Leftovers From LaMonte

Bob LaMonte, agent for Andy Reid and many other coaches and executives around the league, stopped by Eagles training camp Saturday afternoon.

Tim has a story up with LaMonte’s comments about Reid’s future, along with Jeffrey Lurie’s ensuing response.

Below are some of the other things LaMonte had to say.

On Reid’s desire for a new contract: “When someone’s been in place for 14 years, that’s almost getting to a degree where that’s between he and the owner. It isn’t like they don’t know each other. It’s not like these things don’t go on. Even in all honesty the last time, that was simply just something that got done and got done, as you remember, very quickly and very easily. At that point, you have people that want to work together, and they’ve been together. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But it isn’t like when you first go in and try to satisfy a contract with a new organization and get a guy a four-year contract… But it’s unusual in that this is the only place in North America where you have a coach that’s been here this long in any sport. … Here, he’s got a contract. He’s happy, they’re happy.”

On how Lurie factors in Reid’s production: “I’d say that the most important thing is to be able to be in a position where by you’re always showing progress and always being a team, as Andy has had them, that goes far. Last year was an anomaly. I mean, it hasn’t happened many times. I mean, he’s already the winningest coach in the history of the Eagles. He’s virtually an icon in the National Football League. There’s maybe a couple – two, three guys like him. And at the end of the day, I don’t think there’s any pressure for him to do any more than the year before or the year before that. His production speaks for itself, and I think the Eagles have a chance to have a good team this year.”

On Reid’s future, and whether he needs a break: “I really see Andy as a person in my mind that’s always been a rock. He’s one of those people, he is really so strong, and I would say it starts with spirituality. He has tremendous spirituality. And I think people that have strong spirituality, and also have tremendous confidence in what they’re doing and have had great success… he’s arguably one of the greatest success stories in the National Football League. In not too easy a city, I might add. I really think that he will do this as long as he wants to do it. I could see him though at some point – he’s not that old of a person – maybe going into administration. He could certainly become a president of a team. He’s been a general manager and a vice president.”

On the dynamic of representing both Reid and Howie Roseman: “It’s the same thing we’ve had in many, many places. …I think the dynamic is, the most important thing, and I’ve always believed this, is that if you have a relationship that is a healthy one between the general manager and the head coach, that is the perfect model for the National Football League. …I think the opposite is true if you have the juxtaposition where everyone is at everyone’s throat. For me, personally, it’s nice only because they seem to always be doing the things together. It would be very difficult, as an example, if I had a GM who didn’t see eye to eye with the head coach. To me, that would be very, very hard… because then it would be in constant turmoil. I find it to be a benefit, and you can talk about the same things. During the season, normally the football coach is the voice. In the offseason, the way we think it’s important, is to then have the GM be the voice because it takes some pressure off. But I think the perfect model is always GM-head coach, same page, period. You have a great chance to win.”

On letting Reid go into the offseason without a new contract: “It’s a common thing with coaches of this quality that when they get to that point in their career, they are making a decision every much as part as the owner’s making that decision, because they’re entitled to that…

“That’s not an issue you guys should worry about from the standpoint of Andy Reid. He’s earned the right to decide what he’s going to do. And he may well decide he doesn’t want to coach, and Jeffrey may decide he doesn’t want to hire him. But I can just tell you Jeffrey Lurie has told me on any occasion I’ve ever been with him, that as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy’ll be his coach.”

On why client Marty Mornhinweg hasn’t gotten another head-coaching shot: The most important thing I think you can say about coaches today is there is always a new group, and if you’re not part of that new group, it’s very hard. …The thing is, these new group of guys come in and they quote-unquote become the new hot guy. And you guys know as well as I do, that’s just how it works, and it’s always going to be that way.”

On client Sean McDermott: “I think he’s brilliant. Had he taken the Denver job instead of going to Carolina, who knows? Maybe he gets a job. I think he’s fantastic.”

Agent: If Lurie is the Owner, Reid is the Coach

If you are of the belief that Andy Reid needs to have a standout year in order to secure his future in Philadelphia, you might not want to hear what Reid’s agent had to say on the subject.

Speaking to a small group of reporters at Lehigh Saturday, Bob LaMonte said that owner Jeffrey Lurie has given him every indication that Reid is the Eagles coach for as long as he wants the gig. Or at least as long as Lurie is calling the shots.

“He has stated again and again any time that I’ve been with him, that as long as he was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid would be his head coach,” said LaMonte. “I would say the proof is in the pudding; he’s been here for 14 years.”

Lurie addressed LaMonte’s comments by issuing the following statement:

“Bob is a great agent who we have an outstanding relationship with. 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.”

Reid is coming off a disappointing 8-8 campaign and has two years remaining on his deal. If he is not re-upped this season, he would go into 2013 as a lame duck. LaMonte is not worried.

“I believe contractually when you get to the stage where Andy is…I think you reach a point where contracts and talks about contracts, you have such a relationship with ownership, you have such a relationship organizationally that those things just kind of happen,” he said. “I would say that’s of no concern because at that stage, it’s not like you are seeking re-election, you’re kind of a Professor Emeritus at some point, where you’ve done this so long. And unless there was an event unforeseeable that I don’t know about, I don’t know how that would ever happen. I don’t think the contract will ever be an issue nor have we ever talked about it.”

Lurie delivered a passionate press conference at the end of the season that gave the impression that he had to seriously think about whether to move forward with Reid. Many thought it at least pushed Lurie to the brink and that excellence must be realized this season.

“I don’t think anyone has sat down with Andy and said, ‘If you don’t win X number of games, you’re in trouble.’ That conversation I guarantee, in my humble opinion, never took place,” said LaMonte. “They have to be productive and they should be a good team, and if they are that takes care of itself.”

LaMonte accurately noted that Reid is the longest-tenured head coach in football, and that there are organizations around the NFL dying for that kind of stability and success level that this head coach has offered. It was pointed out to him that this situation is unique: the Eagles have never won the Super Bowl, and it will frustrate this fan base to think that Reid is untouchable even if that goal is not realized.

“There is no one more frustrated about that than Andy Reid,” said LaMonte of the lack of Super Bowls. “But I will tell you this: Whenever Andy Reid leaves Philadelphia, I want to come and have a drink with you guys the following year and have you all tell me, ‘Wow. We never knew how good we had it.'”

LaMonte hinted that Reid may go into administration down the road, but said he sees no signs that the coach is slowing down.

“I think right now he is so content in what he’s doing and so excited about this team,” said LaMonte. “I don’t see any less energy…When you’re going up and slapping guys in the ass and running around and yelling, that’s the sign of a young guy…He looks to me like a young coach.”

And one, if you believe LaMonte, that will be here for a while.