|Coach Andy Reid said he hasn't talked to owner Jeffrey Lurie about his future in Philly. (US Presswire)|
When Andy Reid addressed the media shortly after the Eagles dropped their seventh game in a row, a demoralizing loss to the Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night, he knew the questions about his job security were coming. To his credit, he dutifully answered them.
“We really haven't talked about that," Reid said in response to a question about whether owner Jeffrey Lurie had assured him his job was safe for the rest of the season. "He's been supportive. Obviously, he's as competitive as anybody and he wants to win games. That's what he's in this business for. But we really haven't gone there. I'm trying to get this football team to win games; that's what I'm trying to do. That's where my energy is.”
Whether it has been verbalized by the boss or not, Reid's fate has been determined. The only detail to sort out is when he'll be relieved of his duties.
Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane reported that Reid would coach against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
"I'm coaching to get ready to get after the Cowboys; that's what I'm going to do," Reid said Tuesday via McLane. "I don't go beyond that. That's simple -- that's how I go. I'm not going to let anything distract me from that."
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, citing a high-ranking official in the Eagles' organization, said the plan entering 2012 was to have Reid coach the season and make any determinations on his future then.
Lurie said in August that last season's 8-8 record was "unacceptable," and he's clearly unhappy about the team's 3-8 mark in 2012. While Reid is still the coach, changes are afoot in the organization. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired on the team's bye week, and the Eagles recently parted ways with two executives in their marketing and communications department. On Tuesday, defensive end Jason Babin was released.
Whether it's tomorrow or the day after the season ends, Reid's time in Philly is up. In his 14 years with the Eagles, he has amassed a 129-89-1 record, countless division titles and one Super Bowl appearance. And while the Eagles might be ready to move in another direction, Reid won't be out of work for long.
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