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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

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Reid to Gunn: 'I loved my time there'

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One Super Bowl appearance, five NFC Championship games and six NFC East titles. Was Andy Reid's 14-year tenure in Philadelphia more of a success or a failure?

After speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since he was fired Dec. 31, Reid sat down for a one-on-one interview with Derrick Gunn, in which the new Chiefs' head coach spoke about his ending in Philadelphia and new beginning in Kansas City.

“I think you look at where maybe the organization was when I came in and where it is now," Reid said. "I think that change can be good. And when change takes place, you have a chance to succeed. I think the Philadelphia Eagles have that opportunity. They’re young with good players right now. So they have an opportunity to grow and grow together."

Though Reid said he didn't get too much into the sentimental part of his last days in Philadelphia, he admitted it was tough saying goodbye to his players. He also praised owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman.

Reid also explained why he waited so long to speak to the Philadelphia media, and in turn say goodbye to the fans.

“I just didn’t think that was the right time to do it," he said. "It was an emotional time. I thought you needed to step back. My appreciation for Philadelphia is second to none. I loved my time there, every bit of it. The fans, I loved that they were into it, man. OK, they boo, they chant [your name], all those things, I didn’t care about that. That’s not what I care about. I care that they cared about football and they love it. I remember the 14 years as a whole, not the last year or the last game. It’s bigger than that.”