In response to an earlier report from Sam Famer of The LA Times, Eagles head coach Andy Reid says he wasn’t going anywhere.
“As far as personnel control, I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here, and that’s never been an issue or a point of contention,” Reid said via a team press release. “Our front office works very well together and that’s one of our strengths.”
Farmer hinted that the team’s re-signing of Trent Cole, Todd Herremans, and Evan Mathis, and DeSean Jackson came in the wake of Reid demanding more control over such personnel decisions.
As far as Farmer’s insinuation that the Eagles were interested in Peyton Manning? Reid predictably brushed the suggestion aside.
“We look into everything, as all teams do,” Reid said in the statement. “And I have the highest regard for Peyton Manning. But as I said publicly last month, that wasn’t the direction we were heading in. Michael (Vick) is our guy.”
Les Bowen chimed in on the situation in a piece on the subject earlier this afternoon. Here’s what he had to say.
I’ve perceived a bit of Banner-Reid friction ever since Banner’s comments after the 2010 season about Reid needing to win the Super Bowl to get another contract, to replace the one that now has two years left. I interviewed Reid’s agent, Bob LaMonte, last August for a story about the pressure facing the coach. LaMonte really, really didn’t like Banner’s implication. In fact, he said he felt the next move for Reid would be to add a title like “team president.” That would be Banner’s title.
But it also needs to be said that while Roseman and Reid have been in the spotlight, and Banner has kept an extremely low public profile lately, Reid has given no hint of dissatisfaction with anything, on or off the record, at least to us locals.
This might be a non-story, but I’m sure the Eagles aren’t thrilled that they have to respond to such reports in the midst of the team’s positive publicity.