8:01 PM

    Apparently Eagles management agrees with Andy Reid that he “needs to do a better job”.

  9. naeem42 says: Oct 26, 2011 8:03 PM

    Smith letting a pass go off his hands to be picked off is nothing new to Giants fans. That signing was weird in that only a week before it, Reid said publicly that Avant was the best slot WR in the league.

  10. mlmeier says: Oct 26, 2011 8:09 PM

    Why are we assuming that because Smith and Brown aren’t being used that there’s a disconnect between Reid and the front office?

    LeSean McCoy is one of the best runningbacks in the league—there’s really no need for Brown to get more playing time than he is, not to mention the fact that he WAS getting playing time until that horrible fumble. Smith clearly falls behind Jackson and Maclin on the depth chart, and he may be perceived as a better receiver than Avant, but Avant has been in the system longer and has a report with Vick that Smith likely hasn’t quite developed yet.

    All this reported “drama” behind the scenes seems purely speculative with little to back it outside of Asante’s comments.

  11. Pat says: Oct 26, 2011 8:10 PM

    Ronnie Brown hasn’t played because is terrible and Shady McCoy has performed like top 5 RB this year. If he got more carries you would probably be killing Reid for not feeding the ball more to McCoy. Not to mention he signed for a whopping 1.1M. Who the hell cares if he doesn’t play?

    As for Steve Smith, he is buried on one of the deepest WR corps in the NFL. Don’t you think it is more likely he was signed as an insurance policy for an illness with Maclin they were confused about for months? Or maybe because of an injury prone/hold-out WR in Desean Jackson?

    It seems more like your reaches here are a sign of the disconnect between a sports website and the man who unfortunately has full discretion to write whatever he wants here despite minimal reasoning to support his claims.

  12. kd75 says: Oct 26, 2011 8:18 PM

    Asante, if you don’t like your boss and/or your job. Quit dude. Just don’t show up for work tomorrow.

    You won’t be missed.

  13. theseekeroffun says: Oct 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    This is quite silly. Asante is a zone corner, Nnamdi is a cover corner and Juan has no clue. What were they thinking in Philly, cheese steak?
    Additionally, who cut the kicker?

  14. zoxitic says: Oct 26, 2011 8:28 PM

    Do you notice how the wheels started falling off of this organization the day they signed Vince Young?

  15. obamablowz says: Oct 26, 2011 8:35 PM

    I’m just shocked Andy Reid didn’t waste another timeout responding to this.

  16. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 26, 2011 8:37 PM

    I got lots to say but my team has never beat Vick once, I don’t think….damn

  17. jacksaysfu says: Oct 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    Smith is sitting behind two probowlers (Maclin&Jackson) and one of the best slot guys in Avant . McCoy is dominating the league right now & Lewis has made more of the few scrap touches available , so its no suprise their not getting playing time . How about Babin who is 3rd in the league in sacks , or Jenkins who leads all DT’s in sacks , or even Asomugha who after a dreadful start has dominated the last 2 games . Every team has hits & misses in free agency . The truth is simple , Asomugha is better than Asante and Cromartie is taller , faster ,younger cheaper,has shown pro bowl potential
    and costs a hell of alot less then Samuel
    , whose contracts goes from $5.6M to
    8.4M to 10.6M (i think?). He is an
    impact player , but we have Asomugha ,
    DRC , Hanson , Marsh & Hughes , we
    have other weaknesses (LB) , and we
    have star players who will soon need
    extensions (Jackson,Maclin,McCoy) &
    that $ has to come from somewhere .
    Philly has planned for this year since
    08′ (salary cap wise) , and his cap hit
    next year , considering the talent we have @ the position he just CANT fit into Phillys long term plans . It’s simple math Asante , now shutup before every team decides your not the risk & we cant pull off another “Kolbesque” trade !!

  18. jacksaysfu says: Oct 26, 2011 8:50 PM

    @coys10 : you can rip on Howie although he has brought in a star studded FA class , you can rip Juan although hes in his 1st year as DC and the D dominated last game , but you are crazy to rip Banner . He is a genius in managing the cap #’s and Philly’s always been able to sign whoever they want cause of Joe’s number crunching abilities .

  19. jerseyfinatic says: Oct 26, 2011 8:54 PM

    Hey Asante come to Miami. We want you. In fact, we NEED you.

  20. omegaichiban says: Oct 26, 2011 8:57 PM

    Samuel is allergic to body heat. All season he has been jumping out of the way of tackles. But they signed the second best cover corner and put him in zone. Which he should have been able to handle, but it killed his ability to cover and tackle. The DC is terrible, turrible as Chuck says. Samuel is allergic to body heat. (I chose to say it twice)

  21. scudbot says: Oct 26, 2011 8:59 PM

    “He is a genius in managing the cap #’s and Philly’s always been able to sign whoever they want cause of Joe’s number crunching abilities .”

    Last championship: 1960. What’s the point of having a slick number cruncher if the team doesn’t win championships?

  22. howley1 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:09 PM

    It’s simple math Asante , now shutup before every team decides your not the risk & we cant pull off another “Kolbesque” trade !!

    —————————————————–

    The trade deadline has passed, skippy. And if you think anybody is going to give up much next year to trade for a cornerback that doesnt like to tackle on THAT contract, you’re dream teaming. Better cut him now before he becomes an even bigger transaction but I fully expect the Eagles to “stand on principle” and “teach him a lesson” like they did with TO, to the detriment of the franchise.

  23. bleedgreen says: Oct 26, 2011 9:12 PM

    theseekeroffun says:
    Oct 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    Additionally, who cut the kicker?
    ————————-

    No one cut the kicker. His contract was up and they decided they could get similar performance from a rookie for much less money. And they have. Point to the 2 missed FG’s against the hers, but Akers missed one that day too. And he missed 3 in the playoffs in a game they lost by pts.

  24. drbob117 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:20 PM

    Samuel didn’t say anything about the FO that 99% of Eagles fans didn’t already know. Reid is only thing that keeps the team from being a joke, not the only thing that keeps them from a Super Bowl. Left with a mediocre coach, the Eagles are the Rams and Dolphins. For those who don’t believe that see: same ownership + Ray Rhodes era.

  25. jigwig13 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:21 PM

    Well doesn’t the offense usually earn players the most points? Maybe that’s why they haven’t invested in any lbs…also they say fans pay to see points scored and not d..I know some of these fantasy leagues win money because of the o players mainly…maybe they are playing fantasy he could be right…a fantasy player can’t win u a superbowl..but a team can…but I really don’t know how fantasy don’t play

  26. scudbot says: Oct 26, 2011 9:24 PM

    “The ‘Self-Destruct’ button has been pushed in Philly”

    Old news. When a team goes 50 years without winning a championship, there’s something quite wrong – unless the objective is only the owner’s bottom line. So, what’s wrong Philly fans?

  27. rexismybff says: Oct 26, 2011 9:25 PM

    Don’t these guys need to get ready for a suddenly fearsome looking arch-rival this week? Isn’t this Cowboy week for them?

    What a bunch of unfocused buffoons. I guess there is a good reason that none of the past 50 NFL championship trophies reside in Philly.

  28. rugdaniels says: Oct 26, 2011 9:46 PM

    because THIS is what you want to concentrate on the week of the game you need to keep your season going…it’s going to be a real show if they lose Sunday night. I only have to say it twice a year, so…Go Cowboys.

  29. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:51 PM

    Jacksaysfu: well put. Someone else has intelligence here.

  30. drmonkeyarmy says: Oct 26, 2011 9:59 PM

    Here is why Steve Smith is being used: The Eagles don’t use 4 wide receiver sets very often. They are much more content to go 3 wide outs with Celek in at TE to provide support for the OL. Reid and Vick clearly like Avant more than Smith. Whether they admit it or not, Smith was picked up as insurance in case Maclin couldn’t play this year or Jackson was causing problems. Brown doesn’t play because he is washed up. Furthermore, McCoy is one of the beset RB’s in the league and Lewis flashes way more potential at this point. The rest of the FA’s see significant time and have played well. Everybody knows Asante will be out the door in the off season and that is fine.

  31. dawkattack says: Oct 26, 2011 10:03 PM

    It’s all media they blew it out of proportion he was never going anywhere

  32. myfinalword says: Oct 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    Mike, you are truly terrible at analysis. Please stick to sharing stories already broken. How could you.possibly imagine that Ronnie Brown would get significant snaps when LeSean McCoy is performing so well? And as stated already, Steve Smith is not going to take receptions away from Maclin, Jackson and Avant. Just not gonna happen. You should be embarrassed.

  33. myfinalword says: Oct 26, 2011 10:34 PM

    Just because you sign someone doesn’t mean they are you best option dumbass (Mike).

  34. riverhorsey says: Oct 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    Wouldn’t worry about Reid he’s proved himself. He will just deactivate Samuel if he has to.

    Philly will get better as the season goes on.

  35. das14 says: Oct 26, 2011 10:45 PM

    Holy buckets!!! Is that off a notecard? I mean come on gina. I think Andy has been there too long and even he knows it. This proves it, I bet you anything Reid is TRYING to make that clear to everyone not just this joker. The Eagles can like my cowboy ass. I’m kidding, I’m a Vikes fan and love these stories.

  36. illwillthemick says: Oct 26, 2011 11:01 PM

    steve smith sucks… he played with plax and a dominate running game that helped him find a seam to catch the ball then he would get tackled.. thats all he did with the giants… overrated as hell and i knew he wouldnt add anything to the eagles.. i dont know why anyone think the guy is a difference maker

  37. rcali says: Oct 26, 2011 11:03 PM

    A lot of nerve for a guy making $5.9 mill this year to call out the organization overpaying him.

  38. howley1 says: Oct 26, 2011 11:38 PM

    @coys10 : you can rip on Howie although he has brought in a star studded FA class , you can rip Juan although hes in his 1st year as DC and the D dominated last game , but you are crazy to rip Banner . He is a genius in managing the cap #’s and Philly’s always been able to sign whoever they want cause of Joe’s number crunching abilities

    ————————————————–

    Yeah? They weren’t able to sign Doug Free, and they wanted him. Wanted Rob Ryan, too. The truth is of all the shiny little toys the Eagles signed, that’s probably the only two that would have made an improvement.

    But yes, cap champs once again. Everybody’s a genius for the 13th season in a row. Congrats. Now all they need is someone to manage personnel like they halfway know what they’re doing and they might be in business.

  39. gamermwm says: Oct 26, 2011 11:45 PM

    Asante is the best cornerback on the team in my opinion. We’d love to have you in Dallas instead of Nnamdi anyway

  40. gamermwm says: Oct 26, 2011 11:53 PM

    Nnamdi=11 career interceptions over the last 3 years

    Asante=43 interceptions over career with 21 coming in the last 3 years alone

    21>11

    Nnamdi hasn’t played long enough to prove he’s the best corner in the league. He was the best on the Raiders….but not on this team. Asante knows that and thats why he’s talking now

    He’s younger, yeah, but he hasn’t proven much

  41. howley1 says: Oct 27, 2011 12:01 AM

    Wouldn’t worry about Reid he’s proved himself. He will just deactivate Samuel if he has to.

    ——————————————————-

    That worked out so well with TO.

  42. ttommytom says: Oct 27, 2011 12:04 AM

    Even if all the parts worked, Reid would screw it up
    at some critical point as he is the worst game manager
    around.

    He is a great QB coach and I’m sure he will be
    doing that again soon.

  43. n0hopeleft says: Oct 27, 2011 1:33 AM

    Asante has a right to talk more than anyone who’s played for or managed Philadelphia in the last, oh, 50 plus years.

    Samuel: 2 Rings

    Empty Trophy Case Clan: 0 Rings

  44. fmwarner says: Oct 27, 2011 1:52 AM

    scudbot says: Oct 26, 2011 8:59 PM

    “He is a genius in managing the cap #’s and Philly’s always been able to sign whoever they want cause of Joe’s number crunching abilities .”

    Last championship: 1960. What’s the point of having a slick number cruncher if the team doesn’t win championships?
    ===================================

    Are you serious? So to follow your logic, if the team doesn’t win a championship, everyone should get fired no matter how well they do their job. No point in having a great equipment manager if you don’t win championships, I guess.

    I know you live for trolling on Eagles posts, but you really wandered into fantasy land with this one.

  45. truthserum4u says: Oct 27, 2011 2:14 AM

    “Ditto for receiver Steve Smith, one of the final floats in the Dream Team parade.”

    That’s a great line Mike!

  46. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Oct 27, 2011 2:51 AM

    Smith was Maclin insurance with a wr group like the eagles have, how much would u expect to see him. Plus he’s out there just not open or dropping the ball. Andy Reid made football in philly relevant again. he clearly is a qb genius. Mcnabb, kolb, feely all stink now but were highly regarded while they were here. I wonder how well vick would be playing somewhere else. The only place Reid is going is to the HOF. He is one of the best coaches of this era. The media hates him because he gives u guys NOTHING smart move in my opinion. Mike tice used to give away strategy during press conferences….that worked out well

  47. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Oct 27, 2011 3:06 AM

    Every eagles post some hater with the “no rings”. only 1 team wins the sb each yr. Rarely is it the best team in the league. Any given Sunday includes sb Sunday. Disagree? How about 18-1 pats losing to eli “I’m a big boy” manning. The greatest team in history losing to ….
    Belichek vs coughlin….
    Brady…
    Point being football is as much luck as blackjack. Somethings u can control, draft well, coach well…
    Somethings are not in control….eli closes eyes, throws ball, helmet catch by some guy who is out of the league

  48. scudbot says: Oct 27, 2011 7:15 AM

    Yeah, I’m serious. You’re a fan and want your team to win championships. Virtually every player who has played for the Eagles has wanted to be a champion. The coaches want to be champions. Sorry, but ” if the team doesn’t win a championship, everyone should get fired ” doesn’t follow. Not at all. But when it never happens? Something essential is not right.

  49. philahitman says: Oct 27, 2011 7:24 AM

    They forgot to mention free agents Babin and Jenkins have 12 combined sacks. Nnamdi looks consideranly better since they let him play more man. They didnt see that I guess.

  50. philahitman says: Oct 27, 2011 7:28 AM

    Steve Smith woulda got more touches if he didnt hand an interception to his friends the Giants in his first game against them.

  51. philahitman says: Oct 27, 2011 7:30 AM

    Reality calling… New additions Nnamdi and DRC both have as many INTs as you Asante.

  52. cshearing says: Oct 27, 2011 8:40 AM

    From reading these posts, I have learned that Smith & Brown cannot crack that top-notch 2-4 lineup. Too many star players.

  53. coys10 says: Oct 27, 2011 8:41 AM

    @jacksaysfu

    Please learn what you are talking about.
    1. The star studded fa class is not hard to sign. What is hard to do, is build a complete football team. That is hard. When Roseman does that, I will then congratulate him.

    2. The Eagles had a good game against Rex Grossman and the Skins. The 1 win Panthers did not seem to have much problems with them either.

    3. PLease do not tell me about their salary cap management. The reason why there salary cap is low has nothing to do with management and everything to do with not having to pay skilled position players. Jackson, Maclin, and McCoy are all working under Rookie contracts. Until this year, they were paying Vick $1 million. When Jackson, Maclin, and McCoy come up for contracts, let’s see how good their salary cap management is–especially since they pay about 24 million to three corners now.

  54. dukemarc says: Oct 27, 2011 9:21 AM

    gamermwm says: Oct 26, 2011 11:53 PM

    Nnamdi=11 career interceptions over the last 3 years

    Asante=43 interceptions over career with 21 coming in the last 3 years alone

    21>11

    Nnamdi hasn’t played long enough to prove he’s the best corner in the league. He was the best on the Raiders….but not on this team. Asante knows that and thats why he’s talking now

    He’s younger, yeah, but he hasn’t proven much
    ———————

    Since when is being a good cornerback solely about interceptions? Nhamdi made guys disappear in Oakland. When was the last time Asante did that? Part of the reason Samuel gets those picks is that opposing QBs have no fear throwing at him. They know for every play he makes, he’ll give them two back. For the youngsters, there was a guy about 15 years called Ray Buchanan that did the same thing – he and Asante are mirror images on one and other. They even have the same love of hearing their own voice.

  55. drew05 says: Oct 27, 2011 12:41 PM

    howley1 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 9:09 PM

    Better cut him now before he becomes an even bigger transaction but I fully expect the Eagles to “stand on principle” and “teach him a lesson” like they did with TO, to the detriment of the franchise.

    —–

    If only every team would stand up to some of these morons…as the Eagles did to T.O….

    The League would be a better palce.

    If only the entire planet would “stand on principle” the way the Eagles do at times…

    The entire planet would be a better place.

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