NFL Films Presents: Andy Reid

As requested by Wormburn,

It starts off by saying:

Andy Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history.

Andy Reid was hired in 1999 as the Eagles head coach. He came from Green Bay where he coached the TE’s and later QB’s, including good ol’ Brett Favre.

As the new head coach of the Eagles, Andy’s first games were very rough. It took 4 games of getting their asses kicked before anything positive happened. Going through such a rough start had Andy hiding under his desk from the media and fans. With the help of Parcells, Andy was able to eventually crawl out and stand tall.

When Andy was growing up in LA, he worked for a meat market that catered in Hollywood. Andy: "I was in charge of the sweet and sour meatballs. You could only have 3. If John Wayne asks for more, no, there are 3 sweet and sour meatballs. If you’re Wilt Chamberlain, you can get as many meatballs as you want".

With the 2nd pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select Donovan McNabb, QB from Syracuse University. Andy drafted McNabb when everyone wanted Ricky Williams. This was just the beginning of many stubborn decisions by Andy Reid.

With a record of 0-4, the Eagles were losing to the Cowboys while being shut out without a first down.  All you heard from the fans were McNabb! McNabb! But Andy refused to play him. Andy didn’t play Donovan in fear that he would ruin him. "Until the offensive line is solidified, that is the first time I will consider playing him". Not only did Andy survive the game, but they rallied and beat the Cowboys 10-13.

Reid was patient with McNabb and rebuilt the team around him. The eagles went from 5-11 in 1999, to 11-5 in 2000, and Andy won ‘Coach of the Year’.

In college, Reid played guard and tackle for BYU. Also, he was one big motherfuckin’ 12 year old. Andy: "I was a big kid".

Andy has been a huge success in Philadelphia: 5 division titles, a 2004 trip to the Super Bowl, and a winning percentage 2nd only to Bill Belichick among active coaches. But many hate Reid for his shortcomings: 4 NFC Championship losses, poor clock management, and an unbalanced pass-happy offense. Andy Reid is a tremendous coach and, yet, he is public enemy #1 because he hasn’t been able to win a Super Bowl.
Andy strongly believes in being brief. "I bring a 3x5 into every meeting. If I can’t get it on that 3x5 card, you’re not hearing it".

No matter how close Reid is to his players, he will never keep one past his prime. In the last 3 years, he’s said good-bye to long-time Eagles Tra Thomas, Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook, and Donovan McNabb. "The moment you enter the NFL you have to realize, you are like a carton of milk. You have an expiration date".

Trading McNabb to the Redskins was nowhere near as controversial as signing Michael Vick, who spent 18 months in prison for dog-fighting. "He was going through the same situation my boys were going through at the same time".

In January 2007, two of Reid’s five children were arrested on the same day. One, for gun-related road rage. The other, for an accident while driving under the influence.

"What do you think is the biggest misconception about Andy Reid?"
Andy: "Well, I weigh over 250 pounds. No. I think the biggest misconception is the guy doesn’t have a personality. They probably think I’m as cold at the press conferences as I am with the players and my coaches, and that is not how you operate".

Now for a brief summary of Andy’s speeches:
"Injuries! I've got to do a better job of putting them into a position to win, (throat clear), (mumble mumble), I take responsibility. (mumble) We've got to do a better job there, Blah, blah, (throat clear) blah…and more recently, Kevin Vick is the starting QB, err I mean Michael Kolb…I'm just a chubby head coach who is a happy guy".

That’s all folks!

Tl;dr- Andy Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history. He was big as shit for a 12 year old. And he’s a chubby happy guy.

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