Big Red isn’t going anywhere still. The Eagles president Jeffrey Lurie recounted coach Andy Reid will come back for his 14th season in Philadelphia, even though he left open the possibility for adjustments on the coaching staff. Baseball odds
Speaking to journalists for the first time since training camp, Lurie said his disgust with the team’s 8-8 record and explained in particular why he chose to keep Reid after months of serious thoughts. Baseball spreads
“This was, without query, the most upsetting season since I’ve owned the team,” Lurie recounted. “It’s completely unacceptable.”
The Eagles were robust favorites to achieve the Super Bowl after winning the NFC East title last year and adding a few accomplished players in the offseason. Vince Young, backup quarterback, one of those additions, even referred as the “Dream Team” to the 2011 Eagles.
But they started 1-4 and were 4-8 before ending out the year with 4 uninterrupted wins against non-playoff groups. Lurie referred to the limited start as “depressing” and “unfathomable” and also related some of the losses as “silly” and “terrible.”
The Eagles blew fourth-quarter leads five times.
“After all the action we made in the offseason and with our roster, it’s extraordinarily disheartening and unsatisfactory to have the season over,” Lurie announced.
Reid is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL. He’s led the Eagles to 9 playoff appearances, 6 division titles, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl loss in 13 seasons. Lurie said he believed Reid’s past record, both long term and short-term, and his intangibles when deciding to keep him.
“Andy Reid not just has the love of his team and their respect, but he’s also got the passion in his belly to be the best,” Lurie said. “You’ve got to have the rage. You need to have the incentive, the perseverance, and the focus and the talent.
My answer to those questions is indeed. That’s the reason why I would like to see our team coached by Andy Reid next year, and I cannot wait to determine that team play. There is no question in my mind, if our focus is on attempting to win a championship next year, the best coach for that’s Andy.”
Team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman also will come back. Lurie said Reid has last word on all movements, and will decide whether to make changes on his crew.
Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s job might be in danger, especially with former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo available.
Castillo struggled after making the strange change from training offense to defense.
“There was an error in implementing large scheme changes,” Lurie related, referring to several new defensive players having to find a new program in a short time due to the lockout.
Castillo looked utterly out matched in his first season training defense after thirteen years teaching the offensive linemen.
Reid’s decision of promoting Castillo defied logic and was analyzed intensely throughout the year. Castillo’s defense played well in the last four games; nevertheless it came against lesser competition. The quarterbacks the Eagles beat were Matt Moore, Mark Sanchez, Stephen McGee and Rex Grossman.
Rumors mill around that the Eagles is going to hire Steve Spagnuolo to substitute Castillo. Spagnuolo was fired Monday after going 10-38 as the chief coach in St. Louis. He was an assistant under longtime Eagles coordinator Jim Johnson and was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when they defeat Tom Brady and the formerly undefeated New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.
Reid has two years remaining on his convention, and Lurie said he does not think to extend it at this point. He also refused to give Reid a win-or-else directive.
“Every year the objective is to reach the Super Bowl,” he announced. There is no ultimatum.”
Reid has a vocation record of 136-90-1 and his 10 playoff wins are the 11th most in NFL history. But the Eagles haven’t won a playoff game since beating Minnesota and the NY Giants in uninterrupted road games in 2008. They were removed in
the wild-card round the next 2 seasons before failing to advance this year.
“You’ve got to be in the contest to be in a position to win the Super Bowl, that’s the main goal,” Lurie asserted. “This coach and his team have a superb past record of getting to the contest.”