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Reid’s reported threat to walk still resonates

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In the aftermath of the craziest offseason day in NFL history — March 21 — Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times dropped a bombshell that otherwise would have dominated multiple news cycles.

Farmer reported, citing two unnamed league insiders, that Eagles coach Andy Reid was ready to walk away from his job if he didn’t get more control over personnel.  Predictably, Reid denied the implication that he’s ever had anything less than full control.  “I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here and that’s never been an issue or a point of contention,” Reid said.  “Our front office works very well together and that’s one of our strengths.”

As the dust settles on some of the zanier stories from the past two weeks, Reid’s reported threat continues to stir things up.  Geoff Mosher of delawareonline.com (which is telling me I have only three more free article left, which means I’ll only ever visit delawareonline.com three more times in my life) meanders through the issue, taking a naive slap at the reporting from Farmer, a respected and connected NFL journalist, but never declaring agreement or disagreement with the notion that Reid nearly resigned.

Regardless, there had been a vague sense in league circles that team president Joe Banner and G.M. Howie Roseman systematically had finagled greater influence over the roster, culminating in last summer’s spending spree that brought in a bunch of new names — and unreasonably raised expectations for a Super Bowl victory.  Before owner Jeffrey Lurie announced at an out-of-character January press conference that no changes will be made for 2012, unsubstantiated rumors swirled that something had happened with Banner’s authority, none of which rumors we ever we able to confirm.

This year, regardless of whether Reid does or doesn’t have more power, the Eagles have opted not to hire strangers but to reward the men who have been in the trenches with the team.  That could be the best way to ensure that the current regime will be around in 2013, and beyond.

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23 Responses to “Reid’s reported threat to walk still resonates”
  1. JC says: Apr 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    Mediocrity will continue for the best “good but not great” coach ever.

  2. walkedintoabar says: Apr 1, 2012 4:00 PM

    that part about never visiting delwareonline again is funny as hell. bravo

  3. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Apr 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    Andy reid = overrated, but he is a national media darling and kisses their butts. So he gets a pass on all of his short comings on the pre and post game shows. His true personality is best seen after losses when he treats the local media like crap. He is a fraud and, of course he is arrogant and fat.

  4. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 1, 2012 4:07 PM

    I don’t think Reid can win a superbowl. His body language translate into performance on the pitch for players.

    And the failure to challenge some calls, says it all. Had the Eagles challenged that call in ATL, the Eagles season could have been different.

  5. nineroutsider says: Apr 1, 2012 4:08 PM

    Good for Andy Reid, I knew those signings last year were out of character for him. Andy is a great coach even if some Eagles fans and all of their haters (see above) continuosly rip him.

  6. tomeffnbrady says: Apr 1, 2012 4:09 PM

    Geoff Mosher of delawareonline.com (which is telling me I have only three more free article left, which means I’ll only ever visit delawareonline.com three more times in my life)

    just clear your cache and you can have all the free articles you want!!!

  7. teal379 says: Apr 1, 2012 4:12 PM

    Anything he does will be at a walk, does anyone really see him “running” from anything?

    I thought not….

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 1, 2012 4:17 PM

    Just give him a few more cheesesteaks. He will be fine.

  9. timpaz says: Apr 1, 2012 4:30 PM

    Reid, don’t let the door hit u on the way out, Eagles should have dumped him with McNabb, two reasons they never won a Super Bowl.

  10. laeaglefan says: Apr 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    I’d still love to know how “league insiders” get this kind of information of what goes on behind closed doors at the Novacare complex, or any other NFL team facility, for that matter. I can see it now….Mr. League Insider calls up Jeffrey Lurie and says “Hey Jeff, got any good scoop for me today?”. Lurie reponds with “Hey, guess what…..Andy Reid threatened to quit unless I pull the reins in on Banner and Roseman”.

  11. blackstonevalleykettlebells says: Apr 1, 2012 4:39 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. He coaches not to lose.

  12. cryptker says: Apr 1, 2012 4:46 PM

    They should have let him walk!

  13. checkforecheck says: Apr 1, 2012 4:47 PM

    @andyreidisarrogantandfat:

    “but he is a national media darling and kisses their butts.”

    What the hell are you smoking?

    And side note, what is this article about? A guy wrote an article about a two week story, that sorta agrees and sorta doesn’t? Its amazing the negative-tinged articles Mikey loves to write about the eagles. Even ones that don’t even have a point.

    And here I clicked, thinking I was going to get info on the topic. Fool me once…

  14. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    Andy’s threat to “walk” caused great consternation in the Eagle’s front office. After consulting with the medical staff, and negotiating with Reid, they all agreed that if Andy left it would be by golf cart.

  15. shawshankreception says: Apr 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    If you use the Google Chrome web browser, download the Stylebot extension and apply the following CSS to hide all that mess on delawareonline:

    html, body {
    overflow: auto;
    }

    div#firefly-dontmiss, div#modalouter_dm, div#persistNotif {
    display: none;
    }

  16. bluefan204 says: Apr 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    As a Giants fan, even I can see how pathetic it is that so many Eagles fans want the best coach in their franchise history to get the boot. Go talk to Browns fans before you break out with the huge sense of entitlement that you all seem to have. Reid is part of the problem, but he’s far from the ONLY problem on that team.

  17. eagleseagleseagles says: Apr 1, 2012 5:28 PM

    Reid is a great coach. Those who aren’t real eagles fans aka were there before andy reid became the coach would know this. He resurrected a whole city, has them in a position to make a run every single freaking year, and doesn’t have “rebuilding seasons” tell you this. So if you eagles fans want to keep winning, don’t call for reid to get fired, otherwise we will be screwed. And for all the fat jokes, i bet you half of you that make the fat jokes are probably twice the size of andy reid.

  18. phillyforlife says: Apr 1, 2012 5:43 PM

    bluefan204 says:

    As a Giants fan, even I can see how pathetic it is that so many Eagles fans want the best coach in their franchise history to get the boot. Go talk to Browns fans before you break out with the huge sense of entitlement that you all seem to have. Reid is part of the problem, but he’s far from the ONLY problem on that team.
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    Probably the only time I will ever agree with a Giant fan or A New Yorker for that matter

  19. moagecu says: Apr 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    He resurrected a whole city, has them in a position to make a run every single freaking year,and doesn’t have “rebuilding seasons” tell you this.

    Hows he doing on that, hes gotten you eagles fans sooooo many NFC Championships and Super Bowls. Philly can’t keep that under achiever of a coach.

  20. kvanhorn87 says: Apr 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    @bluefan, you are hysterical. Rip on the Eagles fans for hating on Reid. Do you not remember the hate that was spewed for coughlin even after he won the first Super Bowl. Giants fans have no room to talk. I agree that a large % of birds fans are like petulant little children but of all fan bases, the NY Giants fans. Give us a break.

  21. deenice810 says: Apr 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    The only walking Reid will do is to the nearest cheese steak shop with extra cheese!

  22. phillyphan72 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:51 PM

    If Reid doesnt like what’s going on he’s free 2 leave…get the he’ll outta here Choke artist..go hang out with Mcnabb…2 chokers…There are plenty of GREAT coaches that can lead us to the promised land…

  23. richardhurtz says: Apr 2, 2012 9:20 AM

    Considering all of the Super Bowls Andy Reid has won, he deserves control of personnel…..

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