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Andy Reid on Jaiquawn Jarrett: “My responsibility, I misevaluated”

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When the Eagles released safety Jaiquawn Jarrett on Tuesday, it was an admission of failure: You don’t cut a player just 16 months after taking him in the second round of the NFL draft unless you know you never should have drafted him in the first place.

Now Eagles coach Andy Reid has said that drafting Jarrett was a mistake, and it was his mistake.

That’s my responsibility. I misevaluated that,” Reid said, via Philly.com. “I think one of the key things is when you make a mistake for your system that you correct it and you can’t let your ego get in the way of that. You just can’t do it.”

Saying the Eagles screwed up when they took Jarrett isn’t just second-guessing: He was declared a reach by many draft analysts at the time. Reid said the reach was his, although he also indicated that he still likes Jarrett and thinks Jarrett might catch on with another team.

“I have final say on all the picks,” Reid said. “You’re going to find ones that fit into your system and some that don’t. You’re going to be right sometimes, you’re going to be wrong sometimes. That doesn’t mean that the kid can’t play in this league for somebody.”

Perhaps Jarrett can play for somebody. But he hasn’t looked like he can play in the NFL during his time with the Eagles. Reid knows he has to take the blame for that.

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45 Responses to “Andy Reid on Jaiquawn Jarrett: “My responsibility, I misevaluated””
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 12, 2012 3:40 PM

    If the Eagles front office knew what they were doing, they’d can him at the end of the season but they are after all Philadelphia so he’s probably getting a 10 year extension. Philadelphia Eagles – Forever ringless. We won the McNabb trade because we got Alfred Morris out of it.

  2. fin72 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    Andy Reid is clueless and has WAYYY more power than he deserves.

  3. getadealdonealready says: Sep 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    Nice win, you got a slow plotting untalented flash in the pan runner, for an old slow plotting, worm killing QB, nice trade

  4. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Hasn’t proven anything as a talent evaluator. Should stick to formulating game plans. And hire another great D Coordinator to make him look better than he is.

  5. amanistumor says: Sep 12, 2012 3:54 PM

    Big Red is a 2 steps forward, 1 step back; 1 step forward, 2 steps back kind of guy.

    It’s so frustrating sometimes but we’d rather have him over the other NFC East coaches (excluding coughlin).

    They win enough to make watching fun, it’s better than being a Redskin fanboy. Hopefully one of these years will be ours.

  6. eaglebobby says: Sep 12, 2012 3:55 PM

    voiceofreason–spoken like a true Skins fan who don’t know jack. I loved it when most of the Philly fans I talked to said–”Oh, if only McNabb was in the Shanahan system, he’d win a SB–well, he WAS in a Shanahan system and after they won in Philly, the Eagles put up 59 on them in D.C.–and all the Skins got was a 32 or 33 year old QB who had been used up and was out the door plus, what, a 4-12 record??? Yeah, I’d say you won that trade ok if that’s what you think. What has Morris done in the NFL so far? Has he rushed for 1,000 yards? Has he scored 20 TDs??

  7. EJ says: Sep 12, 2012 3:55 PM

    It happens, not all drafted players are right for the NFL, or for a specific teams program. Look at Aaron Maybin, Buffalo drafted him with the intentions of having him as an every down player. After a couple of seasons with Maybin not catching on they had to cut their losses. The NYJ picked him up and made him a situational pass rusher and It worked, he finally made a contribution to an NFL team. The Draft is just like a lottery, you can lose, hit it for a decent few bucks or you can strike it rich, you never know.

  8. jgrange08 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:59 PM

    If the Eagles fired Andy Reid, another team would hire him in less than 24 hours.

    The Eagles fans need to look at Oakland and Cleveland and other teams who just go through coaches left and right.

    For as “rough” and Philly is, that fan sure does have some spoiled fans that throw 8 year old tantrums about their coach.

  9. sb50 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:01 PM

    Sometimes itll happen. Every team hits and misses on draft picks. Andy is good at grabbing those late round draft picks but every once in a while he’ll reach for a guy that just doesnt pan out.

  10. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    Sooo.. Their GM is more or less just a bean counter while Andy makes the major personnel decisions?

  11. macwomack says: Sep 12, 2012 4:05 PM

    @amanistumor

    At least a Redskins fanboy knows what it’s like to see something in the trophy case at the team facility.

    But go on keep rooting for the Eagles. After all the Eagles stepped up to the plate to replace the void left by the Cardinals in the division when the NFL did the realignment.

  12. pflynn20 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:06 PM

    Reid misevaluates a key position or draft pick every season and it always prevents the Eagles from taking the next step. Misevaluated Vick and hopefully it costs him his job after this season. 56 passes last with a QB that barely has a career 55% completion rate. I hope this is this the last season of “I have to do a better job”

  13. junkfooddaddy says: Sep 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    voiceofreason – The Eagles got Nate Allen, Casey Mathews and Demeco Ryans for the picks they received from McNabb. They won that trade. The Redskins got McNabb and set their franchise back two years. So they swindled the Vikings out of a sixth round pick for McNabb, no loss for the Eagles.

  14. rajbais says: Sep 12, 2012 4:17 PM

    The draft version of “gotta do a better job!!! Gotta do a better job!!!”

  15. stevo8drum says: Sep 12, 2012 4:17 PM

    Listen,
    Im a philly fan… im not a huge Andy fan but i also realize that he’s good. Someone asked abput our GM being a bear counter…. yes…. he is. And even after adding guys like NNamdi, Babbin, DRC, Ryans, …. and giving guys like vick, shady and Djax new deals…. we still have more cap money than you do. There is no doubt that this team has its problems…. but they for sure know what they are doing over there. Insert superbowl jokes under here,.

  16. cliverush says: Sep 12, 2012 4:20 PM

    Reid’s mistake is in the apology. The Pats have misfired on numerous high picks in the past five years because of the nature of the unknowns. As stated previously, it is a gamble. You just try your best using the info available and if you “reach” as some say, you have a right to do so given your position and experience. Philly has brought in good players on a consistant basis for years. The trick is to not limit your your search for talent in the draft alone. The small schools are placing a lot of solid talent in the league as free agents.

  17. scoonie97 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:22 PM

    Because nobody has ever missed on a draft pick.

    Andy Reid will probably translate this move to a contract extension. Or a hoagie. IDK, I’m tired.

  18. Giantspunk213 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    Not every pick is gonna pan out, now granted between drafting Jarrett in the 2nd rd and taking Graham over JPP they haven’t been exactly killing it in the draft but at least they cut ties and moved on.

  19. freepretzels says: Sep 12, 2012 4:32 PM

    I criticize Andy more than anybody, but you honestly can’t win them all. Cut your losses and move on. He’s made good trades and draft picks lately.

  20. We'reFineThere says: Sep 12, 2012 4:32 PM

    Foles is going to bail him out. We’ve been through this for 14 years… it’s pretty easy to know what to expect now.

  21. macwomack says: Sep 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    @junkfooddaddy

    No one should say the Redskins got the better end of the McNabb deal… but just list the picks and your point will have been made

    When you start listing the players like Casey Mathews you hurt your argument.

    Or you could say “we got Allen, and used the picks to help get Ryans, and we also got a scrub.”

    When you name Casey as one of your “gotchas” it just looks weak.

  22. gregoryjenkins says: Sep 12, 2012 4:34 PM

    Next stop Green Bay.

  23. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 12, 2012 4:36 PM

    macwomak- since the 2002 restructuring, the skins have finished 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th, and 4th in the NFC East and have a record of 65-95. The Eagles are 99-60-1 with a bunch of 1st place finishes. So thanks for proving again how delusional skins fans are. It’s you guys who have taken up the NFC East cellar since the Cards left the division.

  24. burgandyandgold says: Sep 12, 2012 4:38 PM

    The writing is on the wall my friends. The Eagles arrow is pointed down. No Super Bowl again. Meanwhile, 100 miles South something special is a-brewing in the Nations Capital. The Redskins arrow is pointing up friends. It is clear that of the two Washington will certainly hoist its 4th Lombardi prior to the Eagles hefting its first. That’s just the way it is friends, just the way it is.

  25. dbdcrewmatt says: Sep 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    I bet the Colts pick him up.

  26. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 12, 2012 4:42 PM

    Just for the record, the Eagles have finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 4th, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, and 2nd in that time. And if you really are old enough to remember that last Skins Super Bowl, than not only are you delusional, but you’re about as immature and sad as they come.

  27. rugbyisbetter says: Sep 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    This is the frustrating thing with Philly defense. Ever since our main man Jim Johnson passed away, we haven’t been able to identify defensive talent through the draft, and game plan consistently.

    We have had 2 Defensive Coordinators that were first time defensive coordinators in their careers.

    We seem to be only able to add talent to the defense through free agency… why?

    The eagles drafted well on Offense, Maclin, Shady McCoy, D-Jax, Celek, Avant, Kelce, Herramens. But who on Defense? Trent Cole… the only proven draft pick.

    Can’t win super bowls wiffing out on high draft picks….

  28. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    Listen,
    Im a philly fan… im not a huge Andy fan but i also realize that he’s good. Someone asked abput our GM being a bear counter…. yes…. he is. And even after adding guys like NNamdi, Babbin, DRC, Ryans, …. and giving guys like vick, shady and Djax new deals…. we still have more cap money than you do. There is no doubt that this team has its problems…. but they for sure know what they are doing over there. Insert superbowl jokes under here,.

    ________

    Honestly, all of that sounds good, but I’d be willing to bet that even though you may have a good starting lineup and paid them accordingly. The fact that you have that much cap space left would indicate to me you have horrible depth behind them. I could be wrong but the fact that your cutting a 2nd round pick from last year already pretty much tells me that in at least one position I am right. Good teams are made of depth and can make it through December because of it. You said insert Super Bowl Jokes. Well I don’t think I need to I think I’ve made my case as to why the Eagles haven’t had success late in the year without making fun of them. I’m not sure they do “know what they’re doing over there”.

  29. kleppnasty says: Sep 12, 2012 4:50 PM

    macwomak and cardiovascularendurance

    Depends on which Cardinals team you’re talking about. The 90s Cardinals look more like the Redskin, the 00s Cardinals are a little bit of both. Don’t forget, the Cardinals somehow made it to the superbowl more recently than either Philly or Was (or Dal).

  30. cash804 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:03 PM

    When will he accept responsibilty for signing Vick?!

    Philly will never win a Super Bowl with Vick behind center.

  31. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    I’m no Eagles fan – my team plays on the other side of the state. But I have to give Reid credit for accepting accountability and owning it.

    Love him or hate him, Reid is willing to take all the heat, and shield it from others.

    Pretty cool in my book.

  32. briang123 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:20 PM

    jgrange08 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:59 PM

    If the Eagles fired Andy Reid, another team would hire him in less than 24 hours.

    The Eagles fans need to look at Oakland and Cleveland and other teams who just go through coaches left and right.

    For as “rough” and Philly is, that fan sure does have some spoiled fans that throw 8 year old tantrums about their coach.
    ________________________________________________

    This is a typical comment from someone that only really knows about Andy Reid from what the national media says, because they just love him. 14 years of underachieving, 14 years of refusing to run the ball (really 56 passes from Vick?), 14 years of disgraceful clock management, 14 years of the same mistakes over and over and over and over and over again. Enough is enough, and it is time to take a chance on someone else. Sure, it could become a revolving door like Cleveland. Or, it could become a situation where someone like Harbaugh or Payton could come in here, look at the real talent on this roster, and use it properly. And finally, holding your coach accountable isn’t akin to throwing a tantrum. Maybe your satisfied with 8-8 and first round losses, but we aren’t.

  33. macwomack says: Sep 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    @cardiovascularendurance

    That is a very impressive list of finishes in the NFC east for the Eagles vs. the Redskins finishes.

    But at the end of the day finishing 1st in the NFC east is about as useful as finishing 4th if you can’t get it done in the playoffs.

    But you go on and keep counting them…but that won’t fill up that trophy case…

  34. listenupcupcake says: Sep 12, 2012 5:36 PM

    It’s about time Andy has started to own up to the personnel gaffes that have hurt his team so often. It IS on him to make it right.

    In addition to those on the defensive side, there is his odd reluctance to draft or sign at least one big-bodied WR who can play (i.e., NOT Cooper) for redzone and 3d down purposes. For Baltimore, the only healthy WRs the Iggles have are DJax and DeMaris Johnson, neither of whom is more than 5’10” or 185#. Who is afraid of the Eagles’ receivers in close quarters? Their fans, maybe.

    And speaking admitting mistakes; “Mike? Coach wants to see you….”

    (We can dream….)

  35. gus1779 says: Sep 12, 2012 5:40 PM

    Reid needs to apologize to Wilford Brimley for stealing his look.

  36. macwomack says: Sep 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    @gus

    that is awesome

  37. thesmedman says: Sep 12, 2012 6:16 PM

    Reid needs to take a year off, get himself together personally (family-wise), and then he’ll get another HC job in two seconds. It’s clearly obvious that he’s just had a lot of distractions in recent years, and all of that is bound to affect anyone. Talent evaluation (players and coaches), on-field game day decisions, you need someone all invested.

    It’s not a knock in him. He’s an above-average, competent HC. But he is not a GM, and any owner needs to recognize that. But he doesn’t evaluate players well — where’s the comptent back up QB — and aside from Jim Johnson, his selection of coaches is questionable, too. And there simply comes a time when a person needs a change of scenery.

    I know he’s lost weight but that bigger mustache disguises that, and that bleeds into a negative image of the guy in terms of how he motivates players to be conditioned. Which may answer why McNabb was so obviously overweight in his later years…

    I would not blame him if he stepped down during the season – in fact, I’d strongly suggest it because it the death of a family member is serious business. And that has to come first.

  38. timpaz says: Sep 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    How much longer can Jeffrie Laurie keep this guy, should have been fired five tears ago.

  39. bigperm33 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:27 PM

    obviously it was a mistake to draft him, and that hurts. but the bigger mistake would have been to keep him on the team just to save face – that is what most teams would have done. the good teams and the well run teams make mistakes just like everyone else – but they don’t compound those errors by refusing to admit mistake.

  40. bluebongzilla says: Sep 12, 2012 6:29 PM

    “If the Eagles fired Andy Reid, another team would hire him in less than 24 hours.”

    No doubt. As an offensive coordinator, nobody’s firing their head coach after week one for anybody.

  41. bluebongzilla says: Sep 12, 2012 6:36 PM

    bigperm33 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:27 PM

    “the good teams and the well run teams make mistakes just like everyone else – but they don’t compound those errors by refusing to admit mistake.”

    So how do you explain the Eagles keeping Vick? For Pete’s sake, they franchised LJ Smith in ’08.

  42. buffalose says: Sep 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    Philly fans hate their coach too when half of the league would take him over their curret coach? Aren’t Philly fans the worst? Hated mcnabb even though he carried that team, now they do like Reid?? Buffalo is cold and drunk too but even we didn’t throw snowballs at old’ saint nick. ( cue super bowl jokes now)

  43. greymares says: Sep 12, 2012 7:16 PM

    burgandyandgold and voiceofreason . i’m taking ST. LOUIS this week. and when that happens you guys will go away until next year.

  44. geniusfan says: Sep 12, 2012 11:34 PM

    Big Red may have missed on this one pick and that’s unfortunate, but at least he knew when to cut his losses instead of holding out hope for his pride’s sake.

    I think this year’s draft is really going to turn the defense around for the Eagles. Fletcher Cox had a sack against the Browns and looked good throughout the entire game. Mychal Kendricks is an explosive sideline to sideline player that really fits well into the wide-9 scheme. Brandon Boykin is an explosive returner who can play some solid slot cornerback as well.

    So yeah he missed on Jarret but this last draft really looks good so far give the guy a break.

  45. chucknorrisrules says: Sep 13, 2012 9:38 PM

    Andy, You did misevaluate that!

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