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Anatomy of a firing

The day Reid was fired

Anatomy of a firing

Eagles head coach Andy Reid tips his hat in the closing seconds of the<br />game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Andy Reid tips his hat in the closing seconds of the game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

According to an Eagles team official, here is the rough timeline of what has happened so far on this momentous Monday morning at the NovaCare Complex:

Reid and team owner Jeffrey Lurie met between 8:30 and 9:00. It was at this meeting, the official said, that Lurie informed Reid that he was fired.

Reid addressed the team at 10 am at a regularly-scheduled team meeting, to tell them of his release. The official and several players described the meeting as "emotional." Safety Kurt Coleman and running back LeSean McCoy both said that the players gave Reid a standing ovation when he was finished talking.

After Reid was finished, Lurie addressed just the players in a meeting. Then, at 10:45 am, all of the club's front office employees gathered in the complex cafeteria. There, Lurie offered what were described as "kind words" in his introduction, after which Reid addressed the group and thanked them.

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How would you rate Andy Reid's career as head coach of the Eagles?
Excellent. It's been a winning era.
Good. It's been a winning era, but they didn't win the big one.
Fair. Too many losses in too many big games.
Poor. He had a good run, but it's downhill for a long time.

As of 11:30 am, Reid remains in the building and is meeting with any players who sought him out. The Lurie press conference is scheduled for 1 pm. As of now, Reid is not scheduled to attend.

Also as of now, none of the rest of the coaching staff has been fired.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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