Great gridiron expectations

The pressure is on for Reid's Eagles to live up to billing, while Barden's Giants defend crown.

September 01, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk

The following are previews on area athletes and coaches in the National Football League for the 2012-13 season.



Even as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Jets, 28-10, at home on Thursday night in their final exhibition warmup before Sunday's season opener, it was coach Andy Reid's contract status that was grabbing headlines in a story that appeared on

In the piece, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made clear he expected the team to do a better job of living up to expectations this season, which is the final year of Reid's current deal.


"We need substantial improvement," Lurie, who saw his team finish a disappointing 8-8 last season and miss the playoffs, told "We have a very good team on paper, and paper doesn't get you that far if you don't maximize it."

Lurie went on to say that he won't decide on whether to offer an extension to Reid, who played for Glendale Community College, until after this season.

"You try to make the best judgment you can after the season," Lurie said during his annual state of the team address with reporters. "There will be no formula regarding the right decision. It'll be very clear."

Pressure is certainly nothing new for Reid, who has weathered his share of criticism and job security rumors during a 13-year tenure in Philadelphia that has seen him amass a record of 136-90-1 and win 10 playoff games, which is the 11th most in league history.

It's been an especially difficult lead up to the season for Reid this year, however, as his son Garrett was found dead in his dorm room at the team's training camp in early August.

Reid's response to Lurie's comments on Thursday downplayed any increase in pressure to perform.

"I don't care about that stuff," Reid said after the Eagles' win. "He has high expectations. I have high expectations. Let's go play. We surely won't be satisfied with 8-8. We're striving for better than that. I'm not worried about it. I understand the business. I have a great relationship with Jeffrey."

The Eagles, who 4-0 went in preseason, kick off at 10 a.m. PDT Sunday against the host Cleveland Browns.



It has been a trying last two seasons for former Burroughs High standout and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Eben Britton.

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