Howie Roseman, and Jeffrey Lurie announced Monday that Andy Reid’s tenure as Eagles Coach has ended after 14 seasons.
Early Monday morning Andy Reid held an emotional team meeting where he told the players that he was being released from his duties as Head Coach.
Next, the outgoing longest tenured coach in the NFL received a rousing send off from the entire organization, in the Novacare cafeteria at 10:45.
Less than 200 yards away, Eagles players began pointing fingers for what went wrong.
If the Eagles had played with as much fire as they claimed on Monday to have left in the locker room this season, Andy Reid may still be the Eagles Head Coach.
Several veteran players began casting blame for this season’s 4-12 finish that led to Reid’s dismissal following a lackluster effort in a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants .
Running back LeSean McCoy chastised his teammates for not giving their all.
“I don’t think a lot of guys left it all on the line at times, McCoy said as he cleaned out his Novacare Complex locker on Monday. “It’s obvious, I mean, you watch the games.”
McCoy went on to say that the wrong individual paid the price for this team’s lack of effort during this woeful season.
“I don’t think a coach should be punished when guys don’t leave it on the line,” McCoy continued. “That’s on you as a player, not the Head Coach.”
Quarterback Michael Vick, who likely played his final game in an Eagles uniform Sunday, echoed McCoy’s sentiments
“Yeah, I’m pissed off’” Vick said when asked if it bothered him that his teammates didn’t always give max effort. “We wouldn’t be in this position if guys tried as hard as I did, but this locker room never dictated that kind of effort.”
Many players listed Vick among the etam’s leaders when the subject was broached this season, but even the quarterback said Monday that his efforts were futile this year.
“I tried to take a modest approach, lead by example and I even called a team meeting to try and get guys to regroup, but guys didn’t want to listen,” Vick explained. “Out of respect, you should want to come to work, want to try and be the best, to follow the leader. That’s what people need to learn.
Jeremy Maclin, who has one year remaining on his contract and has yet to have any discussion of an extension with the team, said that respect was a thread that was lacking on this team.
“We have to respect each other,” Maclin said. “That lack of respect effected the guys and that makes you less inclined to want to play for and help one another.”
The fourth year receiver declined to name names, but said a lack of respect permeated through the locker room.
“I don’t think that everyone looked at each other the way a team should,” he explained. “You can tell around the league that there are guys on teams that don’t get along, but disrespect is a whole other thing.
Guys that have been in this league and should understand how to be a pro didn’t act that way.
As a result of this team’s 12-20 record in the last two season’s and a general staleness throughout the organization since the team’s Super Bowl march in 2004, Reid was relieved of his duties in Philadelphia.
Reid may be gone, but a roster that is in the midst of pointing fingers and spreading blame for it’s recent run of turmoil remains for whoever Jeffrey Lurie tabs as the next Head Coach.