Let the criticism and speculation begin. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has closed practices to the media. In the short time since this announcement, rumors have been running rampant as to Reid’s impetus behind this move. Some are going so far as to say that it is because the organization realizes quarterback Michael Vick’s skills are declining so rapidly that the team wants to give backup Nick Foles reps with the first team offense. People are even reaching to draw a correlation between Reid and previous coach Rick Kotite, as he was the last Eagles coach to close practices. It’s good to know that Philly fans never overreact to anything or making ridiculous leaps in logic at the drop of a hat.
Reid’s explanation for the move seems to make significantly more sense. “My number 1 priority here is to win football games and to put the best product on the field. Just to minimize any of the competitive advantages that take place, I want to do this.” Fair enough. He went on to indicate that social media played a major role in his decision. “It’s changed over time, between Twitter and just the whole instant messaging, everything is right now. 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.”
Andy’s reasoning seems completely understandable. Information can be disseminated via social media in an instant, and it is very hard to eliminate that information once it is put on the internet for the world to see. Winning should be the priority of the team, and Reid seems to be taking every step necessary to ensure that he puts the team in the best possible position to achieve its goals.
It’s not as if Philadelphia is the first team to close practices to the media; in fact, they are the 26th team to do so. However, because this happened in Philadelphia, speculation and criticism will continue to swirl from the fans and media alike.