Sources: Eagles to fire Andy Reid
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andy Reid is out after 14 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, league sources have confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Reid Was Eagles' Best
Since Andy Reid's arrival in Philadelphia in 1999 the Eagles have 130 regular-season wins, the NFL's sixth-highest total in that span. Philadelphia also has 10 postseason wins, third-most since 1999, and six division titles, also third-most, under their former coach.
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Reid and team owner Jeffrey Lurie were scheduled to meet Monday, and a team official insisted to ESPN that Reid has yet to be informed that he will be fired.
Another Eagles source told ESPN that Lurie and Reid met Friday, but the Eagles' owner did not inform him at that time that he would be let go.
"I go in eyes wide open," Reid said after Sunday's loss dropped the Eagles to a 4-12 season. "Either way, I understand. Whatever he chooses will be the right thing. He always does things for the best interests of the Eagles."
CSNPhilly.com and The Associated Press earlier reported that Reid would be out as coach, with the AP citing three sources familiar with the decision after Sunday's 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants.
Asked if he wants to return in 2013, Reid said: "I'm all in."
Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. He said he wants to coach next year, but it's possible Lurie could persuade him to take a year off and perhaps help out in the front office in an "advisory" role.
Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko denied several reports that Lurie has already fired Reid, saying it's "absolutely, 100 percent" untrue.
Sources told ESPN that Reid is preparing to coach elsewhere next season in case he is no longer with the Eagles.
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He has been calling around the league, trying to put together a coaching staff, so that if and when he is let go in Philadelphia, he will be ready to resume coaching for another franchise next season.
Some around the league have wondered whether Reid would be a fit back in California, where he grew up, but the San Diego Chargers are planning to go in other directions than Reid, according to league sources.
Although he is not expected to be a candidate with the Chargers, Reid could wind up as a candidate in Jacksonville if the Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey or in Arizona if the Cardinals part ways with coach Ken Whisenhunt.
The 54-year-old Reid, who was hired to coach the Eagles in 1999, is 130-93-1 in 14 seasons with the franchise.
Under Reid, the Eagles have made nine playoff appearances, won six division titles, played in five NFC Championship Games and lost one Super Bowl.
After Sunday's game, players said they expect changes, but continued to support Reid.
"He's a great man and I love him to death," said quarterback Michael Vick, who could've played his last game with the Eagles. "I wish I could've done more. A lot of players wish they could've done more. Coaches can't play the games."Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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