According to a report by Andy Reid’s agent, Bob LaMonte, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach has been told that by owner Jeffrey Lurie that he can remain the team’s head coach as long as he wants.
“This man has earned the right to decide what he wants to do,” LaMonte said. “And he may well decide he doesn’t want to coach [beyond 2013] and Jeffrey may decide he doesn’t want to hire him, but I can just tell you Jeffrey Lurie has told me on any occasion I’ve ever been with him, as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy will be his coach. Now, if you know something else, tell me, because I should probably know.
“[Lurie] has stated again and again, any time that I’ve been with him, that was as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid would be his coach,” LaMonte said. “And I’d say the proof of the pie is in the pudding. He’s been here 14 years.”
This is interesting because it basically means that Lurie’s threat to fire Reid following the dismal 2011 season, in which the Eagles purchased a number of high-profile free agents yet failed to reach the playoffs, was meaningless.
Reid currently has just two years remaining on his contract, which expires after the 2013 season, and it is widely believed around the league that the 54-year old head coach will be fired if he does not lead the Eagles into the playoffs, and possibly deep, this season.
LaMonte says that it is basically just a formality for the Eagles and Reid to agree to a long-term contract extension.
“When someone’s been at a place for 14 years, that’s almost getting to a degree where that’s between he and the owner,” LaMonte said. “It isn’t like they don’t know each other. In all honesty, the last time, that was simply something that got done … very quickly and very easily.”
In his 13 seasons as the head coach for the Eagles, Reid has had just two losing seasons. He’s reached the playoffs in nine seasons, advancing to the NFC championship game five times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.