Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced today that longtime head coach Andy Reid will return for the 2012 season, according to ESPN.
"I'm here because it's been a very, very unusual season ... This was without question the most disappointing season in my tenure," Lurie said, according to ESPN. After all the moves we made in the offseason and with our roster, it's extremely disappointing and unacceptable to have the season over.”
The Eagles were considered by many to be the favorite in the NFC East this season after making several major acquisitions to build around star quarterback Michael Vick. However, a mix of injuries and poor play left the Eagles on the outside looking in of the playoffs in 2011 with an 8-8 record.
Philadelphia began the season in a 1-4 hole which they would not be able to dig themselves out of. Despite a late season surge, where the club won each of their final four games in convincing fashion, it wasn’t enough to take the squad dubbed “The Dream Team,” to the playoffs. Reid, 53, has served as the head coach for the Eagles for the past 13 seasons. In total he has posted a 126-81-1 record including a 10-9 postseason record. In 2004 he helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl, however they ultimately lost to the New England Patriots.