By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When Andy Reid spoke yesterday, it was the first time he’d said anything about the Eagles publicly since the season ended a month ago. Almost everyone that watched, listened or attended the press conference agreed that something was different about Reid. He seemed more open, more patient, and less confrontational.
Was it coincidence, a conscious decision by Reid, or was he told by the organization to change his public demeanor?
Eagles beat reporter Reuben Frank thinks that someone definitely spoke to the Eagles head coach about his tone when meeting with the media. Frank told 94 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team, “I’m sure Jeff [Lurie] did say something. He mentioned that in his presser a few weeks ago that he’d like to see Andy that way, so I’m sure the owner said something to him. You know, ‘you can’t keep alienating people every time you open your mouth,’ and hopefully that got through to him.”
Frank doesn’t necessarily think this is a sign of things to come though. “I don’t really expect anything different once we get to the regular season next year,” he said. “I think we’ll see the same old Andy Reid. I kind of like that one better. I don’t like this nice Andy Reid,” he said. “I like the rude, grumpy one. I don’t know why.”
Do you think Andy Reid was told to act differently? Do you like this version of Andy better than the old one? Let us know in the comments.
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH REUBEN FRANK: