Andy Reid opted to take the high road from Philadelphia to Kansas City Monday.

He had nothing but positive things to say about his 14-year tenure with the Eagles during a 15-minute conference call with the Eagles media on Monday.

"I have nothing but fond memories," Reid said. "I loved my time there. I had 14 great years. I want the (Eagles) fans to know that I love Philadelphia. I haven't sold my home there. And I wish nothing but the best for the Eagles."

Reid, 54, enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with the Eagles. He posted a 140-101-1 record including regular-season and playoff games, won six NFC East titles, made five appearances in the NFC championship game and reached the Super Bowl in the 2004 season. But the Eagles still have not won a league championship since 1960.

Reid's teams got worse in recent seasons after losing the conference championship game at Arizona in 2008. They lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, finished 8-8 in 2011 and slumped to 4-12 this season that was the worst mark since the Eagles went 3-13 in 1998 under coach Ray Rhodes.

"There's nothing I wanted to do more than win a championship for the City of Philadelphia," Reid said. "But we didn't do it. I'm not going to sit here and tell you it wasn't exciting to get to (NFC) championship games and the Super Bowl, but we didn't get the championship."

Reid will get a chance to face the Eagles' new coach - and the fans - next season. The Chiefs are among the teams the Eagles will play at Lincoln Financial Field in 2013. The official schedules will be released in April.

A few hundred Eagles fans cheered Reid when he walked off the field after his last game at the Linc, a 27-20 loss to Washington on Dec. 23. They figure to give him a different greeting when he returns.

"The (Eagles) fans care and that's all that ever mattered to me," Reid said. "The fans there get it. They know about football and they let you know when you're doing good and when you're doing bad. I didn't care if they chanted my name. They cared and that's all you can ask for as a football coach."  

 

 

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