The Eagles announced the end of Andy Reid's 14-year tenure of head coach on Monday morning.
"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”
Lurie added that the search for a new coach would begin immediately. The Eagles finished with a 4-12 record in 2012, the worst record in Reid’s 14 seasons. He was the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL.
Reid leaves the Eagles with a record of 140-102-1 and a 10-9 postseason record, which included a trip to the Super Bowl following the 2004 season.
The way we see it
Reid departure is not stunning, as it had been speculated for weeks amid an extended losing streak that reached eight at one point. The reasons why Lurie fired Reid are myriad, but they can be boiled down in a sense to Reid’s handing of the defensive coaching staff and the failure of the Michael Vick experiment.
Reid struggled to handle his defensive coaches following the retirement of longtime defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, first promoting Sean McDermott and then firing him after two seasons at the post. McDermott then was replaced by former OL coach Juan Castillo, a radical move. Castillo never had coached defense on the pro level, and Reid supplemented him with famed DL coach Jim Washburn, who had an excellent reputation for his work in Tennessee. But the coaches clashed and Castillo’s work was undermined. Washburn was reportedly a disruptive force and it caused Reid eventually to get rid of both.
The addition of Vick, like the Castillo hiring, was very controversial in 2009 following Vick’s jail term on dogfighting charges. But Reid appeared to be a genius when Vick rose from third-string QB to starter following the trade of Donovan McNabb and the injury to Kevin Kolb. Vick played at an MVP level the first half of the 2010 season and guided the Eagles into the playoffs, where they lost to the Packers.
Reid’s failure to win in the postseason in recent years also clearly hurt him. His final postseason victory was a 23-20 victory over the Giants following the 2006 season. The Eagles qualified for the playoffs twice after that but lost their initial game. Eagles fans grew tired not only of the one-and-done trend but later the team’s failure to get into the postseason dance at all.
Although Lurie and Reid shared a close bond since he was hired in 1999, the owner believed he had to make a move. It’s expected that GM Howie Roseman, who earned a five-year extension in the offseason, will remain in his post in a modified front-office structure. Lurie and Roseman, along with team president Don Smolenski, will help spearhead the search for Reid’s replacement. Many have said the Eagles' braintrust already has done weeks of preparation on this front.