Philadelphia Eagles Fire Head Coach Andy Reid
UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 10:02 a.m. ET
The Philadelphia Eagles have officially fired head coach Andy Reid, the team announced in an official statement.
The 14-year head coaching tenure of Andy Reid has ended, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday morning.
The organization’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie will hold a press conference at noon today at the NovaCare Complex...
...'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,' said Lurie. '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.'
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UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 6:15 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
USA TODAY Sports' Mike Garafolo confirmed Reid's firing:
Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the official announcement coming Monday, according to a person informed of the team's plans for releasing Reid.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven't made any announcement yet, was unsure if it will be spun as Reid resigning or if he'll be fired, but said it's clear he will not coach the Eagles after Sunday's 42-7 loss to the New York Giants.
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UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com has confirmed the report regarding Reid:
Andy Reid is scheduled to meet with Jeffrey Lurie Monday morning. A press conference is tentatively set for noon, according to a team source, to announce that Reid is no longer the head coach of the Eagles.
As did Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports:
After 14 seasons, Andy Reid's tenure has come to its inglorious end in Philadelphia, according to several reports. League sources tell CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that the official announcement will come Monday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter (via Who Say) did, however, mention that Reid hasn't been informed of his dismissal yet, which is expected to come Monday.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid learned from owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday that he would coach his final game with the team on Sunday against the New York Giants, according to two sources. The Eagles are expected to formally announce Reid's firing Monday.
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CSNPhilly.com reporter Reuben Frank had the news:
Two sources confirmed Lurie has told Andy he's going in a different direction. Andy Reid is out as Eagles head coach.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) December 30, 2012
Reid now fully takes the brunt of the blame for the Eagles' dismal 2012 season and a lack of success the past two years. Reid finished out this season despite many calling for his job earlier, following multiple embarrassing performances.
The Eagles' fours wins in 2012 are only by a combined six points, as they survived QB Michael Vick's turnovers in comeback wins over Cleveland, Baltimore and the New York Giants, and watched rookie QB Nick Foles rally to defeat Tampa Bay in Week 14.
The move doesn't come as a surprise to media or fans of the team, who have been calling for his tenure to end for quite some time. Owner Jeff Lurie decided not to engage in contract negotiations with his head coach before the season started, citing the need for substantial improvements before he would make the call on a new contract.
It proved to be the writing on the wall for Reid's time in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia tried to appease fans and light a spark in a struggling defense by firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo following a 26-23 loss to the Detroit Lions earlier this season. It did not work, however, as the defense continued to give up big plays the entire season.
After the re-emergence of Michael Vick as the starting quarterback in 2010 and the additions of CB Nnamdi Asomugha, DE Jason Babin and QB Vince Young in the summer before the 2011 season, Young declared the Eagles to be a "dream team" capable of winning multiple championships.
Was Reid's firing warranted?
Those kind of expectations helped doom Reid over the final two years of his Philadelphia career.
The Eagles haven't been able to compete the past two seasons the way they once did in the NFC East, missing the postseason in 2011 and 2012. It's a far cry from their success at the beginning of the Reid era.
Reid led the Eagles to four consecutive NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004, culminating with a Super Bowl XXXIX loss to the New England Patriots. He found his way back to the NFC title game in 2008, only to lose to the Arizona Cardinals.
As the winningest coach in Eagles history, Reid will finish with a career 130-92-1 record in the regular season, and a 10-9 record in the postseason.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. You can follow him on Twitter.
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