Philadelphia Eagles reporters are no longer allowed to watch practices on Thursday and Friday, head coach Andy Reid informed the media members.
The guidelines will now be the same as Wednesday, meaning reporters will be allowed to watch the first 10 minutes of practice. But once individual drills start, they will need to leave.
Reid said that he researched trends and noticed that 27 of the teams did not allow their reporters at practices. Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer said that the number was actually 25. But regardless, the Eagles were one of the rare teams to allow their reporters access to practices.
The reason why?
Reid didn’t want the media giving away specific plays, formations, alignments, or depth chart changes. He didn’t mention anyone ruining anything for another team but he did say that the advent of the social media era, notably Twitter, makes it a lot easier for reporters to accidentally ruin team tendencies.
“My No. 1 priority here is to win football games and put the best product on the field,” Reid said. “Just to minimize any of the competitive advantages that take place, I want to do this.”
“It’s changed over time, between Twitter and just the whole instant messaging, everything is right now,” Reid added. “I just want to make sure I’m staying up with that. It’s not about you (reporters), it’s about how we are in the NFL right now.”
If I had to guess, I would say that last week’s reporting of the expected linebackers shuffle might have had something to do with Reid’s decision. The Eagles coach denied this, but if you notice, Reid had said that all six linebackers were expected to rotate in week one, yet three of the six barely played at all.
Reid added the following message to his reporters: “You guys are the best in the business. You can put things together. I just want to minimize any competitive advantage any other team can possibly have.”
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