Jun 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid addresses the media after practice during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Very few people are as tapped into the NFL as ESPN's Adam Schefter, which is why is recent response to a question about Andy Reid should be of interest to Eagles fans.
When asked about Reid's job security, Schefter basically said he doesn't think Jeffery Lurie will fire Reid. Ever.
Here is his exact answer:
"My belief is that Reid will stay on in that job as long as he wants. Jeffery Lurie will not fire him. When the time comes for Reid to go, whenever that is, it will be because he opts to go."
This is an interesting observation on many levels.
First, reports surfaced this past offseason that Reid was already planning his exit strategy. By all accounts it was because he wanted more power- which the Eagles eventually gave him. But Schefter in a round about way backs up the idea that has begun to float around Philadelphia- that Reid could leave on his own, even if the Eagles don't want him to. If he can win a power struggle with Joe Banner, he can win a power struggle with anyone.
It is also interesting that Schefter says he does not believe Lurie will ever fire Reid. Many fans thought Lurie was close to firing the longtime coach in his end of season press conference, only to announce Big Red would be back for another season.
Would Lurie ever pull the plug on Reid? It's hard to say. My feeling from being around the Eagles is that Reid has about as much job security as an employee could have. The players play hard for him, the coaches admire him, and he keeps things in order at the NovaCare Complex. You would be hard pressed to find anyone to say something bad about Reid in the Eagles organization. Does that mean he will never be replaced? I would not go that far, but Schefter sure feels confident enough to do so.
Lurie knows Reid built this team to what it is. While the Eagles have suffered some losing seasons under Reid, he keeps the team contending- which for Lurie, means more money, more public interest and a better chance to finally win the Super Bowl.
So while it will likely upset some fans, it appears that Reid- at least according to Schefter- will be here as long as he wants.
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