It’s not often that you get big Philadelphia Eagles insider news out of the Los Angeles Times, but it seems that there are some nuggets in today’s edition that will be quite interesting for Birds fans.
Sam Farmer cites two NFL sources – who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the situation – who say that Andy Reid was prepared to walk away from the Eagles this past offseason if he didn’t get more control.
Oh…where do I start?
There has definitely been some confusion in the last couple years about the actual power structure within the Eagles organization (from an outsiders perspective, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt that there is no internal confusion…I hope). Many said that Reid had lost a lot of his juice and wasn’t making all the decisions anymore. Howie Roseman is the general manager, but how much say does he have in actual football decisions? And where is Joe Banner in all of this? And who has the ultimate final ruling? I’ve spoken to several people who cover the team and asked them about who has final say at this point. No one really had an answer.
So, many assumed that it was Reid, because that’s how it used to be and other in the front office like Roseman have maintained that Reid still had final say. So, he’d be the one to largely blame for the absolute debacle that was the 2011 season. He’d be the one with his head on the chopping block, only to be saved by Jeffrey Lurie at the last minute. Well, according to this report, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Maybe Andy was cooking dinner in 2011 with groceries that someone else bought, and he was tired of falling short for it. It’s possible that Andy was tired of taking flack for things that he knew internally he had no control over.
So now, according to the report, Andy has more control over personnel now. Could this be a reason for re-signing so many of the Eagles own players? Does this have anything to do with a DeSean Jackson deal getting done? I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
There is another interesting little piece of information in the Times article that Michael Vick fans might not appreciate. Reid wanted in on the Peyton Manning sweepstakes several weeks ago, but his interest chilled when he found out that Peyton had no interest in playing his little brother twice a year. I guess there must be a lot of outs in that $100 million contract that Vick has.