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Jason Avant was posed this question following the 42-7 loss to the Giants, which marked both the end of the season and Andy Reid‘s run as head coach of the Eagles:
Are there not enough character guys on this team anymore?
“I would say that’s true,” Avant replied.
The veteran receiver tried to cut himself off several times during his session with a group of reporters before getting too critical of his teammates, then pressed on. He was one of a handful of Eagles that couldn’t hide their emotions any longer. Some of the guys that line up beside them just aren’t cut from the same cloth.
Somewhere along the line, Michael Vick lost track of the Eagles’ record.
“If you finish with four or five wins, there’s nothing to be happy about,” the Eagles quarterback said after Sunday’s 42-7 loss to the Giants. “There’s nothing to be proud of. You don’t go through training camp to go…5-11?”
A reporter reminded him he was one win too generous, and that the Eagles actually finished 4-12.
But the truth is, when you have a season like the Eagles just had, your record stops mattering long before Week 17.
Playing for the first time since suffering a concussion on Nov. 11, Vick went 19-for-35 for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In many ways, Sunday’s outing looked like his first nine starts of the season.
Performance is one thing, but effort is a different matter entirely. After the game Sunday, a frustrated Vick seemed to question the effort of his teammates.
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.
“Oh, I don’t know,” said Reid, when asked if he believed he had just coached his last game for the Eagles. “I’ll meet with Jeffrey and we’ll talk it over.
“I love the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s how I feel. I loved every minute I had a chance to coach them.”
Who will be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles? Here’s a list of names to get you started.
Add one more name to the list of potential Andy Reid replacements.
According to ESPN’s’ Chris Mortensen, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is on the Eagles’ short list. O’Brien spent five years on the Patriots’ coaching staff, including one as offensive coordinator. Under trying circumstances, he led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 (6-2 Big Ten) record in 2012.
An obvious question is: Why would O’Brien have taken the Penn State job if he planned on bolting for the NFL after one season?
When the idea of Andy Reid being fired became realistic earlier this season, there was one name that was discussed among Eagles fans more than any other: Jon Gruden.
As the weeks have gone by, the attention has turned to others like Oregon’s Chip Kelly, Denver’s Mike McCoy and so on.
But less than 24 hours before Black Monday, Gruden’s name has resurfaced.
The national media has been singing Andy Reid‘s praises so loudly in recent weeks, you can’t help but think they are overcompensating for what they feel is a lack of appreciation for the head coach here in Philadelphia.
The Eagles fan base has been told over and over to be careful what they wish for, because they will never find a coach as good as Reid again.
If Andy Reid is fired before New Year’s as many expect, the players will be getting very short notice.
According to multiple player sources, Reid had not addressed his future with the team as of early Saturday afternoon. Even as they began their trip north to take on the Giants, there was no message.
From Andy Reid to Nick Foles to the draft, here’s this week’s roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.
With just two days left before the NFL’s firing and hiring season begins, the Saints and Sean Payton have agreed to a new contract.
Here’s a look at how that move affects the Eagles, plus an update on Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and a new name to consider from the college ranks.
Andy Reid was asked Friday — following what could be his last practice as head coach of the Eagles — if Jeffrey Lurie has talked to him this week about what his intentions are with the coaching situation.
“No. No, we haven’t talked,” Reid replied.
As much as Reid and the players are trying to keep the conversation on the Giants, it inevitably floats to what happens when time runs off the clock Sunday. Even if it’s not with the Eagles, does Reid definitely intend to coach next year?
“I don’t know what I’d do without the media,” said Reid, fitting a joke into the uncomfortable gathering inside the practice bubble. “That’s what I want to do…I do want to coach, yeah.”
Jerry Glanville taught us that NFL stands for “Not For Long,” and everyone who signs up for the lifestyle knows it.
If you’re a coach, you’re going to get fired. If you’re lucky you’ll get another gig in another city, and you’ll move your family there and hope the stay is long enough to grow some roots. But it probably won’t be.
Given the transient nature of the profession, it is understandable that a coach would insulate himself and zero in only on the Sunday in front of him until he is told that there will be no more Sundays with his current team.
On last night’s Birds 24/7 Radio show (podcast links here!), Tim and I discussed several potential candidates to replace Andy Reid as the Eagles’ next head coach.
One name we both agreed is worth keeping an eye on is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.