Reid’s agent, boss have odd exchange about Reid’s future

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At a time when no one is questioning the job security of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the man Reid has hired to represent the Eagles head coach has decided to grandstand about Reid’s job security.

Agent Bob LaMonte reiterated on Saturday that owner Jeffrey Lurie has given Reid a verbal guarantee of indefinite employment.

“[Lurie] has stated again and again, any time that I’ve been with him, that was as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid would be his coach,” LaMonte told a group of reporters at training camp on Saturday, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “And I’d say the proof of the pie is in the pudding.  He’s been here 14 years.”

While LaMonte reportedly has shared this story on multiple past occasions, this time Lurie opted to respond.

“Bob is a great agent who we have an outstanding relationship with,” Lurie said in a statement.  “As much respect as all of us have for Andy Reid, it is the nature of the profession that all coaches, executives and players are evaluated each year.  That’s the way we have always operated.  But our focus right now, and I know Andy feels the same way, is solely on the upcoming 2012 season.”

In other words, Lurie is saying that Reid — like any other employee — can be gone after any given year.  Including this year.

The timing of the back-and-forth is odd, to say the least.  Reid’s eldest son, Garrett, died less than a week ago, prompting notoriously fickle Philly fans to unconditionally embrace Reid in the wake of his personal tragedy.

In our view, LaMonte shouldn’t have said what he said, and Lurie shouldn’t have responded.

Yeah, LaMonte was asked whether Reid is on the hot seat in 2012, a fair question given that Lurie hinted strongly in January that Reid needs to have a big season in his 14th year in order to get a 15th one.  But given recent events, LaMonte should have said something like, “Andy has bigger concerns right now than whether he’ll keep his job with the Eagles after the 2012 season.”

Since LaMonte didn’t say that, Reid would be wise to say that.  Otherwise, it fairly will be presumed that he has ratified the comments of the man who is paid to speak for the coach.

Reid also would be justified to pay a visit to Lurie’s office and ask why the owner deemed it prudent and necessary to publicly disagree with LaMonte’s comments, in light of the events of the past week.

Chances are that the parties will find a way to smooth things over.  However, there’s also a small chance, given the emotions that surely have been stirred during the toughest week of Reid’s life, that the LaMonte-Lurie tit-for-tat could cause the relationship between coach and owner (or coach and agent) to spiral out of control, quickly.

25 responses to “Reid’s agent, boss have odd exchange about Reid’s future

  1. Ok so an agent can say whatever he wants, but owners cannot?

    Lurie needs to follow the Dan Cathy model and say whatever he wants.

  2. Ha, reminds me of how Stalin will tell those he planned to liquidate to live a long life. It sounds better in Russian. Anyway, watch out Reid. As a Giants fan I would love nothing better than to have this cat out of the division.

  3. The divorce settlement, you left that part out, Lurie, settled with his wife. Has a lot more to do with this story, then your “odd timeing” stuff. Just showing off the guns….

  4. I’ve noticed this about Reid….he can make some average QBs look really good. Think about it…..McNabb, Kolb, Vick, Feeley, and Foles (if you watched him play the other night). Each of these QBs have had their best play in Philly. And yes, Vick too. He may hack been disappointing last year (partly due to injury), but I think he was the top fantasy scorer in 2010.

    But I’ll will say this. Reid has been there 14 years. One thing he hasnt done is win a Super Bowl.

  5. This is hardly newsworthy. Lurie’s response was pretty generic and I think everyone (including his agent and the entire Eagles organization) already knows what Andy’s status is.

  6. Who has more to lose? Lurie will go on being owner no matter what. Reid can be booted at any time – and it’s not like anyone is calling him one of the all time greats. Reid belongs in the Hall of Better Than Average. Rule #1 – never mess with the boss.

  7. Hey in case you missed it, his son just passed away. Give me a break with the timing of this.

    Contract/Smontrack let Andy have some peace for a while in the headlines. I am sure he doesn’t care if he is with the Eagles for a week or 20 more years.

    Losing a son at this age is terrible. Give him a rest with his name in the headlines. Terrible time to talk about “contracts”

  8. It’s obvious Lurie said this because fans like me would flip out if we heard that Reid is coach as long as he is the owner. I’m a season ticket holder and expect a run at the SB every year. If Reid keeps failing, he should be fired. Personally, I believe he should have been let go years ago. Stop making something out of nothing. PLEASE!!!

  9. How many other head coaches have agents? Belichick? Payton? Fisher? the Harbaughs? Strikes me as a little odd.

  10. That relationship is much stronger than anyone knows. It can’t be harmed by the imprudent comments of an agent. The relationship between owner and coach was only strengthened while events of the past week unfolded. Lamonte’s suspender-snappiong boast was just that of an agent taking credit for the work of his client. No need for anyone to clarify anything.

  11. You are so off base on this. You said by Reid not responding he is ratifying the agent’s comments. Then you take Lurie to task for responding. Lurie has to respond or else he would be ratifying the comments.
    The agent is out of bounds and an idiot and I am sure Lurie is furious that he was forced to address this given what is going on with Andy right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if the agent was doing this intentionally to back Lurie into a corner.

  12. Reid and Lurie don’t do drama, so this isn’t going to going to be a problem. Lurie divorces his wife and settles within a month; Reid’s son dies and it is back to business a few days later; Earlier this summer Reid made a power play and Lurie fires his right hand man. This is not Rex Reid looking for attention. The one thing I like about this organization is they keep the bs to a minimum. Now if they could only win a super bowl.

  13. Business is business. No one is guaranteed a job in the NFL.

    What happened to the Reid family was truly heartbreaking, and none of them will ever be the same. The timing may have been a bit bad, but blame Reid’s agent for even bringing this all out so soon after the tragedy, and blame Lurie for being stupid and responding. Both of them should be ashamed of themselves, as all they’ve done is backed everyone involved into a corner.

  14. Andy hasn’t done anything to keep his job in a while, so I can’t see why this is reality for him as per job performance. Timing is queer for the owner to pipe in, I’d as soon just leave everything alone.

  15. So if he goes 0-16 back to back he’ll still have a job? Good joke, I know it’s Filthadelphia but there will be 20,000 people make in that stadium in the third year.

  16. It was not that long ago that Mike Shanahan’s agent made a statement about him having a contract for life in Denver.

    I forget who his agent is or was, but this has the same scenario written all over it.

  17. “How many other head coaches have agents?”

    Probably all of them. Sean Payton’s agent is Don Yee. Pretty sure he represents Jeff Fisher, too.

  18. Pretty tacky thing for his agent to have said, as it gives the impression that he is capitalizing, or kind of “striking while the iron is hot,” at a completely inappropriate time and place. There is NO upside to this kind of comment. Very sad situation made even sadder.

  19. Business is business. It is your job florio to extrapolate that into news stories. You are doing a great job! 🙂

  20. “He may hack been disappointing last year (partly due to injury), but I think he was the top fantasy scorer in 2010.”

    He can put that trophy on the mantle next to all the fantasy Super Bowl trophies he has won. At this point you have to expect Vick to be injured at some point, and guess what? He’s already injured.

  21. Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t we lead to believe that after the start of training camp, and with actuall football being played, that we were going to be talking more football? If I wanted rumor and innuendo I’m sure there are sources for that manner of infotainment.

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