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Friday, March 27, 2009
Ex-Eagle TE Smith sounds off on Reid

By Dan Graziano

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Now for something completely different: A former Eagles player doesn't think Andy Reid is an effective communicator.


As Jerry Jones would say, L.J. Smith doesn't think Reid has great "people skills." Here's what Smith said on Sporting News Radio:

"There were a lot of things that I felt like should have been handled differently," Smith said. "You know, there were a couple of times where coach should have came up to me and told me what was going on and how he was looking at things and how he was handling situations and what direction he wanted to go, but it didn't happen like that.

"As a player, you never want to hear things through the media. Everyone's wrong, and everyone obviously had to do the right thing to get to this point in the NFL, and you just want to be treated like that. You want to be treated like a man before an athlete. I think a lot of times in the NFL, coaches forget that. They're so involved with the numbers and schemes, and they forget how to approach a player, and I just felt like a couple of times throughout the season last year, there were a couple of coaches who forgot that."

Much, much more to come.