Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid Addresses Times Report About Manning, Team Control
Last week the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece in which they claimed through two unnamed sources that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid wanted to sign Peyton Manning and then threatened to walk away from his job if the teams front office didn’t give him more personnel control.
On Friday Reid revealed “Mike’s my guy” referring to team quarterback Michael Vick. He also claimed at that time that he has had personnel control “over the years.”
Now Reid has spoken out further over that report, noting:
“I’ve got the final say. But I will tell you we work as a team. We’ve always done that. One of our strengths is that we do that. We check our egos at the door.”
Reid then goes on to say:
“We have great respect for each other. The people I work with are phenomenal. That’s the way it’s been and will continue to be.”
When asked about whether or not he was ready to quit the Philadelphia Eagles over issues he had with the team the coach said:
“That’s not what was happening.”
That last statement hardly sounds like a man who didn’t nearly leave the team, then again if I was an NFL coach who had the chance to win over Peyton Manning and my team didn’t give me the support needed to do so I would probably be close to walking away.
In the meantime Peyton Manning is now playing for the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow has been shuffled off to the New York Jets and in the meantime very little has changed in Philadelphia which appears to be the way Andy Reid wanted it all along.