PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg go way back.
They may soon be going away together.
If owner Jeffrey Lurie decides to fire Reid after Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants, Mornhinweg and the other coordinators and position coaches could also be dismissed.
A new head coach presumably would want to bring in his own assistants. When Reid was hired in 1999, for example, he revamped the coaching staff. Only three coaches from Ray Rhodes' staff - offensive-line coach Juan Castillo, special-teams coordinator John Harbaugh, running-backs coach Ted Williams - were retained.
Mornhinweg, who is in his 10th season with the Eagles, may be out of work as soon as next week, along with special-teams coordinator Bobby April and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
"Sometimes an end is the beginning of something new," Mornhinweg said Thursday. "But to be honest, I haven't even gone there (thought about the future) yet. I'm too focused on getting the players ready for the Giants. I have a responsibility to the players and that's very important.
"We are all just doing our jobs. (Coaching) is the only job I've ever had except for when I was working at a gas station in San Jose (Calif.) when I was in high school. This is our life."
Mornhinweg, 50, is a football lifer. He got his start in coaching in 1985 at the University of Montana after starring at quarterback for the Grizzlies. That was followed by assistant jobs at Texas El-Paso, Northern Arizona (twice), Southeast Missouri State, Missouri, Green Bay, San Francisco and two years as the Detroit Lions' head coach in 2001-02.
After the Lions fired Mornhinweg, Reid hired him to be a special assistant in 2003. The two had previously coached together at Texas-El Paso, Missouri and the Packers. Mornhinweg became the Eagles' offensive coordinator in 2006 after Brad Childress left to become Minnesota's head coach.
Mornhinweg established roots in Philadelphia, however. He and his wife, Lindsay, have four children - sons Skylar and Bobby Cade and daughters Madison and Molly Lynn. Skylar and Madison both graduated from Philadelphia-area high schools and Molly is a senior.
"Everyone thinks we're West Coast people, but my kids don't think that way," Mornhinweg said with a laugh. "We were just having this conversation during Christmas. Molly's getting ready to go away to college and I asked her what she would say when people ask where she's from. And she said, 'Philadelphia.' "
If Reid is fired, some other coaches may be forced to pull up even deeper roots.
Wide receivers coach David Culley, tight ends coach Tom Melvin and Williams have been with the team throughout Reid's 14 seasons.
"Those guys would be more affected by (a coaching change) than the players," tight end Brent Celek said.
Bowles hasn't been here long enough to develop ties to the area as a coach, though the Elizabeth native was a defensive back for Temple University in the late 1980s. He's been an NFL coach since 2000 with the New York Jets (2000), Cleveland (2001-04), Dallas (2005-07) and Miami (2008-11).
The 49-year-old was hired prior to this season to coach the cornerbacks but was elevated to defensive coordinator when Reid fired Castillo on Oct. 16. Bowles been in that spot for just 11 games and the defense has made progress in recent weeks, but that may not be enough for him to stay if a new coach comes in.
"You gain experience regardless of where you go," Bowles said. "I've learned a ton of football from Coach Reid. I've learned a ton about treating people, about management. I've learned a ton from my players, I've learned different schemes and different parts of the game. You learn a lot and you just kind of file those things away."
Special-teams coordinator Bobby April, 59, has been around coaching long enough - he got his start at Chalmette (La.) High School in 1976 - to know that job security is virtually non-existent.
April is in his third season with the Eagles after previous NFL stops with Pittsburgh (1994-95), New Orleans (1996-99), St. Louis (2001-03) and Buffalo (2004-09).
"You always walk the plank as a coach," April said. "No one's infallible."
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