- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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It won't be made publicly official until Monday, but multiple reports, including this one from CSNPhilly.com, say Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has already informed Andy Reid that he will not return to coach the team for a 15th season. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Lurie has not yet had that conversation with Reid but is expected to have it Monday and make an official announcement soon thereafter. And the Eagles are officially denying reports that Reid has been informed of his status.
But we're likely dealing with semantics here about what's official and what's not. Clear signs abound that Reid knew Sunday's 42-7 loss to the New York Giants was his last game as Eagles coach. He had his family with him at the game, which is not his usual practice for road games. And earlier on Sunday, Schefter reported that Reid is trying to put together a coaching staff to have in place if and when he gets offered another head coaching job somewhere else next year. If the Eagles don't have a news conference Monday to announce Reid's firing, it would be a huge surprise.
Reid's 4-12 record this season was his worst as Eagles coach -- one game worse than the 5-11 he put up in his first year in Philadelphia. He finishes with a record of 233-140 (counting playoffs), seven division titles, one NFC championship and nine winning seasons, including six in which the Eagles won at least 11 games. He is unquestionably the best coach the franchise has ever had, though his 12-20 record over his final two seasons will dim his legacy and his failure to win a Super Bowl title is what doomed him in the eyes of Eagles fans.
Where do the Eagles go now? Don't expect a replacement to be announced in the next couple of days. Oregon coach Chip Kelly is thought to be among the candidates, but he's coaching the Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday and likely won't interview until after that game. The Eagles would be allowed this week to interview assistant coaches on other NFL teams whose seasons are over or who have bye weeks -- think Denver's Mike McCoy or Atlanta's Dirk Koetter -- but only Lurie knows the short list for sure. The head coaching decision is the likely the first and most significant decision facing the Eagles in what will be an offseason of transition.