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Eagles head coach Andy Reid

Eagles head coach Andy Reid

January 13:

Philadelphia Eagles news and stories from around the web…

Vick is Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year

January 13 Camden Courier-Post:

Michael Vick was the NFL’s best comeback story and Andy Reid was the league’s third-best coach, according to popular sports magazine Sporting News.

After a voting process involving NFL players, coaches and executives, the magazine honored the Eagles‘ quarterback and head coach and other players and coaches.

Left cornerback Asante Samuel was voted to the magazine’s All-Pro team, along with kicker David Akers. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg finished in a second-place tie with Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau for top coordinator.”

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Eagles coach Reid in critical career phase

January 13 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann:

“NOBODY THOUGHT the Eagles were going to be winning any championships this season and they didn’t. And nobody thinks Andy Reid is going to get fired anytime soon and they shouldn’t.

Organizationally, from Jeffrey Lurie to Joe Banner to Tom Heckert/Howie Roseman to Reid, a decision was made after things stalled following the 2004 trip to the Super Bowl. Starting in about 2007, the Eagles knew they had to turn over the roster. Many teams do that with explosives and begin anew. The Eagles decided to try to retool on the fly and to keep a good product on the field through the transition.

In that, they have succeeded.

But the transition is over.

With that, the stakes grow higher for Reid. He is signed through the 2013 season, which means that he is going to be the coach here at least through 2012, unless he were to decide that he’d had enough and walk away himself. You have to think that everybody involved believes that the Eagles will be in the championship conversation by then – really and legitimately in that conversation, not just a wild-card-and-a-prayer kind of team – and if they aren’t, well, it’s going to be time.

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Mornhinweg not on Browns’ radar

January 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Despite reports that he would be interviewed by the Cleveland Browns this week, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg appears to be out of the running for their vacant coaching position.

Pat Shurmur, St. Louis’ offensive coordinator and a former Eagles quarterbacks coach, has emerged as the leading candidate and could be close to a deal, according to various reports.

As of Wednesday, the Eagles had yet to receive paperwork from teams seeking permission to interview their assistant coaches.

Mornhinweg was considered a hot commodity this season after quarterback Michael Vick blossomed under his tutelage. Mornhinweg worked under Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay.”

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Mike McGlynn weathered the O-line troubles

January 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“By his own admission, Mike McGlynn was a work in progress this season.

The same could be said for the entire Eagles offensive line.

Right to the bitter end, when King Dunlap replaced Winston Justice at right tackle in the second half of Sunday’s 21-16 wild-card playoff loss to Green Bay, the Eagles‘ offensive line was unsettled and unsteady.

One constant in the lineup was McGlynn, a third-year player who took over the starting center position from the injured Jamal Jackson in Week 2.

But McGlynn’s situation underscored the shaky state of the offensive line as the former University of Pittsburgh athlete was playing center for the first time in his career and was forced to learn on the fly.

“You can’t replace experience,” McGlynn said. “I’d never been a center before, except a little bit in high school, and you really can’t compare high school to the NFL.

“I was happy that I got an opportunity to step in and play.”

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