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Andy Reid Opted Out of a Farewell Press Conference

Kyle Scott - January 3, 2013

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We’re still in that get irrationally angry about things that don’t matter anymore stage of the breakup.

The Eagles are, apparently, leaking nuggets (they should get that looked at…) to their favorite beat reporter, the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. He reports that the team had a press conference scheduled for Reid on Monday, but between the time of being fired and 11 a.m., according to McLane, Reid opted out.

Reid hates the local media, lets be real clear about that, so it’s no surprise that he didn't want to face one last round of questions before leaving town. But at some point he'll talk. My guess? He gives an exclusive to either A) McLane, who is probably the most pro-state scriptual of worth, or, more likely, B) an ESPN personality– Sal Pal, Jaws, or similar. Reid has nothing to gain by pleasing Philly folks anymore, so him declining to speak isn't shocking. But I was a bit surprised that there wasn't a farewell press conference, of sorts. That’s not standard protocol… but neither is giving the guy you just fired a game ball.

Andy Reid Can’t Manage His Personal Time Either

Kyle Scott - January 3, 2013

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Andy Reid’s time management problems have continued into unemployment. Big Red missed his flight to Arizona last night after meeting with the Chiefs, in Philadelphia, for nine hours, according to CSN’s Reuben Frank:

Reid said via text the meeting “went very well.”

Reid also said via text that his interview with the Cards, originally scheduled to begin later Wednesday, has been pushed back, either to Thursday or Friday.

Reid met Wednesday with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, team president Mark Donovan and general manager Scott Pioli. Donovan spent the 2003 through 2008 seasons with the Eagles, serving as senior vice president of business operations. 

 

Reid reportedly threw a red challenge flag and tried to call a timeout to delay his US Airways departure to Phoenix… but, apparently, you can't do that.

As we told you yesterday, Chip Kelly may very well be the leading candidate for Reid’s old position – fat guy who runs an unconventional offense Eagles head coach – but the first team he’ll meet with is the Cleveland Browns, perhaps as early as Friday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The Browns' interview with Oregon offensive wizard Chip Kelly is expected to take place as early as Friday in Arizona, a league source told The Plain Dealer.

But Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, who flew to Arizona on Tuesday to first interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and then Kelly, know they have to move quickly.

That's because the Eagles — Banner's former team — and the Bills have also scheduled interviews with Kelly by the end of the weekend, according to Mike Garofolo of USA Today Sports. Kelly's fourth-ranked Ducks will play No. 5 Kansas State Thursday night in the Fiesta Bowl.

 

I haven’t decided yet if this is going to become one of the more fun stories to cover and read about, or an annoying, rumor-filled saga that drags on for entirely too long. Tracking the whereabouts of NFL mercenaries and executives on a daily basis could prove to be extraordinarily maddening. We’ll see. 

Worst Person in the World Relates “Dead” Rape Victim to Garrett Reid, on Video

Kyle Scott - January 2, 2013

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This kid already wins Worst Person of the Year. It’s January 2.

Back in August, an out of town 16-year-old high school student was raped by football players from Ohio’s Big Red High School. Two players have been charged, but a new video, unearthed by the hacker group Knight Sec and turned over to a site called Local Leaks, shows that at least one other (now former) Big Red football player, Michael Colin Nodianos, was involved. Just moments after the rape, he spent more than 12 minutes bragging about the conquest on video. 

You can learn much more about this awful story at Local Leaks and Deadspin. But I’ll turn your attention to the 12-minute confession after the jump. At one point, around the 2:15 mark, in midst of Nodianos rattling off jokes about how “dead” the rape victim is in the other room (she wasn't), our heel references Garrett Reid: “She’s deader than Andy Reid’s son! [laughs]”

Hi-larious, Mike. You know what else is funny? Jail.

Video after the jump. [Caution: it will send you into a blind rage.]

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Marcus Hayes Blasts Andy Reid

Kyle Scott - January 2, 2013

I am extraordinarily hard on Marcus Hayes and his usually awful, staccato sonnets. But when he writes something worth reading, I’ll happily steer you towards it.

Today, Hayes gets a standing ovation for blasting Andy Reid for the 2012 season. 

An excerpt:

A cataclysmically awful signing; the drug-related death of a nepotistic hire; the insistence by his agent that he could coach in Philadelphia forever; the firing of a loyal, if miscast, lieutenant, and the subsequent, disastrous ascension of an overmatched assistant; the late-game injury to the most valuable player on the team in an unwinnable game; the dismissal of an insubordinate defensive lineman, then his insubordinate position coach.

And, throughout, Reid's pernicious refusal, in defiance of his owner's dictate, to put a congenial face on the franchise he represented.

These things actually happened.

We checked our notes.

What happened Aug. 5 might be the worst thing to happen in Philadelphia sports history.

Reid's oldest child, Garrett Reid, died of a heroin overdose in August at training camp. Garrett, 29, was in employ of the Eagles as a strength coach, despite no qualifications for the job besides bloodlines. He was on property the team leased, actively serving in his capacity as a coach. Steroids and syringes also were found in his room.

In 2007, Garrett went to jail on drug charges. Steroids were in the mix then, too. In 2009 he went back to jail for fighting at a halfway house.

No coach in the NFL has the sort of baggage Garrett Reid carried.

 

Go read.

Oh Don’t Worry, Andy Reid Reportedly Thinks He Can Fix Kevin Kolb

Kyle Scott - January 2, 2013


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And now I'll just wave my hands and fix a terrible quarterback

If Andy Reid is one thing, he’s arrogant. He can fix you. He can make you better. Only he can solve your lack of skill*. So it should come as no surprise that, according to a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Reid’s pitch to the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he will meet tomorrow, will be that he can fix Kevin Kolb, who is terrible. And also who Reid benched in favor of Michael Vick two years ago.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio put it best:

The suggestion that Reid can make Kolb play better than he has in Arizona overlooks a few things.  First, Kolb didn’t play all that well in Philly, once he finally got the chance to start.  Second, Kolb is injury prone, and that’s something no quarterback guru can fix.  Third, Reid’s reported plan is a direct slap at Ken Whisenhunt; if Kolb needs to be “fixed,” it means that Whisenhunt somehow “broke” him.  Fourth, wouldn’t Reid’s better strategy be to claim he can get Mike Vick to come to town, since Vick is the guy Reid chose over Kolb?

 

But don’t worry, Reid can fix him. He can do anything that other coaches can’t do: Run the Wildcat offense. Win with an ex-con running quarterback. Reform Terrell Owens. Draft a firefighter. Win an NFC Championship without a decent wide receiver. Turn an offensive line coach into a master defensive coordinator. Stay in one place for 14 years without winning a Super Bowl.

But before Reid has a chance to fix Kolb, he will meet with the Chiefs, in Philadelphia, today, according to Adam Schefter.

*Yes, we're totally in that stage of the breakup where we rail on the other person for things that didn't even bother us all that much during the relationship. Next comes total avoidance.

Video: Jeffrey Lurie Honors Andy Reid in Front of Eagles Employees (Just an Hour After Firing Him)

Kyle Scott - December 31, 2012

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Jeffrey Lurie fired Andy Reid and then gave him a football today.

The Eagles released video of Lurie giving Reid a game ball for being the winningest coach in Eagles history.

Reid and Lurie stood in front of team employees this morning in the cafeteria at the NovaCare Complex, where the scene looked more like an Employee of the Month celebration than the firing of a football coach.

Said Reid:

“Alright. You guys are way too kind. Way too kind. I have a hard time standing before people without a few boos involved. But I’m taking it. I’m taking it all in. These have been the greatest 14 years of my life. My staff is appreciative. These players that have banked on you guys and the great work that you’ve done is phenomenal. Like Jeffrey said, sometimes change is good, and I know Jeffrey does nothing that isn’t the best for the organization. SoI know the next guy that comes in will be phenomenal. And the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl, right? So everybody in this room, I wish you a big on that finger in the near future. Hail to the Eagles, baby! Alright? Thank you."

 

My, how moving. 

Video here.

Jeffrey Lurie Releases Statement on Garrett Reid Finding

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2012

The Eagles are in full-fledged damage control, doing everything they can to stay ahead of the story that Garrett Reid, who was serving as an unofficial strength and conditioning coach, had 19 vials of steroids and 46 syringes in his dorm room at training camp when he died. 

First, Andy Reid released a statement saying that he’s “confident [Garrett’s] decisions did not affect [the] football team,” a vague denial that Garrett was supplying members of the team with steroids.

Now Jeffrey Lurie, who acknowledged the possibility of an investigation from the NFL, via Reuben Frank:

The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing. It’s clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any. While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man’s life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett’s actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.

The NFL has a rigorous drug testing program for its players. It is a matter of record that none of our players has tested positive for any of the steroids mentioned in the district attorney’s report.

 

And this is how the Andy Reid era is going to end– under a cloud of suspicion that his dead son was supplying the team with steroids. Yeche.

Andy Reid Releases Statement on Garrett Reid Finding

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2012

Andy Reid released on a statement about the news that his son, Garrett, had 19 vials of steroids in his dorm room at Lehigh University when he died. 

That statement, via everywhere:

As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years. While there were some victories along the way, it ultimately was a battle that he lost and that cost him his life. Our family feels the pain of that loss every day.

Today’s report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life. As parents, we were encouraged by his apparent progress but, like many addicts, he was able to conceal the signs of relapse.

Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles organization and the people of Philadelphia have been remarkably supportive of my family throughout our ordeal. I am confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way. I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son’s actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family.

 

That last part, of course, addresses the conclusion that one might draw from an unofficial assistant strength coach of an NFL football team having 19 vials of steroids and 46 syringes at training camp.