Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on decision to fire Andy Reid from Chiefs in 2012: ‘It was extremely difficult’

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Andy Reid will become the fifth head coach to face his former team in the Super Bowl this weekend when his Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. “Big Red” is trying to pick up his second Super Bowl ring as head coach, and it would be nice to win that against the club that once made the decision not to renew his contract.

Reid went 247-138-1 in his coaching career and 21-16 in the playoffs. He enjoyed 14 seasons with the Eagles, going 130-93-1 and 10-9 in the playoffs before being released after a 4-12 season in 2012 – which is still the worst record of his head coaching career.

As his team prepares to share the big stage with Reid, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie revisited the “extremely difficult” decision to part ways with Reid, knowing he was releasing a future Hall of Famer.

“It was extremely difficult because I was extremely close with Andy,” said Lurie, via The Washington Post, (H/T Pro Football Talk). “Obviously, we were very, very successful together. He represented everything I believe in. Having a different environment for his family at that time. I always thought he would be very successful wherever he went. I give the Chiefs credit for immediately realizing his opportunity And they got a first-ballot Hall of Fame coach, in my opinion.”

Reid began his run at Kansas City, going 11-5 in his first season. In fact, in 10 seasons with the Chiefs, Reid failed to record double-digit wins just once and reached the Super Bowl three times. He was, without a doubt, one of the best signings the Chiefs ever made.

The Chiefs are in a slightly different place this Sunday. While Reid is 3-0 against his former team, winning all three games by at least seven points, Kansas City finds itself the underdog against Philly. Patrick Mahomes has never been a postseason underdog, but he is 7-1-1 against the spread and 6-3 straight as a regular season underdog.

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