After 14 seasons as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid will be formally dismissed on Monday during a press conference at the Nova Care Complex. While it has long been speculated that Reid would be out at the end of the season, reports after Sunday’s debacle at MetLife Stadium surfaced suggesting that Reid was notifed by team owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday that he would not return for the final year of his contract.
Reid, the winningest coach in franchise history, watched a team with great expectations–completely fold this season in what resulted as a disastrous 4-12 campaign. With Lurie’s declaration that nothing short of a postseason trip would be deemed acceptable in 2012, it was obvious as early as October that Reid was likely on the way out. That will become official on Monday.
While Eagles team officials downplayed the numerous reports suggesting Reid will be let go, multiple sources confirm that the coach who was hired in 1999 to replace Ray Rhodes has indeed coached his last game in Philadelphia.
While Reid uttered his usual sentiments about being “all in” in 2013, he conceded that he understood a change may take place.
“Either way, I understand. Whatever he chooses will be the right thing. He always does things for the best interests of the Eagles,” Reid said.
After his team which was considered a preseason favorite to win the NFC posted a 4-12 mark, it appears that parting with Reid may indeed be in the best interest of the team.