Philadelphia Eagles Extend Andy Reid’s Contract
Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, clearly believes that Andy Reid is a better coach than a father (cheap shot), as he announced Wednesday that he has given the winningest coach in team history a three-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed but details will likely emerge at a news conference that is scheduled this morning for 11:30 EST.
The Eagles are having a decent season this year, sitting at 8-4 and tied for first in the NFC East, so an extension makes a certain level of sense. And despite the fact that Reid is frequently criticized by fans, it’s hard to argue with the team’s consistency and level of success under Reid’s watch. In 10 seasons, Reid has made it to the playoffs nine times, including five trips to the NFC Championship Game, although he has only led the Eagles to the Super Bowl once.
Reid’s family life and how his dedication to coaching might have led to his sons, Garret and Britt, developing drug problems which ultimately got them in some pretty serious trouble with the law has also been scrutinized. His sons’ drug problems ultimately led to Reid taking a leave of absence during the 2007 season. Britt completed a drug treatment program in June and appears to be getting his life back on track while Garrett was sentenced to two years for attempting to smuggle prescription pills into jail. He was serving his sentence at a halfway house but then failed a drug test in May of this year, so now is serving that time in prison.
I guess Reid’s personal experiences prove the old adage: “Lucky in coaching, unlucky in having druggy, felonious kids.”
Or something like that.
Eagles, Reid agree to 3-year contract extension [Yahoo!/AP]
Andy Reid’s Rugrats Are Terror Behind The Wheel [Deadspin]
Britt Reid graduates from Pa. drug court program [Sporting News/AP]
Garrett Reid in Trouble Again [NBC Philaelphia]