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Andy Reid Blames NFL Network, Says DeSean Jackson Was ‘All In’

Maybe Andy Reid thinks it is in his best interest to defend his players while he is coaching for his job, but who is he trying to fool? Earlier today we told you about DeSean Jackson’s antics after Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks. Anyone who was watching the game knows Jackson gave up and turned into a complete malcontent.  Despite DeSean looking like a six-year-old on the sidelines and being short with reporters after the game, Reid says he was fully invested in winning the game.

“DeSean, I’m going to tell you now, DeSean was all in that game,” Reid said during his Friday press conference according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “He had a great attitude during that game, and you can take a camera and make some things look the way you want to make them look, but that kid was all in last night, and I was proud of him for that.”

Reid added that he was “very, very disappointed” in the way the NFL Network portrayed his disgruntled receiver during the game.  He also said Jackson’s lack of production has been the result of teams zeroing in on him because he is such an offensive threat.

Anyone who was watching the game saw Jackson give up on a number of plays and not even look toward Vince Young on one particular play when Young was trying to get the ball to him deep down the field.  Considering Reid also insisted he could not hear the “fire Andy” chants that were raining down on him last weekend, it’s not surprising to hear that he is looking the other way with the Jackson situation.  After all, both could be on their way out the door within a couple of months.

H/T to Pro Football Talk for passing along the story.

Andy Reid Claims He Didn’t Hear the ‘Fire Andy’ Chants

Philadelphia Eagles fans have officially run out of patience. They began the year with visions of a Pro Bowl-caliber Michael Vick leading them to the Super Bowl and are going to end it with an 8-8 record if they’re lucky. The 2011 Eagles were labeled the “Dream Team” coming into the season and have since fallen flat on their face.  Naturally, somebody has to take the blame.  Philly fans decided to make that somebody Andy Reid by chanting, “Fire Andy!” during Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Patriots.

The chant was clear enough to hear perfectly on the television broadcast, but according to the Providence Journal Reid insists he didn’t pick up on it.

“You don’t hear a lot down there on the sideline,” Reid said. “I didn’t hear it. The way we played I understand it.”

Maybe Reid is the problem.  Maybe he isn’t.  Known as one of the biggest players’ coaches in the league, it is possible that Reid has lost his locker room and Philadelphia needs more of an authoritarian leader to handle guys like DeSean Jackson.  The Eagles have been to the NFC championship several times during Reid’s tenure but never been able to get over the hump.  Expectations have never been higher than they were coming into this season, and this isn’t the first time Philly fans have called for the head coach’s departure.  While I don’t believe Reid is the problem in Philadelphia, perhaps a change is in order for this team to take the next step.

Andy Reid Wears Jason Mask for Halloween (Picture)

Andy Reid can afford to joke around after the beatdown his team put on the Cowboys Sunday night. The Eagles coach, who’s now 13-0 following byes, showed up for an interview with PhiladelphiaEagles.com Monday wearing a Jason mask for Halloween. If anyone should have a mask on it’s Michael Vick. The guy dressed up as a Hall of Fame quarterback Sunday. He was nearly flawless.

Andy Reid: Rams Brought More Than we Could Handle

The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13 Sunday in their season opener. The final score indicates it was a blowout, but the game was actually close the first half. A big reason why the Eagles didn’t run away with things early is because of the pressure the Rams’ defense put on quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick was 14-32 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Many of his throws went for large chunks, but overall he was on the run for much of the game. He was sacked three times and hit 11 times according to ESPN, but he did run for 98 yards. Perhaps that’s why he said he played lights out. For anyone who watched the game, you noticed that the Eagles offensive line struggled. Philly head coach Andy Reid said after the game that was a tribute to St. Louis.

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Kevin Kolb: Players Cry in Andy Reid’s Office and He Protects Them

Kevin Kolb spoke with guest host Howard Eskin on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and said he’s not expecting to be with the Eagles after the lockout ends. Kolb said playing for Arizona would be nice, and Eskin insisted Kolb would be be traded there (he must read LBS). In addition to the talk of Kolb’s future, there was another interesting nugget shared during the interview. Kolb depicted Reid as quite the players’ coach.

“I have seen him take the bullet for so many players that the media had no idea about, that the fans had no idea about,” Kolb said. “He sat up there and took up for his player, and the player is in his office crying in a tough situation, and Andy’s just sitting there with a shield on taking bullets for him.

“So he puts himself in those situations, but there’s a reason he does it, and that’s how he gets respect from his players and that’s why guys play so hard for him. And I just hope that in the future everybody will look at whatever situation he’s in, going, ‘He’s crazy for doing this. Why’s he doing this?’ Well, there’s a reason he’s doing it.”

We got a sense that Reid was a players’ coach when he and the Eagles signed Michael Vick after he was released from prison. Another example may have been when kicker David Akers missed two field goals against the Packers in the playoffs. There were reports that Akers was distracted by personal issues during the game. Reid didn’t say anything about it and didn’t blame Akers the way other coaches have gone after their kickers.

Despite all his shortcomings (e.g. pass-to-run play ratio), Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL. We knew players liked him, but now we have a much better understanding why.

Patriots and Eagles Swapped 6th-Round Draft Picks to Keep Trade Streak Alive

Bill Belichick is known as a boring, unfriendly, stick in the mud type of coach. Andy Reid is considered to be friendlier and forgiving. When you think of the two of them, you wouldn’t consider them to be frequent trading partners, but that is actually the case.

We learned over draft weekend that the Pats and Eagles swapped 6th-round picks — New England’s 193rd for Philly’s 194th — in order to keep a streak alive.

Since Belichick took over the Patriots in 2000, the two men have made a draft-day trade every single year.

Belichick explained the decision to the media in a way only he can. “We talked to the Eagles,” Belichick deadpanned. “We wanted to make the trade, they wanted to make the trade.”

Though you wouldn’t peg Belichick and Reid to be friends based on their seemingly dissimilar personalities, they actually are buddies. Maybe it’s this type of sense of humor that other coaches around the league need to adopt in order to be as well-tenured as they are.

Andy Reid Slaps Referee on the Butt Prior to Official Review

Eagles coach Andy Reid sure has been showing his playful side on the sidelines the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, Reid chest bumped with DeSean Jackson following a touchdown for the second time in the season. Last week against the 49ers, Reid gave an opposing player a shoulder shrug. This week, he was busy slapping one of the refs on the butt prior to an official review as a way of saying “Give us a good one!” Check out the screen caps:

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So Chad Ochocinco gets fined thousands for trying to slip a ref a dollar bill as a joke and Andy Reid slaps one on the butt to try and get a good call. It worked out for Reid considering the review gave Jeremy Maclin a catch on what turned out to be the game-winning drive for Philly. That throw was one of the best passes Donovan McNabb made in the entire game — it was a laser beam down the left sidelines for Maclin who made a diving catch while falling out of bounds. At 11-4, the Eagles are looking strong but their work is not done considering they play the Cowboys in week 17 with home field advantage in the playoffs on the line. Their six game winning streak should give them plenty of confidence heading into the clash in Arlington.