“Don’t know how good they have it around here, having Andy as the coach.”
The truth has been told.
Now, the question is: can Eagles faithful handle the truth?
Several Eagles fans assembled a sign across from the Eagles training facility that said: “Andy The Times…To Go”, referencing coach Andy Reid.
Eagles offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis asked the fans to get rid of the sign as they saw it when they left the facility according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.
“We don’t need that kind of division on the team right now,” said Kelce, the Eagles’ center, a sixth-round rookie from Cincinnati. “They have the right to do that, just as much as I have the right to tell ‘em — ask ‘em — to take the sign down. I support their freedom of speech, their right to say anything they want to, but what I want them to do is do that on a blog, do that in media, keep it away from here. Right now we’re trying to come together as a team and get this thing fixed, and we don’t need people calling for (the firing of) our head coach right on our front door, when we’re trying to get better and come together.”
Mathis, the starting left guard, said: “Before a lot of people were going to see the sign, I didn’t want anything negative out there that could have any kind of potential to create a divide on this team. So we asked ‘em to take it down.”
Mathis, a first-year Eagle who previously played for struggling teams in Carolina and Cincinnati, said he told the fans with the sign they “don’t know what they’re talking about…don’t know how good they have it around here, having Andy as the coach.”
“I said it’s not his fault that we’re turning the ball over, that he’s not the one out there making mistakes, it’s us,” Mathis said.
Clearly, it would be a mistake to put the blame on Andy Reid for the team’s 1-4 start.