Feelings about Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid vary wildly among Eagles fans and can be a topic of contentious debate. Some feel that Reid simply does have what it takes to get the team the Lombardi trophy the franchise has long awaited. Others look at Reid’s overall winning record with the Eagles and their frequent playoff appearances and seven division titles as proof that Reid has been a success and is the right coach for this team.
Regardless of which side you find yourself, if you are a fan of the team you were disgusted with much of what you saw in the 2011 season. How could all of the that talent on Philadelphia’s roster do so little?
Frustrations boiled over in late November when the Eagles put in a humiliating performance in the Week 12 38-20 loss at home against the Patriots. Philadelphia fans had had it and let their feelings be known. And heard. “Fire Andy” chants filled the stadium.
Reid appeared on “Rome” with Jim Rome and was asked if he had heard the chants and his reaction them.
“I didn’t hear it at the moment but I was well aware of it afterwards, and I could understand it. We were stinking the place up, and we were not doing a good job, so I take full responsibility for that. That’s the way it is. I’m lucky to have an owner who believes in me and trusts in me and allowed me to stay here another year and get this thing rolling and have another opportunity at it.”
The Eagles head coach was then asked about the sentiment that his job is on the line if his team doesn’t perform significantly better in 2012.
“It’s not about Andy. It’s about the Philadelphia Eagles and the football team. So that would be very selfish of me to think about it that way.”
It’s a great response, but will it translate to a better team in the upcoming season?
Reid was also asked about a key component in the success of the Birds in 2012, quarterback Mike Vick.
“[Vick] has set the tempo of the offseason. He has set the standard for players…if you have that kind of player, that kind of leadership, that kind of loyalty, you’re in good hands.”
That’s what we’re hoping.
You can watch the full interview below. Reid was, of course, asked about Jason Babin’s plans to run with the bulls and had an amusing response.