As a die-hard Eagles fan, you may look back at Andy Reid’s run as the Birds head coach and think about nothing, but all those heart-aching losses in the NFC Championship games and that disappointing 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
You may have been bothered by Reid’s news conference and the way he cleared his throat all the time during the question and answer segments. Reid’s constant answer of “I’ve got to put my guys in better position to make plays” may have made you so angry that you were cheering when Reid got fired.
Despite all of your bad memories of the Reid’s tenure here in Philadelphia, it doesn’t change what Reid accomplished and what Jeffrey Lurie remembers. Nine of his fourteen years in Philadelphia, Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances and five NFC Championship games. That’s an amazing run.
Think about the fact that during that period of time, Lurie’s football team increased its value to $2.4 billion dollars. He bought the team in 1994 for $195 million and now it’s worth that astronomical sum. Lurie realizes that Reid is probably more responsible for the success of his organization than anybody.
If Lurie could, he would rehire Reid, but he can’t do that, so he’s leaning toward hiring the guy he believes in Andy Reid 2.0 in Doug Pederson. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator knows Reid’s version of the West Coast offense through and through. I’m sure he has Reid’s notebook and what to say to a team after a tough loss. He knows how Reid reacts after close wins and blowout wins.
Peterson has seen Reid’s people skills with young, challenging players like DeSean Jackson and rookie first round draft pick Marcus Peters, who was Red-Flagged by much of the NFL. One NFL GM said he wanted no part of Peters. Chip Kelly wanted no part of Peters, but Reid was able to coach him to a great rookie season with eight interceptions.
Like Reid, Pederson learned from Super Bowl Championship coach Mike Holmgren in Green Bay and he’s spent over a decade learning from Andy.
By the way, don’t think the fact that Reid is again in the playoffs and on a run escapes Lurie attention, while the Chip Kelly-led Eagles were self-destructing. Reid, who oversaw a trade with the 49ers for a quarterback, Alex Smith, and have helped him develop into a quality performer.
I think Lurie is hopeful that Pederson can oversee the development of Sam Bradford with Reid just a phone call away. I could see them keeping Pat Shurmur around for the project as well because he knows the West Coast offense and he’s got a great relationship with Bradford.
Lurie has said numerous times that a franchise quarterback is the most valuable item on a Championship football team. I think they may feel that they have their guy and only need to develop him.