Found August 12, 2012 on Philly Sports World:
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And just like that, we may have a bit controversy in Eagles camp. The Eagles had been having a quiet training camp contract wise. The Eagles did a great job of signing their players and taking care of things so that when they got to camp this year there wouldn’t be any distractions. Coming off of a week in which Andy Reid buried his eldest son and then returned to the team the next day, Reid’s agent Bob LaMonte was in town visiting Eagles camp. Apparently, LaMonte is a quiet man who usually doesn’t grant interviews. What caused him to speak to the press for 20 minutes yesterday is unknown, but he did it. During LaMonte’s comments, he mentioned that on several occasions, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had said that as long as he owned the team, Reid would be the coach of the Eagles. LaMonte also said that Andy Reid had earned the right to decide what he wants to do. To be frank with you, those comments didn’t shock me in the least. I was asked about Reid’s job being in trouble on a recent appearance on a Fox Sports Radio show and I said that I believed that Reid was the coach of this team until he doesn’t want to be. The only thing that shocked me about the comments is that LaMonte chose to make them public. Moments after the quotes made their way through cyberspace, Jeffrey Lurie put out a statement of his own.
Bob is a great agent who we have an outstanding relationship with. As much respect as all of us have for Andy Reid, it is the nature of the profession that all coaches, executives and players are evaluated each year. That’s the way we have always operated. But our focus right now, and I know Andy feels the same way, is solely on the upcoming 2012 season.” Jeffrey Lurie’s statement read.
Sources within the Eagles organization told CSNPhilly that Andy Reid was not in agreement with the comments made by his agent. In other words, Reid believes he should be held accountable if he fails as a coach. Just like he hold be rewarded of he succeeds. LaMonte’s statements don’t sound like anything that Andy Reid would say. Reid has often been accused of being smug with the press, but overall does not strike me as someone who be so cocky as to think he has a job forever. And even if Jeffrey Lurie did tell him as much, I doubt highly that Reid would agree with making those comments public. I don’t think this is the kind of thing that will alter any plans, but it is interesting that this is the time that LaMonte chose to say those things. Reid has two years left on his contract. It will be the first time he enters a season with less than three years left on his deal. My guess, and I’ve maintained this all along, is that if the Eagles get off to a good start (say 3-1 or 4-1) an extension for Reid will be announced in season. Again, the comments probably shouldn’t have been made public, as it takes away any leverage that Lurie has with the fans and the coach. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he said what LaMonte said he did. Similar Posts:
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