Andy Reid has been on a 24 media blitz tour since the Eagles traded their long-time quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins.¬†¬†He and the Eagles are making it a point to try to dispute claims made by Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole who, says a source told him there was a battle going on in the Birds front office with Reid taking on team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman.
Reid did an interview on 610-WIP with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese.¬† He totally denied that there was any division in the front office.
“There was absolutely no debate,” Reid said. “There was never a point where we weren’t on same page here.¬† This is what we all felt was right for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
He says there was no debate at all.¬† Here you have one of the biggest decisions in the history of the organization and there was no debate at all.
I find that hard to believe but that’s just me.¬† Wouldn’t it be reasonable to debate such an important decision?¬† In a way not debating it is just as bad as creating a rift in the front office about it.
Reid also denied that the Eagles had made the move with McNabb on Easter Sunday, so that they would push the Phillies off the front pages.
“It couldn’t wait. . . . With these deals, that have taken time coming to a head, and then there is an opportune time, you got to step on it! Or it is over. . . . You’ve got to have a feel for when that time is.¬† It just happened to come Easter Sunday,” Reid said.
“It just happened it was before the opening day for the Phillies, and Tiger Woods . . . and the NCAA Finals.¬† I’d like to tell you I’m good enough to plan it that way.”
Team spokesperson Pamela Browner Crawley echoed the same sentiment to Philly.com.
“We’d been working on this trade for quite some time,” Crawley said, pointing out that trades of this type require coordination and agreement from multiple parties.¬† “To suggest that we have that sort of control. . . .¬† It’s more than not fair. It’s simply incorrect.”
I don’t think they intentionally made this move on Easter Sunday, but I don’t think they were upset that it did happen at the same time the Phillies were starting their season.