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

said Wednesday.

“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.”