Well, here’s an interesting bit of news to come across the wire this afternoon. According to Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times, Andy Reid threatened to walk away from the Eagles after last season if he didn’t gain more personnel control. Farmer speculates that the Eagles bended for Reid, keeping him in place for at least one more year.
Two NFL insiders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said that Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn’t get more personnel control, and now he has it.
Now, we’ve been told all along that Reid has final say over personnel matters, but perhaps that hasn’talways been the case.
Moreover, this news raises a couple of interesting points. Reid was thought to be on the hot seat as the team struggled in 2011, but maybe that wasn’t the case at all. Maybe Reid didn’t fully endorse the slew of big-name free agent signings that failed to pay off for his team last season. Maybe, in the eyes of the organization, Reid was absolved from most of the blame for the 8-8 debacle of a year ago. Maybe.
Still, it was Reid who hired Juan Castillo, and it has been Reid who has failed in the most critical moments on the sideline during his decade-plus long tenure as Eagles coach. We’ve been told by owner Jeffrey Lurie that last year’s results were unacceptable and that if they were duplicated again this year, well, there would be hell to pay–by way of Reid’s job. But given this development, now I’m not so sure that’s the case.
If the Eagles are entrusting Reid with even more control admid intense scrutiny from the fans, it’s fair to assume he has much more rope left than we all thought.
Another interesting revelation from Farmer was that Reid wanted to get into the Peyton Manning sweepstates, but that the talks didn’t get very far because Manning didn’t want to face his brother two times a year. Fine. But the more interesting news is that the Eagles even wanted to pursue manning in the first place, especially considering Michael Vick signed a mega deal just one year ago. Will Reid’s flirtation impact the relationship between Reid and his current quarterback? This remains to be seen.
Reid’s interest in both Robert Griffin III and Manning makes it even more possible that the team could sneak up and draft Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the draft. Is it likely? Probably not. But keep an eye on it. If Reid likes a guy enough, he’s not afraid to pull the trigger. This is Andy Reid’s world–he’s going to do what he wants.