After being clobbered by the playoff-hopeful New York Giants on the last week of the season with the score of 42-7, the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger by firing coach Andy Reid.
According to NFL.com via Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles had already informed coach Andy Reid that he would be fired prior to playing the New York Giants in Week 17. However, Philadelphia strongly denies the report and states that Andy Reid hasn’t yet been informed of any such information.
According to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie, there will be a meeting held on Monday discussing Andy Reid’s future. This conference is expected to be the time when Lurie officially announces that Andy Reid will be fired after being the Eagles’ head coach for fourteen seasons.
During Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach, he had taken the Philadelphia Eagles to nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl appearance, in which the Eagles lost with the score of 24-21 to the New England Patriots.
The firing will certainly be a sad moment for Andy Reid as well as the Eagles, but similar to many underachieving teams in the league, a change is almost necessary. This move had to be done in order for both parties to move on and finally go their separate ways.
In terms of the coach that will be replacing Andy Reid next season, rumors have surfaced that Oregon Ducks’ Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien have been targeted as possible candidates. While nothing is definitive, hiring a new head coach will be the first action of business for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Under coach Andy Reid, the Philadelphia Eagles ended their 2012-13 season with an embarrassing 4-12 record, tied with the Detroit Lions for the second-worst overall in the NFL.
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