After 14 years, Reid found it hard to walk away.
Owner Jeffrey Lurie understood. “He had the love and respect of every individual in this organization,” he said at his news conference Monday. “This man is amazing to work with, smart and dedicated, and the record will speak for itself.”
Not this season’s 4-12 record nor the humiliating score of the season-ending loss to the New York Giants, 42-7, on Sunday.
“When you have a season like that, it’s embarrassing. It’s personally crushing to me and it’s terrible,” Lurie said. “Our fans deserve the very best. This year, they got a team that was not very good at all. I feel terrible about that.”
“It was emotional,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “We felt his pain. It hurts a lot.”
Many players blamed themselves for his ouster and a few held back tears while talking about their former coach.
“It’s unfortunate. I feel we personally let him down,” wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said. “It’s a sad day.”
He is the winningest coach in club history and led them to a run of four straight NFC championship games, a streak that ended with a Super Bowl trip after the 2004 season _ and a loss, 24-21, to the New England Patriots. The Eagles are still seeking their first NFL title since 1960.
Reid cemented Philadelphia as a destination football town and led the team to an unmatched level of success. But the team hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008 and after last season’s 8-8 finish, Lurie said he was looking for improvement this year.
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