Andy Reid got such a hearty hug on the sideline from Howard Mudd that the 70-year-old assistant with the artificial hip actually lifted the burly head coach off his feet.
Norv Turner received a game ball from the team president.
Turner led the San Diego Chargers (5-8) to their first regular-season victory in Pittsburgh in 15 tries. A 34-24 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers kept the Chargers mathematically alive for a wild-card playoff berth.
Shurmur is actually getting used to winning in Cleveland. The Browns (5-8) beat Kansas City 30-7 for their third straight victory to also keep slim playoff hopes alive.
But, is it too late for any of the four coaches to save their job?
“Listen, I’m not worried about any of that,” Shurmur said Monday. “I’m not worried about saving, I’m worried about doing my job and that’s it. I just want to do my job.”
He could’ve been speaking on behalf of the other coaches, too.
“That’s not the thing that’s on my mind,” Turner said about his job status. “We’re trying to get ready for Carolina and trying to build on what we did. That’s where I’m at.”
Of the four, Reid may have the least security, even though he’s been the most successful among the group and is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL at 14 years.
Reid is assured his third losing season and second in a row. The Eagles entered each of the last two seasons as Super Bowl contenders and failed miserably. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie already gave Reid a directive before the season, saying the Eagles had to make “substantial improvement” on their 8-8 finish from last year.
It’s a foregone conclusion in what-have-you-done-for-me-lately Philadelphia that Reid won’t be back. Local comedian Joe Conklin and his daughter, Casey, put together a video parody of Taylor Swift’s song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” mocking Reid. It’s called: “We Are Never Ever Gonna Win With Andy.” The video already has nearly 400,000 views on YouTube.