Lurie kisses Reid goodbye in a love fest of an execution

Everybody knew that Jeff Lurie was going to pink slip Andy Reid today. And he did.
But Lurie didn’t knock out Reid with a barroom left you could see coming from Wichita.
Lurie praised Reid effusively while burying his friend. Lurie even gave Andy a game ball. Suffice it to say, the owner didn’t pull a Brutus-knifing-Julius Caesar exit.
You knew Lurie hated to jettison Reid, but had no choice when the Eagles, playing like stuffed sausages, lost more this season than a Jenny Craig class.
Lurie said he already has a list of coaching candidates and he’s checking it twice to see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. He says he wants a leader of men who is innovative and who will hire a strong coaching staff.
The coaching search promises to be a bit more involved than how North Korean dictators are chosen.
Lurie also likely will hire a head coach who shows emotion and is a little more charismatic dealing with the media than Reid, who always looked more uncomfortable at press conferences than a suspect playing 20 Questions with the Gestapo.
A coach who plays well on television will help reenergize a fan base that had its rooter busted this season.
Lurie also gave GM Howie Roseman plaudits for his talent evaluation and exonerated him from blame for all drafts up to the 2012 draft, which Roseman oversaw. By deduction, you didn’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the guy Lurie held responsible was Joe Banner, now running the Browns.
When asked what went wrong with the Reid era, Lurie gave an insightful answer.”It’s a great question. I don’t think there’s a short answer. It’s a complicated one,” Lurie said. “[When] you’re so close to winning a Super Bowl, at some stage you have an opportunity to think that the next move, even if it’s not consistent with all of your previous moves will be the one that gives you the chance to win the Lombardi Trophy, and I think that in the last year or so, last couple of years, we’ve done things that have not been as consistent — they’ve been more scattered in terms of decision-making.”When you start to reach for short-term panaceas or short-term solutions that are not consistent with your culture and your football program, that’s when you end up 4-12.”