Reid leaves a loser in likely Eagles home finale

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andy Reid stuck around for handshakes, then trudged into the Philadelphia Eagles' tunnel that leads to the locker room.

He may never run out to coach another home game at the Linc.

With another dreary defeat on his resume, Reid wrapped up the home slate of his 14th season coaching the Eagles with serious questions about his future. Reid heard a few appreciative fans clapping for him on his way out, but the harsh reality is this: Reid's time in Philly is all but over.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie told Reid in the preseason it was win or else.

The victories didn't come with any regularity — only speculation about how and when Reid will leave the organization he turned into a perennial Super Bowl contender before falling into the NFC East basement.

The Washington Redskins spoiled Reid's likely home finale with a 27-20 win Sunday. With a chance to at least force overtime, the Eagles' final series was especially painful in a season that mercifully ends next week at the New York Giants.

The Eagles held on defense, forced a punt and started their last drive at their 15. They were at the Washington 17 when Nick Foles bounced a pass to Jeremy Maclin, who was open in the right corner of the end zone on third down. Foles then hit LeSean McCoy for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-2 to the 5 with 11 seconds left. After an incomplete pass, Foles was called for grounding, and the last second was automatically run off the clock.

That was it.

There were no signs blaming management, no "Fire Andy!" chants that had become popular at Lincoln Financial Field the latter half of this season. The pregame tailgate parties and "E-A-G-L-E-S! chants had been muted by a fan base fed up with the 4-11 record and Reid still in control.

The 11 losses are the same total Reid had in his rookie season of 1999 (5-11).

Reid refused to concede that Sunday was his final home game.

"I don't know that," he said. "I have nothing to tell you on that. I'm the coach right now, and I'm just coaching. That's what I'm doing, the best that I possibly can."

Lurie's preseason edict that the Eagles needed "substantial improvement" over last season's 8-8 record has dangled over the team and turned the final weeks into a guessing game of how Reid exits Philly. Will he get fired with about $6 million and one year left on his contract? Will he share a podium with Lurie as they announce an amicable parting?



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