“It’s about being a professional. A coach told me a long time ago if somebody comes over your house to re-do your cabinets, you don’t care how they feel, you don’t care what’s going on,” the defensive lineman said. “You just want your cabinets done professionally.”
When the Philadelphia Eagles open the 2013 season, they’ll have football’s version of new cabinets and probably a brand new kitchen: They’ll most likely have a new coach and a new direction.
For now, the Eagles are a disappointing 4-10 and still have Andy Reid calling the shots. Sunday’s game against the Redskins could be the last at Lincoln Financial Field under Reid and the end of an era in Philadelphia.
“You know, I really don’t know what is going to happen. I just think the world of Andy and how he’s handled himself, how hard he’s worked, what he has done for our game. He is just a class act,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “He went through a difficult year this year with his family. I can’t think of anybody that has handled that better than he has and he is just a pro’s pro and I got a lot of respect for him.”
Reid’s son Garrett was found dead during training camp at Lehigh University in August, the result of an accidental heroin overdose. That tragedy makes anything football pale in comparison for the 14-year Eagles coach.
On the field, this season that began with high expectations sputtered thanks to an eight-game losing streak, including a 31-6 drubbing Nov. 18 at the hands of the Redskins.
“None of us want to lose football games. That’s for sure. The family situation, that’s separate, you don’t want that to happen, either,” Reid said on a conference call with Washington media this week. “I’m surrounded by a bunch of good people and that’s made it better, or as good as it could be.”
“I don’t know what to expect. I’m so focused on the Redskins that I really haven’t gone there with that,” Reid said. “I know the fans have been great. As far as my situation goes with family and that, they’ve been phenomenal, but they want to win football games just like we all do. I understand that part, too.”
“Going into Philly is always hard. They’re going to play you hard, they’re going to fight hard,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said. “Those guys are NFL players, there’s a lot of jobs on the line so they’re going to give it everything they have if this their last home game [under Reid], they’re going to play as hard and do their best.”