For the players in the Eagles’ locker room, Andy Reid was more than a football coach. He was a mentor, a father figure; a counselor. He brought each player to Philadelphia, and for many, helped make their dream of playing in the NFL come true. As the team said its goodbyes to Reid and began to disperse for the offseason, we spoke with players in the locker room about their reaction to the news, what they learned from their time with Reid and where the team goes from here ...
What was your reaction to the news that Andy Reid would no longer be the head coach?
What will you remember about your time with Reid?
Vick: "He's meant a lot to my career. He's definitely meant a lot to my life as far as making a lot of decisions that were positive, rethinking situations through, just somebody that I could always talk to and walk into his office at any time. We had a very close connection and I'm going to miss him.”
Jenkins: "The consistency with him. Regardless of what was going on, he’s going to stay consistent, he’s going to stay focused. He’s going to try to get you motivated; get you going.”
McCoy: "When you first get here, his work speaks for itself, just the way he conducts himself each day ... I feel like you don’t meet a coach like that, who will be honest with you, all the time, through the good and the bad.”
Dorenbos: "He’s impacted me professionally and personally, as far as how to treat people, how to be accountable. I got to see him and I got to thank him for the opportunities he’s given me and the opportunities he’s given my family to be a part of this city and to play here for seven years. It’s been an honor.”
Allen: "Probably the one where we were playing the Giants and he and DeSean (Jackson) jumped in the air and bumped each other. That was pretty funny.”
Tapp: "Him bringing me here. He got me here from Seattle three years ago and definitely helped develop me more as a player, a student of the game and as a person in general. I have the utmost respect for that man. My best wishes to him wherever he lands next.”
Foles: "Just think that he believed in all of us. He gave an opportunity, he pushed me; his attention to detail every day. He pushed me to become a better player. It’s something I’ll always remember and I’ll always push forward every day and I’ll always remember his attention to detail. I’ll take that in, too, when I’m working myself out. I’ll think, ‘Alright, how did Coach Reid think? What would he be saying?’ That’ll be my mindset.”
Patterson: "He was a good coach. I enjoyed all my years here with him. I have nothing but respect for him. He did a lot of good things and he believed in me. So I give him credit. He was just a wonderful coach for me. It wasn't good to see coach leave, but he's still going to be around. It's not going to be the end of it. I'm just glad I had the opportunity to play with him.”
"I think one of the greatest assets that I've kind of gained from him is being consistent with your emotions, not letting outside people determine how you kind of approach your daily work ethic and approach your job. That's something that's going to be big. This is a tough business and especially when you're not doing well people really want to point fingers and try to get at you. But if you understand yourself, if you're confident in yourself and you have a strong faith, you can get through any situation.”
What can you take away from this news?
Foles: "I think the big thing you take away from all of this is sometimes things happen in life. I’ll remember the great things about Coach Reid; the great things he’s done for me and how he was always positive throughout this whole process and came in every day with the same intensity; the same positive attitude that we’re going to go out there and work hard and achieve a goal. That’s something I’ll always respect about him, how he handled everything that went on."
Avant: "We’re all on borrowed time. It’s something he always says: "The day is always coming, whether you get out before they can get you or not.” He’s done a great job here. Yes, it does hurt me, because you never want to be a part of something that gets someone fired. And I believe that players have the opportunity to change decisions like that with the way they play."
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