The Philadelphia Eagles have made the move everyone was expecting, ending Andy Reid’s 14-year run as coach this morning.
“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,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
In a difficult season personally that began with the death of his son during training camp, Reid and the team never were in sync, despite being put on notice by Lurie during training camp. With Reid’s family accompanying him to MetLife Stadium for the regular-season finale against the New York Giants, the Eagles lost badly and finished 4-12.
Reid, 54, reportedly is eager to coach again next season and ESPN reports that he has been trying to assemble a coaching staff. Although Reid is a California native, ESPN reports that he is not expected to be considered by the San Diego Chargers when they fire Coach Norv Turner, as Turner expects.
Reid was 130-93-1 with nine playoff appearances, six division titles, four NFC championship game appearances and one Super Bowl trip. He is the second coach fired so far, with Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur the first of what is expected to be a busy day.