Rather than cleaning house to begin the new year, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issued a resounding vote of confidence in Coach Andy Reid and his staff on Tuesday afternoon, just two days after the final day of the 2011 NFL regular season that saw the team come up shy of making the playoffs, and miles short of its lofty championship aspirations.
While frank during Tuesday's press conference about his disappointment over the heavily hyped Eagles' letdown 8-8 season —calling it without question the most disappointing in his 18 years of ownership — Lurie's first postseason address to the media held good news for Reid, a former Glendale Community College player.
"Andy Reid not only has the love of his players and their respect, but he also has the fire in his belly to be the best," Lurie said, according to the Associated Press, in announcing that Reid will be back for a 14th season at the helm of the Eagles in 2012. "You've got to have the anger. You've got to have the motivation, the dedication, and the focus and the talent. My answer to those questions is yes. That's why I want to see our team coached by Andy Reid next year, and I can't wait to see that team play. There's no doubt in my mind, if our focus is on trying to win a championship next year, the best coach for that is Andy."