Multiple sources have confirmed that head coach Andy Reid met with players and other members of the Eagles organization this morning in what was described as an emotional meeting in which tears were shed to inform them that he’ll no longer be coach of the team. In the wake of running back LeSean McCoy’s comments yesterday in which he called Reid one of the top five coaches in the NFL, that sentiment was echoed by some of his teammates on Monday.
Quarterback Nick Foles, who Reid drafted in the third round of last April’s draft, noted the team’s “love” for Reid.
“We all love the man,” he said.
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans and LeSean McCoy both described the scene as emotional.
“It was definitely emotional,” McCoy said. Ryans confirmed there was a standing ovation.
Meanwhile wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and McCoy both had some interesting comments about the events that led to Reid’s firing and what needs to happen moving forward. “I could see where some of the new guys didn’t buy into it anymore,” he said via 97.5 The Fanatic’s Matt Lombardo. “I think we’re a talented group. Team unity wasn’t there this year. We have to respect each other. [A] Lack of respect effected the guys and that makes you less inclined to play for each other.”
He continued by questioning the team’s overall professionalism.
“Guys who have been in this league and should understand how to be a pro didn’t act that way.”
Meanwhile, McCoy, an All-Pro in 2011, was also critical of his teammates.
“Certain guys with big money contracts didn’t lay it on the line,” he said.