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Andy Reid is officially out as Eagles coach

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It’s been months in coming, but the Eagles finally made it official on Monday morning.

Andy Reid has been fired after 14 years as the team’s head coach. The team released a statement announcing Reid’s firing ahead of a press conference with owner Jeffrey Lurie that is scheduled for noon E.T. on Monday.

“Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” Lurie said in the statement. “But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”

Lurie said that the search for a new coach begins immediately. Reid is expected to start his own job search immediately as well. He’s made no secret about his hopes of landing another job for the 2013 season with most speculation centering on San Diego, where we’re waiting for the official word on Norv Turner’s ouster. He might not wind up landing anywhere when the music stops, but Monday’s announcement confirms that the Eagles are sure to have their first new coach since Bill Clinton was the President of the United States.

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  1. slammincamnewton says: Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM

    Enjoy bottomfeeding for years to come Eagles fans.

  2. billsfaninmiami says: Dec 31, 2012 10:11 AM

    Off to San Diego!
    There are walruses there too….

  3. kingpel says: Dec 31, 2012 10:11 AM

    He’ll be hired by the end of the day. Dont cry for Andy.

  4. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:13 AM

    Grab a couple cheeseburgers for comfort, lick your wounds, and move on. Reid will land on his feet as good coaches tend to do.

  5. nogoodell says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM


  6. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    Hope Andy lands somewhere soon. I will take him down here in Jacksonville. PFT is going to be busy today with all the firings.

  7. daknight93 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    Andy is officially a free agent head coach..I’m sure eagle fans are happy for new change, all the best to Andy in his quest for a new job.

  8. alefty says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    We had the best coach in the NFL for so long, ours fans forgot. Best of luck Andy and thank you for all those winning seasons!

  9. reed20ravens says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    I understand the eagles fans frustration but you gotta feel bad for Reid after all he’s been through this year (his son passing away)

  10. Kelly's Chronicles says: Dec 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    Good for you Coach Reid. Happy for you that you are out of the unappreciative and evil environment called the Philadelphia Eagles.

  11. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    The fall of a once dominate team in the NFC. How sweet it is.

  12. bleed4philly says: Dec 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    So long Andy, now bring in Chip Kelly!!! He will turn us into a scoring/winning machine!!!

  13. kvanhorn87 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:17 AM

    Thank you Andy for a great run. Best years as an organization. Time to go our separate ways but won’t be easy. There is a reason most coaches don’t last this long. Shame that you couldn’t finish the job.

  14. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:17 AM

    Giant mistake Jeff. Betcha Andy wins his second ring before you win your first ring. It sucks that most of my fellow Eagles fans are so uneduacted that they bail on their team after 2 consecutive losing seasons after 14 years. Andy, please don’t go to Dallas. It would be so hard to continue to root for you wearing that star. Ugh, I have a feeling that my Eagles are doomed to the basement of the NFC again. Now I know why so many people in the Delaware valley hate our own sports teams. We have terrible fans. Well maybe terrible is a stretch, but we’re certainly not the 12th man like Seattle.

    One of the only intelligent Philly fans left

  15. wethog66 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    Sucks for Reid and his family, but its awsome for us Skins fans. Damn fine HC is out of the NFC East.

  16. bobbyhoying says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    Jeff Lurie brought this on because players knew Reid had no likelyhood of coaching in Philly in 2013. Lurie would have made a better decision by cutting Andy last year. Whomever he hires had better put the fear of God in all the bums that didn’t play this year for Andy. There’s no excuse for all the Albert Haynesworth imitations on the Eagles’ defense.

  17. tvguy22 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    Months? It’s been YEARS in coming. About 3 years too late. I’m so happy today.

  18. weepingjebus says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    After watching Vick go out and throw a horrible INT on his very first pass yesterday, I have to think Reid is probably lucky to have a chance to go elsewhere.

  19. wrossi81 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:20 AM

    It’s for the best. Andy gave us some good years, but it’s time to move on.

  20. bigbadal21 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:20 AM

    San Diego is a no-brainer for Reid since he has a lifelong passion for surfing. I could picture Reid on a surf board before I could picture him coaching the Chargers. He needs to retire and spend time with his family. The NFL has changed and so has the qualities needed for a head coach. Any team who hires him will be disappointed.

  21. therealtrenches says: Dec 31, 2012 10:21 AM

    Commence interviewing Todd Bowles to get Rooney-rule compliance out of the way.

  22. skinsgal4life says: Dec 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    Now they just need to get rid of that scumbag Vick.

  23. Iraelite says: Dec 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    Glad we don’t have to play this guy twice a year –

    signed Dallas fan.

    Of course, we do have much, MUCH BIGGER things to worry about. Great Coach here though! I’d take him over Jason Garrett anyday.

  24. joebloww says: Dec 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    Doesn’t matter who coaches the Eagles, you losers will never win a Super Bowl. Sincerely, a Giants fan.


    Yes I know you always beat us in the regular season. Kiss the rings.

  25. akismet-41df5f84b285a08d1fb0d92c89e73e1b says: Dec 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    He would be welcome out here in Arizona!

  26. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    The Walrus should kick it for a year, hit the gym, shed 70lbs, get to know his wife again, assemble a top notch staff and head to Dallas next year because we all know how the 2013 Cowboys season is gonna end!

    Then mercilessly stick it to the Iggles for years to come. The end

  27. bsreed says: Dec 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    Anyone claiming the Eagles organization are stupid and “deserve to bottom feed” for years are rushing to judgment and piling on Philadelphia. For years this organization has been known to cut bait with coaches and players at the right time, and he team gave Reid two years to fix the problems that have never been truly addressed since Jim Johnson died. Andy Reid is still great at player evaluation, QB development, and managing his coaches/ players on a personal level. He has horrific time management skills, can’t adjust mid-game to another team’s weaknesses, and makes terrible decisions when it comes to challenges. He’ll be fine somewhere else with a new start, and I appreciated everything he did as a coach for Philly.

  28. txchzhead says: Dec 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    I am really in no position to tell this man what to do, but it looks like he needs a year off to get himself back together. It was tough seeing him look so distant all year.

  29. materialman80 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    This was a no-brainer. Reid needed to go a long time ago.

  30. phileborn says: Dec 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    Andy’s greatness will only be measured by the success or failures of the next head coach. I sincerely wish this guy nothing but the best.

  31. mhs8031 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:31 AM

    I can only imagine what it was like helplessly watching your son self-destruct and die before your eyes. As a Panther fan and father, I admire him. I know it had to be rough going through that in Philly, where the fans are the most insensitive and obnoxious in the NFL. I wish him well, and I know the players will begin the process of distancing themselves from him, when they were the problem. SDiego would be lucky to have him.

  32. bucslose says: Dec 31, 2012 10:33 AM

    Just saw that Gruden is making himself available and will most likely start interviewing soon. I expect him to end up in San Diego or Philly.

  33. jordangarnett says: Dec 31, 2012 10:34 AM

    Andy Reid to the COWBOYS please!

  34. RexCanCoach says: Dec 31, 2012 10:35 AM

    Maybe Andy can go west to Pittsburgh and coach the Suckers. They got no heart left watching playoffs at home hahaha.

  35. censoredagain says: Dec 31, 2012 10:35 AM

    Respect for Big Red from this Giants fan. Those Eagles fans who are idiotically bashing this guy need to go out and buy a clue. He was the winningest coach in your teams’ history and had them contending in just about every season. You got your wish. Maybe you’ll regret it.

  36. andyreidisthegoat says: Dec 31, 2012 10:36 AM

    This guy was good in the beginning thanks to Jim Johnson. He is probably in the top 5 of all time overrated NFL coaches. In game management was a disaster, 10-9 in the post season, 1 SB appearance and loss, which he probably cost them due to poor clock management, and although there were several Conf championship games, he only won one and lost 3 others that he should have easily won. Guy was constantly out coached by anyone with an NFL pedigree. Although a national media darling and lots of buddies in the coaching world continually sing his praises, this guy is a fraud and will be a huge bust wherever he goes.

  37. cali49er707 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:38 AM

    Some team is going to get a real good coach even though it may have been time for a new Philly coach !!

    Say what you want but, Reid is good coach!!!!

  38. oaktown49er says: Dec 31, 2012 10:41 AM

    As someone who is not an Eagles fan, I can say that outside of Philly a lot of fans think Reid is a great coach. I’m not saying Eagles fans are wrong, but it will be interesting to see if the next coach can match his success.

  39. phrankyc says: Dec 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    Thank you Coach Reid for all that you have done. Before you became the coach, Eagles fans had suffered through season after season of mediocrity with an occasional playoff appearance. Good luck going forward . Go Eagles!

  40. timasahh says: Dec 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    Love Reid and all he’s done for this Franchise. I can get a little bitter toward him during the season when expectations are high, but now that it’s over, it”s impossible not to appreciate how much he’s accomplished over his tenure here.

    I am happy about the move though. Not that I think a new coach can swing in here and fix all of the Eagles’ problems over night, but it is time for a change. Things have gotten stale with him here, and over the last few years the team has only gotten worse. It’s time for Reid and the Eagles to have a fresh start, whether success comes quickly or not.

    Good or bad, it will at least be interesting as an Eagles fan to see the direction the team goes from here, and it will be nice to follow Reid as a fan, as I’m sure he’ll land elsewhere and continue to do great things.

  41. NoDecaf says: Dec 31, 2012 10:43 AM

    Nothing but love for Andy but it’s time. 14 years is several lifetimes for an NFL coach. The players stopped responding, the coaching staff in shambles – it’s time.

  42. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 31, 2012 10:46 AM

    I’ll miss all of those almosts.

  43. attyken says: Dec 31, 2012 10:48 AM

    The Redskins can keep our seat warm for now…we will be back soon.

  44. pinion8ted says: Dec 31, 2012 10:48 AM

    One Super Bowl in 14 years, and people think the Iggles are gonna miss this guy????


  45. conormacleod says: Dec 31, 2012 10:50 AM

    Lobbying for another mans job before either are fired is pretty low.

  46. phillyphannn83 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:54 AM

    It was time to go. Trust me when I tell you that we Philly fans are enormously thankful for the success that Andy brought us. There was a run there from about ’01-’10 where Andy was the second winningest head coach in the NFL behind Belicheat. Yes, we are incredibly disappointed that despite all that success, 5 NFC championship games, guessing around 9 or 10 division championships, and a nice winning percentage, that he wasn’t able to bring us our first Lombardi. He built an attitude of success here that hadn’t been experienced for that long a time in well, ever, so yes, were entirely appreciative but it was time to go. Big Red tried way too hard to be an innovator and, more times than not, it backfired. He will land somewhere where they only win 5-8 games a year and turn them into a viable team, but I just don’t think he knows enough about Sunday to win that beautiful silver trophy. Here’s wishing the Walrus thanks for what he brought us and good luck wherever he lands(unless its Dallas).

  47. progress2011 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    If you are in a management capacity at ANY company/ firm etc. it is your job to:

    1. Identify systemic problems
    2. Evaluate personnel
    3. Resolve systemic issues and personnel issues
    4. Show measured / palpable progress at your annual evaluation

    Reid was failed MISERABLY and would receive a POOR evaluation, based on his Job Performance:

    1. The Offensive line has been HORRID for YEARS, with no glimpse of improvement.
    2. The Defense has equally been horrible. So, instead of bringing in a seasoned, experienced coach to improve the defense, Reid brought in a coach that had NEVER coached defense !
    3. Offensive line and Defensive issues were not resolved and are still ongoing.

    Minus all the sentimental reasons why fans may still support Reid, he did not meet the obligations of the job / fulfill his Job Description.

    Therefore he deserved to be fired due to the inability to meet the requirements of the job…..PERIOD !

  48. masterflyguy says: Dec 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    Goodbye Andy… While many will rave on your record, I suggest you were only good as your supporting cast i.e. Jim Johnson, McNabb, etc.. The Eagles were easy to figure out, and one-dimensional. Please hire a defensive-minded coach and coach ONLY!!!

  49. loriann1 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:05 AM

    He did a good job in the beginning. Michael Vick was a big mistake! Good Luck Andy.

  50. orivar says: Dec 31, 2012 11:05 AM

    One Super Bowl in 14 years, and people think the Iggles are gonna miss this guy????

    And countless playoffs. Didn’t win the big one but at the end of the day I enjoyed the ride and of good memories from it. That’s all that matters in the end, it’s sports, it’s entertainment, it doesn’t change your life unless you’re involved in it on the non-fan level.

  51. wallacejay says: Dec 31, 2012 11:08 AM

    The broom-stache has left the building!

  52. inthearex says: Dec 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    Philly fans got what they asked for. For better or worse

  53. thebrownrelease says: Dec 31, 2012 11:23 AM

    So much for that contract for life….

  54. dantarpa says: Dec 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    Mistake firing Andy. Time will tell.

  55. 07vrod says: Dec 31, 2012 11:27 AM

    Ahh, the days of respectability and model franchise will now be replaced with “NFL Door Mat”…yep, time to get back to the Philadelphia Eagle’s roots! You must be a fan of the Eagles for 40 or more years to understand the above statement.

  56. TheWizard says: Dec 31, 2012 11:28 AM

    If they don’t start spending that cap money, it won’t matter.

  57. lovedabirds says: Dec 31, 2012 11:28 AM

    The coach killer strikes again.

    Andy’s down fall the last 3 seasons is very much linked to him “taking in” Vick. Andy thought he could develop Vick into everything McNabb wasn’t anymore. The thing Reid refused to see was that although Vick has been said to have million dollar talent, it’s attached to 10 cents worth of software running it.

    Good luck Andy. I hope I’m wrong but I think we are going to miss you as we now miss McNabb. Although this city will be always be to stubborn & full of scorn to admit it.

  58. flavordave says: Dec 31, 2012 11:28 AM

    One playoff run since 2004 and 24-42 vs playoff teams since 1999. Nobody in Philly misses that. At all. BTW hes a good man and we all wish him the best. He should take a year off and collect his 5 million.

  59. jimmysee says: Dec 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    Lovie Smith to Philadelphia.

  60. jangocat says: Dec 31, 2012 11:43 AM

    Andy’s the most over rated coach ever. he has a 30% wining percentage against teams with a winning record. Belichick by contrast has a 60% win record. Andy is 1-4 in NFC championship games and 0-1 in the Superbowl. Sorry, we’re not going to miss him in Philly, he should have been gone 4-5 years ago. Beating up on bad teams and losing 70% of the time to good teams gets old.

  61. lgwelsh1 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:07 PM

    It’s best for everyone involved. Eventually in professional sports there comes a time when a fresh start is needed.

    Andy is a great coach and won’t be unemployed for long, give it a week max.

  62. holdthemayo123 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:09 PM

    Here’s a thought Andy – next time Tony Dungy asks you to take on a reclamation project, say no.

  63. sailbum7 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:39 PM

    I hope he does not land in San Diego. I do not see him fitting well with the organization or the type of football San Diego likes to play. No doubt Norv is on his way out the door, but I think that SD can do better than Reid for a replacement.

  64. bftigers724 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    Mike Zimmer should be the next head coach. Hard-nosed, physical and very knowledgable of the 4-3 defense. Great fit!

  65. patssteelersorgiants says: Dec 31, 2012 4:06 PM

    Wow now all they have to do is cut Vick and football is back in Philly. Reid should have been let go 3 years ago. Jim Johnson was why they won. Reid would be a better GM than coach.

  66. bleedgreen says: Dec 31, 2012 4:14 PM

    oaktown49er says:
    Dec 31, 2012 10:41 AM
    As someone who is not an Eagles fan, I can say that outside of Philly a lot of fans think Reid is a great coach. I’m not saying Eagles fans are wrong, but it will be interesting to see if the next coach can match his success.


    Just remember, the national media and fans of other teams told Philly we were all stupid for wanting McNabb gone, and he would come back to beat us. He didn’t. He fizzled out like a bad fart.

    People need to suck it up and realize that Philly fans are not stupid and ignorant. They know football. We’re not saying Reid is awful or that he’s done. We’re saying that its time for him to go elsewhere, just like we said about McNabb. We have much love for Reid AND McNabb. We cheered and applauded McNabb in his first appearance as a Redskin in Philly. Philly fans can recognize, respect, and love an individual and still realize that its time for them to move onto something else.

    Ask Pat Burrell, Allen Iverson or even Brian Dawkins. Once an Eagle, ALWAYS an Eagle in our hearts unless you did something to us. We still love and appreciate them.

  67. schmedley69 says: Dec 31, 2012 6:08 PM

    It was time for Andy to go. He had a good run from 2000-2004, but the Eagles have been an up and down team since then. The inability to replace Jim Johnson as D-coordinator and blown draft pick after blown draft pick have doomed this team the past few years. Andy has become a Mad Scientist over the years, converting his O-Line coach to D-Coordinator and using 1st round draft picks on 27 year-old Firemen with little football experience. Those are just a few examples of his very questionable judgment.

    We Eagles fans who follow the team day in and day out, year after year know a lot more about Andy Reid than you non-Eagles fans who are criticizing us. We knew when McNabb was done, and we have known for years that Andy needed to go.

    I wish Andy luck, but I don’t see him having much success if he continues to make bizarre decisions like he did with Juan Castillo, Danny Watkins, et al. Andy made a lot of really big mistakes, and I’, glad that he was finally held accountable.

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