‘Fire in his belly’: Andy Reid will return

Lurie is sticking with Reid next season, but the owner admits that he has no fear of moving on if it’s not working.

Welcome to the NovaCare Complex, where it’s Groundhog Day every day.

About halfway through Jeffrey Lurie’s impromptu press conference, the owner finally stopped dancing and cut to the chase. Yes, Andy Reid will be back for his 14th season as head coach of the Eagles.

It wasn’t a surprise by any stretch of the imagination. Still, you could hear a sizeable groan from thousands of fans fed up with Reid’s act, which often comes across as arrogant.

“Unfortunately, that’s a disconnect because the fans are getting the Andy Reid that is communicating in a press conference,” Lurie said yesterday.

The coach hasn’t won a playoff game in three years, yet Lurie thinks he’s still the best man to lead the Eagles to that elusive Super Bowl title.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if our focus is to win a championship next year, the best coach for that is Andy,” Lurie said. “We owe as a franchise to Philadelphia the singular pursuit of winning a championship and that’s why I want Andy back.”

Lurie admitted to feeling angry and frustrated over what he called the “most disappointing season since I’ve owned the team.” Then, he provided votes of confidence for Reid, president Joe Banner and GM Howie Roseman. The fates of the rest of the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, lie with Reid.

“We’ve had long discussions about player personnel staff and everything,” Lurie said. “That’s Andy’s area, and I think he’ll make the best judgment of that.”

But Lurie made no guarantees that Reid would be back after next season. There will be no changes on the coach’s contract, which runs through 2013. However, Lurie did say that he wouldn’t be afraid to shake things up.

“I don’t [have a fear of moving on]. I don’t, it’s just not in me. I’m a risk-taker,” Lurie said.


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