Eagles, Reid agree to 3-year contract extension
On the day he signed a new contract, Andy Reid joked about his
The usually stoic coach has plenty of reasons to be happy, and
it’s not because he can afford his own cheesesteak joint. Despite
failing to win a Super Bowl in his first 10 seasons with the
Philadelphia Eagles, Reid got a three-year extension through
“He has all the ingredients: leadership, football knowledge,
the ability to gain the respect of everybody that he works with,
especially the players, assembling the staff,” owner Jeffrey Lurie
“Every ingredient you could possibly look for, including a
phenomenal track record of getting very far and if you don’t get
very far you have no chance. I am extremely confident that we have
a great opportunity going forward.”
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Reid reportedly will earn
between $5 and $6 million per season.
“I’m a piece of the puzzle here, and by my waist size I’m a big
piece, but in reality I’m just a piece of the puzzle,” Reid said.
“I love Philadelphia. The fans, there is nothing like them. They
have just been unbelievable. They’re fair. If we stink, they let us
know we stink, if we’re doing OK, they let us know we’re doing OK,
but they’re always there. That support is phenomenal, absolutely
Reid is the winningest coach in team history, leading the Eagles
to the playoffs seven times with five trips to the NFC title game
and one Super Bowl appearance in 10 seasons. The Eagles are 8-4
heading into Sunday’s game at the New York Giants and in solid
position to make another postseason run.
Since joining the team in 1999, Reid has won 115 games and
compiled a .611 winning percentage, both best in Eagles
Reid took over a franchise that was considered a laughingstock
in the NFL a decade ago. He inherited a team that was 3-13 a season
earlier and quickly turned them into perennial contenders. Reid
selected quarterback Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in
the 1999 draft, a crucial piece in the rebuilding process.
The Eagles improved to 5-11 in their first season under Reid
then went 11-5 a year later and made the playoffs five straight
“It’s well-deserved for him,” McNabb said. “I’m happy for
him. It was a great move for them. He’s a great coach.”
Though he’s one of the most successful coaches in the NFL, Reid
has drawn criticism from fans because the team hasn’t won a Super
Bowl. The closest the Eagles got was a 24-21 loss to the New
England Patriots following the 2004 season.
“Our No. 1 priority by far is to win a Super Bowl,” Lurie
said. “One of the reasons for the contract is the obsession and
prioritization of that.
“Does he have that burning desire to take it one more step to
win a Super Bowl? This man here has a tremendous burning desire and
obsession and will do nothing short of every attempt
The Eagles have reached the NFC championship game four other
times, including three straight losses before their Super Bowl
appearance. The Eagles also reached the conference title game last
season, losing 32-25 to the Arizona Cardinals.
“I would say very simply that that’s where all of my energy
goes and the players’ and the coaches’ energy goes,” Reid said of
winning a Super Bowl
Reid took a leave of absence during the offseason in 2007 after
two of his sons were arrested on drug charges.
One son is out of prison after completing a drug treatment
program and the other is serving a two-year sentence after pleading
guilty to smuggling prescription pills into a county jail.
Asked how he avoids getting burned out from coaching, Reid made
another joke about his sizable waist line.
“I have a lot to burn off, so I have a lot of energy stored in
this body,” he said. “I still love what I’m doing. I can’t say I
love press conferences, but I love everything else about it, and so
I don’t feel I’m at that point. If I ever get to that point, I’ll
be the first to raise my hand and stop coaching football.”