Andy Reid breaks vow of silence; defends Juan Castillo’s return

Reid might not be this happy ever again.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid finally addressed the masses today, nearly a full month since his team’s season officially ended. In years past, Reid would talk the day immediately after the final game. This year, however, the coach took his time as he wanted to take a step back, evaluate and look at the man in the mirror — his words, not ours.

While Reid touched on all the main talking points — the decision to bring back embattled defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, the hiring of secondary coach Todd Bowles and Mike Vick’s struggles staying healthy and protecting the football — the real story was Reid’s demeanor.

Andy Reid actually sounded sincere, open and honest with reporters, for a change. The press conference lasted nearly a full hour, with no snide remarks or menacing snarls aimed at reporters. He just kept talking and he even started the media session by addressing the Steve Spagnuolo rumors before anyone brought them up.

Yes, he did discuss a job on his defensive coaching staff with Spags. No exact position or title was thrown out, but a job was offered. Reid thought Spags and Castillo working together in some capacity would be “dynamite.”

Reid also talked about Jeffrey Lurie’s comments, in which the owner claimed 8-8 isn’t good enough and basically set the mandate for a Super Bowl or bust 2012 season.

“I understand this is a business. I always appreciated the support Jeffrey has given me here, along with Joe Banner. They have given me every opportunity to win football games. 8-8 is not good enough. Everything he said I agree with,” said Reid.

Lurie had also said that Reid needed to do a “better job” in dealing with the media. The coach often comes off as arrogant and rude in his postgame and day-after press conferences. That wasn’t the case today and Reid tried to defend himself when asked about it. He even thanked the media for their patience for waiting so long for his end-of-season comments.

“I’m not trying to be mean or rude,” Reid said. “I’m trying to make sure we stay together as a football team.”

Is this a new Andy Reid? Or was it a flash in the pan? Or a one-time attitude adjustment simply thrown out to appease his bosses? Only time will tell … but it’s a start.

Got to make that change, start with that man in the mirror, Andy.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

National

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…

Local

NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…

Local

Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…

Television

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!

Movies

Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.

Gossip

Blake Lively's pregnancy cravings are too weird to…

Find out what Blake Lively is rumored to send husband Ryan Reynolds to the store for.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…

Education

Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…