Andy Reid won’t return as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles following the worst season of his 14-year tenure, the Associated Press reported, citing three unidentified people with knowledge of the situation.
Reid will meet with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie today to discuss his future, which may include an advisory role in the front office, one person told AP. Reid is due $6 million in 2013, the final year of his contract, the report said.
“Whatever he chooses will be the right thing,” Reid said of Lurie at a news conference following yesterday’s 42-7 loss to the New York Giants. “He’s always done things for the best interest of the Eagles and I completely understand either way.”
Reid, 54, has the longest tenure of any active National Football League coach, a run that’s produced nine postseason berths without a Super Bowl title. His dismissal would cap a five-month stretch that began with the death of Reid’s oldest son, Garrett, in his dorm room at the Eagles’ training camp from what was later declared a heroin overdose.
The Eagles started this season 3-1 and then lost 11 of their final 12 games, including an eight-game losing skid, to finish 4-12 and in last place in their division.
“We weren’t very good,” Reid said. “Coaching, that’s my responsibility, and playing, which is my responsibility, so I take complete blame for the year. That’s what I get paid to do and we weren’t good enough.”
Reid has led the team to 140 wins, the most for a coach in franchise history. The Eagles won seven division titles under Reid, with five National Football Conference championship game appearances and a Super Bowl loss after the 2004 season.
After an 8-8 record in 2011, Lurie said it was the “most disappointing season since I’ve owned the team,” and that the franchise needed to improve in 2012 for Reid to keep his job.
“I have a lot of respect for Jeff Lurie,” Reid said yesterday. “So I go in eyes wide open. Either way, I understand. That’s how it is, this is the business that I’ve chosen. I’ve been very fortunate to have been here as long as I have and if I’m here again, I’ll love every minute of it. If I’m not, I’ll understand that, too.”