EAST RUTHERFORD - Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid did not leave on a high note Sunday.
Reid, whose 14-year stint is expected to officially end today, suffered a 42-7 season-ending loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
"I've loved the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid said after the game. "That's all I have to say. And I've loved every minute that I've had the chance to coach them."
Several media outlets, including CSNPhilly.com, NFL.com and USA Today, reported Sunday that team owner Jeffrey Lurie told Reid on Friday that he would be dismissed. Reid, however, said earlier Sunday that he had yet to discuss his status with Lurie.
In any case, Reid is expected to be relieved of his duties following a meeting with Lurie today, thus ending one of the most successful yet disappointing coaching tenures in franchise history.
Reid posted a 140-102-1 record, made the playoffs nine times, won six NFC East titles, reached five NFC championship games and lost to New England in the Super Bowl in the 2004 season. But the Eagles haven't won a playoff game since 2008 and missed the postseason in each of the the last two seasons.
In addition to Reid, some members of his coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, also are expected to be leaving the team.
"We've had quite a run," Mornhinweg said in the locker room after the game. "My only regret is not winning that game (Super Bowl XXXIX) in Jacksonville."
A number of their players were very upset after the game Sunday.
They desperately wanted to send Reid out with a victory as a thank-you for all he had done for them. Instead, they suffered the second-worst loss since Reid took over as Eagles coach in 1999.
"Coach Reid is a great man and I love him to death," quarterback Michael Vick said. "I wish we weren't having this conversation right now. I wish we could have done more and hopefully the players in the locker room feel like they could have done more. It was our responsibility to go out there and make it right and we didn't."
Reid was under pressure the entire season.
Lurie declined to give him a contract extension before the season - Reid is scheduled to make $7 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract - while indicating that anything less than a winning record and playoff berth would be "unacceptable." Reid then had to deal with the tragic death of his eldest son, Garrett, from a heroin overdose in August.
The Eagles started this season 3-1 but then went into an eight-game losing streak and suffered injuries to key players such as center Jason Kelce, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCoy and Vick. Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, considered among the best offensive linemen in the NFL, missed the entire season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.
"By record, this was obviously our toughest season," Reid said. "You know, we weren't very good and I take complete blame for the year. That's what I get paid to do and we weren't good enough."
Several players, including safety Kurt Coleman, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, McCoy and Vick came to Reid's defense Sunday.
They insisted that the blame for the team's inability to meet lofty expectations fell on them and not the coaching staff.
"A coach can only do so much," Jenkins said. "It's up to us as players to get the job done on the field and we didn't do that."
After Sunday's game, Reid exchanged a hug with Giants coach Tom Coughlin at midfield and then addressed the players in the locker room and told them "better days are ahead."
But unless Lurie has a change of heart, Reid won't be around to be a part of them.
"I'm very disappointed in the season," Reid said. "But I understand this is a business and I know how it works. Every once in a while, you're going to have a year like this and you've got to fight through it and you've got to be tough enough to do that as players and coaches.
"You've got to learn from your mistakes and get better. That's how I go about my business."
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