August 9, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid shown on the field prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
If there is one thing that has been very clear about the Eagles since Andy Reid took over the team, it is that if there is one way to make sure you don't get what you want, it is try to get it through talking to the media.
Which is why it was so surprising to see Reid's agent, Bob LaMonte, speaking to anyone who would listen yesterday about how Reid is going to be an Eagle for life.
"I don't think there's any pressure for him to do any more than he has the year before or the year before that," said LaMonte. "Lurie has stated again and again, any time I've been with him that as long as he's the owner of the Eagles Andy Reid would be his coach. And I'd say the proof of the pie is in the pudding. He's been here 14 years."
While they may be true, you have to wonder what LaMonte thought he had to gain by showing up at Lehigh and declaring his client basically untouchable. We'll never know how close Reid really was to being fired this past offseason, but Lurie sure spent some time making sure we thought it was at least considered.
Lurie has tried to convince fans that if Reid does not produce this year, he will be gone. Not many believe him, but hearing LaMonte say Reid is under no pressure had to rub Lurie the wrong way.
Here is what Lurie had to say about LaMonte's comments:
"Bob is a great agent who we have an outstanding relationship with," Lurie said. "As much respect as all of us have for Andy Reid, it is the nature of the profession that all coaches, executives and players are evaluated each year. That's the way we have always operated. But our focus right now, and I know Andy feels the same way, is solely on the upcoming 2012 season."
Needless to say, it is now being reported that Reid was not very happy about his agent even bringing up the subject of his contract to the media. Here is what an "unnamed team official" to had say about it to Reuben Frank of Comcast Sports Net:
"Reid doesn't feel that way. He believes he should be accountable, just like everybody else. He feels like he has to earn it every year, every day, every practice."
In the past, the Eagles have made it pretty clear that if a player is looking for a new deal, the only way to get it is to show up and produce. Reid is at camp, but he has not produced in some time- which makes LaMontes timing questionable, and really goes against everything Andy Reid has tried to build.
Last year the Eagles would not even allow Drew Rosenhaus on the field, forcing him to the stands, and not letting media close to him.
The rules, however, appear to be different when it comes to Reid's agent and his desire to send a message through the media.
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