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In case you were wondering, Lurie backs Andy

The NFL is holding its fall owners meetings this year in Philadelphia, and Jeff Lurie was cornered outside of the Westin hotel and asked whether he's still confident in his coach.

"He's one of the best coaches in the league," Lurie said during a lunch break at the NFL fall owners meeting at the Westin Hotel in Center City. "If you interviewed the 31 other owners here and Andy was out there on the market, they would be lining up [to hire him]."

We have an excellent coach with an excellent coaching staff," Lurie said. "I'm surprised and very disappointed by the start we're off to. But we have excellent [coaching] leadership.

Last year was a great example of that. Very few coaches could've rallied their team after losing their quarterback and being 5-6. But we came within a whisker of the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in 6 years. That sort of says it all [about Reid] to me.

Lurie said he doesn't pay much attention to the criticism of Reid by either the media or fans.

"You see that in every city in the country," he said. "It's the nature of the world we live in today.

"If [Boston Red Sox manager] Terry Francona hadn't made it past the first round of the playoffs, they'd be saying, 'Oh, we need a real manager. A much better manager.' The guy's only on the verge of winning a second world championship in 4 years. Next year, you'll hear it again if they don't get past the first round . . .

"When you know what you have, and what you have is very, very good, you support the people through the ups and downs."

The fact is that he's right. If the Eagles got rid of Andy at the end of this year he'd have his pick of several head coaching jobs.

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