December 31, 2012, 2:40 pm
Andy Reid's 14-year tenure as Eagles head coach officially ended Monday.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said during a press conference Monday afternoon that he made the decision to fire Reid Monday morning but had been "heavily leaning" in that direction since the Eagles' 4-8 start. He said he met with Reid on Friday, and Reid knew there was "a very good chance he would be let go."
Lurie said no interviews have been set up yet for Reid's replacement -- "We've contacted no coaches" -- and that Reid was not offered another position with the organization.
"Andy doesn't want to transition to other aspects of football operations. He's a football coach," Lurie said. "He wants to coach right now."
As for what went wrong with his coach of the last 14 years ...
"It's a great question. I don't think there's a short answer. It's a complicated one," Lurie said.
"[When] you're so close to winning a Super Bowl, at some stage you have an opportunity to think that the next move, even if it's not consistent with all of your previous moves will be the one that gives you the chance to win the Lombardi Trophy, and I think that in the last year or so, last couple of years, we've done things that have not been as consistent -- they've been more scattered in terms of decision-making.
"When you start to reach for short-term panaceas or short-term solutions that are not consistent with your culture and your football program, that's when you end up 4-12."
The 4-12 season -- described by Lurie as "embarrassing," "crushing" and "terrible" -- was due in large part to dismal draft decisions. General manager Howie Roseman recently was given a multiyear extension, and Lurie exonerated Roseman for recent draft decisions.
"I decided to streamline the whole decision-making process for the whole 2012 draft and offseason," Lurie said. "That's the first draft and offseason I hold completely Howie completely accountable for. The mistakes that were made in the 2011 draft have little or nothing to do with Howie's evaluations. I think it was important for me to own up to the mistakes that were made an understand where they were coming from, and it was awfully clear."
Lurie wouldn't name who he did hold responsible for the 2010-11 drafts -- "I want to take a much higher road than that" -- but in all likelihood it was former team president Joe Banner, who left the organization in June.
Banner eventually joined the Cleveland Browns. As for where Andy Reid will end up, Lurie expects him to end up as a coach somewhere -- and return to Philadelphia some day.
"I look forward to the day we all welcome him back and introduce him as a member of the Eagles' Hall of Fame, because that's inevitable," Lurie said.
"He's energized and excited. Someone is going to get one heck of a football coach."
(More coming ...)
Tweets from Geoff Mosher and Reuben Frank contributed to this story.