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Reid understands “Fire Andy” chants: “We were stinking the place up”

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As the Eagles struggled through a disappointing 2011 season, some Philadelphia fans voiced their displeasure with coach Andy Reid by chanting “Fire Andy.” Reid says he didn’t notice that while he was concentrating on the games, but he still got the message loud and clear.

In an interview with Jim Rome on Rome, Reid said that when a talented team misses the playoffs like the 2011 Eagles did, it’s completely understandable for the coach to feel the heat.

“I didn’t hear it at the moment but I was well aware of it afterwards, and I could understand it,” Reid said. “We were stinking the place up, and we were not doing a good job, so I take full responsibility for that. That’s the way it is. I’m lucky to have an owner who believes in me and trusts in me and allowed me to stay here another year and get this thing rolling and have another opportunity at it.”

So Reid knows he’s on the hot seat, but he said he won’t go into the season thinking about the importance of saving his own job.

“It’s not about Andy,” Reid said. “It’s about the Philadelphia Eagles and the football team. So that would be very selfish of me to think about it that way.”

Still, if the Eagles play in 2012 like they did in 2011, Philly fans will do their best to make Reid think about his job.

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13 Responses to “Reid understands “Fire Andy” chants: “We were stinking the place up””
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 1, 2012 7:41 PM

    cant fire him until we have a better option. he gives the eagles the best chance of winning at this very moment. he makes decisions that leave you scratching your head, but im kinda down with andy. i dont place solely the blame on him

  2. wtfchiefs says: Jun 1, 2012 7:50 PM

    I don’t get why they want this guy fired. Being consistently mediocre each year is far worse. At least the iggles are in the thick of things each year.

    Sincerely,
    The KC Chiefs fan base

  3. terrellblowens says: Jun 1, 2012 7:58 PM

    A lot of the criticism for Reid is fair. But what he has done and meant for this team and this city cannot be understated. It would be very easy for a guy in his position to use Juan Castillo as the scapegoat for last season and done everything to save his own skin. But he hasn’t. And the Eagles have had a very good offseason that isn’t made up of short term desperation moves (which is what last offseason was like). Players and coaches around the league respect him. As long as they bounce back this year, which I fully expect, he should keep his job.

  4. nickynick04 says: Jun 1, 2012 8:55 PM

    How many Super Bowls has he won ?
    Winning Super Bowls is the objective……anything less is not doing a good job.

  5. eagles7to10 says: Jun 1, 2012 9:40 PM

    NickyNick you are exactly right. I’m tired of people saying we are “in the thick” every year. Well when you don’t win it then the season is a failure. Andy has done a great job of turning this organization around since ’99 but if he can’t get over the hump then let’s get someone in here for that final push. The same way Dungy couldn’t get in done in Tampa so Gruden finished it off. Or how Tomlin won his first one with Cowher’s team, or even how Barry Switzer won it with Jimmy Johnson’s squad. Just give me somebody who can bring us a beautiful parade right down broad street!

  6. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 1, 2012 10:21 PM

    The Eagles trophy case is bare. And judging from the posts, Eagles fans don’t seem to care about that. I’ve read their newspapers. Philly people believe that making the playoffs is all that matters. Once there, they believe the teams that win it all are the ones who get lucky. Even their owner thinks like this.

    Whereas fans, coaches, and players in the rest of the country understand that the playoffs are where your team’s weaknesses are exposed. The Eagles have always had at least one severe weakness in every season Reid has been coach. The lone exception was 2004, when not without coincidence, it was the one season when they actually reached the Super Bowl.

  7. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 1, 2012 10:40 PM

    Some owners are happy to be competitive and keep filling the stadium, selling jerseys, etc. If the Eagles were serious about wanting a championship they wouldn’t keep letting Fat Andy take them for a ride every season. It’s been 8 years since they’ve made it to the big show. Like it was stated above, time to bring in someone to get them over the hump.

  8. roccovaracalli says: Jun 2, 2012 3:49 PM

    Ok,,,,,,for the idiots who want a new coach????? Ok who is better running a football team???? Belichek???who???? Go ahead ,,,,who’s your next bozo out there???? Exactly,,,,,,nobody is better than Andy Reid!!!! Why don’t you just sit back,,,,learn from a coach,,,not from your sad oh poor eagles havent won a super owl attitude!!! When it comes,,,if it comes,,,,than you can say,,,,,see I told you Reid would get it done!!!!!!!

  9. gallaghedj311 says: Jun 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    Eagles trophy case has 1948, 1949, 1960. And Reid does have a SB ring from GB. Plus how many division championships? How many NFC Title game appearences? Sure, Reid’s SuperbowlLoss* was to a coach who has since been caught and punished for cheating. And said coach has failed to build on his dynasty* since being caught. But you can’t overlook that since 2002 only 2 franchises have drafted more All-Pro’s than the Eagles. There’s no better option available.

    #InAndyItrust

  10. oldbyrd says: Jun 3, 2012 9:48 AM

    I think the truth is that if Reid doesn’t get to the NFC playoffs changes will be made. You all can thumbs down me but, sometime in the near future you have to ask yourself if a Bill Cowher is available do we make a change? Truth is Andy gave us years of excitement. Do we continue almost to except that we most likely never get to the big dance or move on. remember it has happened to the best of coaches.

  11. laeaglefan says: Jun 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    If the Eagles don’t get off to a good start, the “fire Andy” chants will start early and then the only question will be whether he lasts the season or not. He probably will, no matter what happens, because Lurie will probably change the entire coaching staff at the end of the season, so no sense in doing anything mid way through.

  12. polapea says: Jun 4, 2012 7:02 PM

    I love the people asking”who are you going to get who’s better?” Had anyone heard of Reid before he was hired? The guy was a QB coach in GB, not like he was a known commodity.

    If the Eagles don’t make a deep run this year it’s time for him and Vick to move on.

    Winning % vs. teams w/ a winning record .390
    10-9 in the playoffs
    1-4 in NFC Championship games. Favored in 4.

    His teams beat up on inferior opponents and lose against their equals / superior teams.

  13. n0hopeleft says: Jun 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    gallaghedj311 says:
    Jun 2, 2012 4:56 PM
    Eagles trophy case has 1948, 1949, 1960. And Reid does have a SB ring from GB. Plus how many division championships? How many NFC Title game appearences? Sure, Reid’s SuperbowlLoss* was to a coach who has since been caught and punished for cheating. And said coach has failed to build on his dynasty* since being caught. But you can’t overlook that since 2002 only 2 franchises have drafted more All-Pro’s than the Eagles. There’s no better option available.
    _______________________________

    We aren’t overlooking it. You’ve had more All-Pros than almost every other team, but your trophy case is still empty.

    That makes you the choke artists of the century.

    And stop bringing up pre-Superbowl era.
    All of you Eagle fans. When Giants fans talk about our team, we dont bring up our pre-Superbowl championships, we talk about current times. If we did bring them up, it would make your franchise look that much worse.

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