Andy Reid: Regrets, I Have a Few

CBS Philly reports that former Eagles coach Andy Reid spent the weekend at Wharton Business School, taking questions about his management approach.

Reid, the former Eagles head coach, was a panelist at the NFL’s Career Development Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The audience included 70 NFL assistant coaches and player-personnel executives seeking advice, as well as Zach Berman of the Inquirer.

“I was inside the auditorium when Andy [Reid] was speaking and he was candid because he was literally answering a question from a perspective head coach, from an assistant coach who is looking to become a head,” Berman told Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on 94 WIP on Monday. “And what the question was, was about self-evaluation. The way the question was posed to Andy was that, ‘When you become a head coach or GM [general manager] clearly you’re talented at the field, so how did you evaluate yourself?’”

“And what Andy said was that, a year ago he had to do it because he got fired and what he realized is that he strayed from what he does best, what he loves to do, and that’s coaching,” Berman explained. “And he was more on the personnel side, so he determined that for his next job he was really going to get back to coaching on the field, calling plays.”

Must’ve worked. The Chiefs, Reid’s new team, went to the playoffs in his first year.

Andy Reid’s Main Line House Is for Sale

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

Andy Reid must be settling in as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he’s finally decided to sell his private Main Line home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Villanova. Built in 1999, the home has several standout details: two fireplaces, an office with built-in shelving, finished basement and third floor, and closets with storage systems. From a practical standpoint, the house has a generator and a heated driveway and front walkway, making snow removal a breeze.

A secluded back deck leads to lovely grounds — more than spacious enough for a game of touch football. Gallery below.

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Anyone Missing Andy Reid and Joe Banner Right About Now?


Two things kept me from wanting to hurl after the Eagles lost an ugly game to the Minnesota Vikings: the Cowboys’ epic fail and my fantasy football teams.

Just as important as Tony Romo’s latest choke-job (at least in my mind) is that I pulled off a first in my roughly 15 years of pretend-sports management — both of my teams advanced to the championship. In one league, that wasn’t a surprise, as I had Jamaal Charles. The Kansas City running back scored five touchdowns on Sunday; the 51 points he spotted me was virtually impossible to overcome. By comparison, Shady McCoy’s team-record-setting Snow Bowl game the week earlier netted 34 points.

But Charles’ gonzo performance got me thinking about someone else who’s in Kansas City these days — Andy Reid, who clinched a playoff berth with Sunday’s win.

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Kansas City Keeps Finding Atrocious Ways to Remind Andy Reid of the 14 Years He Spent in Philadelphia


Poor Andy Reid. He leaves Philadelphia after 14 years, gets a great fresh start in Kansas City—4-0!—but finds out that the people there will probably always know him best for … the 14 years he spent in Philadelphia. Once again, the man can’t win. This time, though, at least it’s not because of poor clock management.

Anyway, Exhbit A for our argument here is … the Kansas City Chiefsteak. Pitch Weekly’s Jonathan Bender describes this new offering (from the concessions crew at Arrowhead Stadium, natch) as a “footlong bun loaded down with smoked brisket, primary-colored swatches of cheese and bell peppers, and a burping river of barbecue sauce.”

Bender adds: “The stadium has introduced its newest sandwich in homage to Andy Reid, the mustachioed head coach whose most recent previous job was in the city of angioplasty. (Philadelphia has not officially adopted this slogan. Yet.)”

Mostly, the sandwich is a mess. “Add the Chiefsteak to the list of Philly-hopeful sandwiches that fall short. But some things – like football fans who use Cheez Whiz to dull their battery-throwing, expletive-spewing pain in the wake of the great Chip Kelly experiment – are best left to that city anyway.” Just like we can leave the lazy clichés to Kansas City alt-weekly writers!


All-22: One Play Kelly Will Steal From Reid

Chip Kelly has used some version of the same line several times since he was hired as the Eagles’ head coach back in January.

“If you weren’t in the room with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne, then you stole it from somebody,” Kelly says. “We didn’t invent this.”

It’s Kelly’s way of denying that he’s some kind of innovator or revolutionary, labels that make him uncomfortable.

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Andy Reid Eviscerates Sal Paolantonio, Reveals Actual Personality

Two things happened after last night’s loss to Andy Reid. (Because that’s what it was. Andy vs. the Eagles. And Andy won.) One, Andy Reid completely shredded Sal Paolantonio during a post-game interview. He spent a fair amount of time ignoring Sal to embrace other people, and actually accused Sal of “blocking” his path. And then delivered these two zingers.

About Sal: “This guy’s not that important right here.”

About a big 3rd down conversion, sardonically: “That was as big as Sal Paolantonio, baby.”

Two, in doing so, he revealed a striking amount of actual personality. New team, new man.

Why might Andy be pissed at longtime Philly scribe Sal Pal? Maybe it was this extended takedown of Andy he gave in January, during which he suggested no NFL team in its right mind would want to hire Reid.

So I don’t know why [Arizona’s] Bidwills would want to hire a guy who they just, you know, they killed the team when they were out there.  It was one of the most embarrassing performances by the Eagles all year long.  So, frankly, I was shocked that there was that much interest.

Well, Andy got the last word. Several times.

Video here, via ESPN.

This Time, Reid Leaves Town A Happy Man

Andy Reid has never been one to pour out his emotions publicly. And he predictably deflected questions about his return to Philadelphia this week by turning the conversation to the game at hand.

But as time began ticking off the clock Thursday night and victory was his, the generally stoic Reid looked downright giddy. His players topped the night by giving their new head coach a Gatorade bath and carried the celebration in the locker room. Reporters waiting for Reid in the press conference area could hear the festivities loud and clear.

“It was a big roar, a big cheer, we were cheering Andy on,” said running back Jamaal Charles. “He wanted to get this win. He may not tell anyone but at the end of the day, he had the biggest smile on his face.”

Reid still wore the look of a happy man as he made his way to the podium.

“You put it out of your mind the best way you possibly can,” said Reid of returning to Philly as an opposing coach, less than nine months after being relieved of his duties with the Eagles. “I mean, 14 years is 14 years — that’s a long time, especially for a chubby old guy. I can tell you I enjoyed every minute here. I am enjoying my time in Kansas City. Coming back, I didn’t think much about it until the game was over. It was great to see the guys, the players that are here, and I got a chance to speak to a couple of them after the game. It’s all kind of settling in right now. I’m not sure exactly how I feel other than I’m glad we won the game.”

His wife, Tammy, was in the room as is custom, and was all smiles as she watched her husband answer questions about his triumphant return.

Downplay it all you want, but this couldn’t have been just any game for Reid, right?

“Yeah, it was different. I’m on the opposite end of the field…but I wasn’t caught up in that part of it,” he said. “I was too busy — it was probably a good thing it was a short week — I was too busy trying to make sure we had the offense and the defense and the special teams going right that I didn’t have time to think about all the other stuff that goes along with it.”

Reid joked during the week that he was going to have Donovan McNabb come out of the tunnel with him to help take some of the heat  the Philadelphia fans may throw his way. But it was all love on this night, at least before the game. He received a standing ovation as he took the field, and the Eagles put up a “Thank you” message on the big screen briefly, listing all of his achievements while head coach of the Eagles.

“I did, I saw that, I appreciated that. It was very kind of the Luries, and of Jeffrey to do that and for the fans the way they reacted there,” he said.

Reid talked briefly with Chip Kelly before the game. Spoke with Jeremy Maclin and several of the players during warm-ups. The game soon took over and his former players morphed into the opponent. He was back in his element, where the task at hand blocks out all the “fluff,” as he called it on Tuesday. But when the task was completed, we saw the human side of Reid come out.

“We wanted it for him,” said cornerback Brandon Flowers. “We appreciate Coach and what he does for this franchise. Even though he thought it was just a game, we definitely wanted it for him.”

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