FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Since the Philadelphia Eagles traded him to the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel has, at times, taken personally comments attributed to Eagles coach Andy Reid about him and struck back.
With the teams set to meet Sunday in Philadelphia, Reid set the record straight in a conference call with Atlanta media. Of particular note was a July 20 blog post in the Philadelphia Inquirer that read, "Reid thought (Samuel) was in steep decline and that his style no longer suited the scheme."
As for the "steep decline" comments, Reid emphatically denied them and cited Samuels 79-yard interception return for a touchdown against Oakland in Week 6.
"I didnt feel that way," Reid said. "So, I mean, and its obvious. You saw the interception he had. He had to run more than 10 yards to score that touchdown and he looked pretty fast doing it. That's not how I felt, no.
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