No head coach in Philadelphia Eagles history has enjoyed more success than Andy Reid.
But it was Reid's failure to win a Super Bowl and a 4-12 record in 2012 that led to Monday morning's ouster.
Reid's firing after 14 seasons as head coach was announced on the team's web site. The dismissal was expected many weeks ago as the Eagles spiraled following a 3-1 start.
"Andy is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in a team-released statement. "But it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon and we are very excited about the future."
Reid entered the season under pressure after Lurie told Eagles media that a second straight 8-8 season would be unacceptable. Player injuries, especially along the offensive line, and Reid's regrettable staff and personnel decisions proceeded to derail playoff aspirations.
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