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Andy Reid Discusses NFL Lockout, Michael Vick, and Juan Castillo With Phantasy Sports Interviews


Philly2Philly.com Phantasy Sports InterviewsHas Andy Reid lost his grip on the Eagles? Photo: http://isportacus.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/andy-reid.jpg


…a Satiric Look Inside What May be in the Head of Current and Past Philly Sports Personalities 

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is generally a pleasant enough guy, but not exactly one who likes to go off-script and give the media anything to work with. Indeed, at every press conference, Reid looks as if he’s staring down a belligerent army of dentists, proctologists and IRS agents.

In our sit-down, Reid spoke before I even got my first question out. After that, it took a few questions and a little finesse, but Andy became remarkably candid.

A note to all longtime Reid-watchers: Please insert your own throat clears…call it the theatre of the esophagus.

Andy: Okay, first for the injury report. Our mandatory, voluntary OTA drills were canceled and—

Matt:   Pardon me Andy, but there’s a lockout, and it’s also the offseason. This is just a friendly little one-and-one interview.

Andy:  Um, okay, the time’s yours.

Matt:   Andy, which side do you blame more for the impasse between the players union and the owners?

Andy: I’d say that we all have a little piece of the pie right here, and it all starts with me. As for assigning blame, I’m not going to get into all that.

Matt:   But you’re just the coach of one football team. You’re not Commissioner Goodell, and you’re not DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFLPA.

Andy: That may be, but I’ve got to do a better job of putting them in a position to negotiate. It all starts with me right here.

Matt:   Andy, I was hoping for a candid one-on-one interview. You seem to be lapsing into your cliché-ridden, press conference coach-speak. Do you really mistrust the media so much?

Andy: Hey, you all have jobs to do. I get that. I just don’t want to put you guys in a position to get any information out of me.

Matt:   But isn’t the media just an extension of the fan base?  By denying the media, you’re denying—

Andy: No, I see it differently. The fans are our 12th man—the best, most passionate fans in the NFL. The media are a bunch of blood-sucking leeches.

Matt:   Well then, just think of me as a glorified fan, Andy. (After some awkward silence). So, is there going to be a football season this year?

Andy: My job is to prepare as if there is going to be a full NFL season.

Matt:   Let’s talk some Xs and Os. Assuming there is a 2011 season, do you expect Kevin Kolb to be here? If not, are you comfortable with Mike Kafka as your backup to Michael Vick?

Andy: Kevin is loyal, hard-working and capable of winning a Super Bowl for us. And if any other GMs are reading this, give me a first and a third round pick or higher, and he’s all yours.

Matt:   And Kafka?

Andy: Kafka’s a fourth-rounder out of Northwestern. He’s not even close to ready.  He’s got the same odds of leading the Birds to the playoffs as I have of being a jockey in the Kentucky Derby.  (Calls out to his wife). Hey Tammy, what did you put in my diet root beer?

Matt:   I’ll have what Andy’s having there, Tammy. Given Kafka’s lack of readiness to start—

Andy: He’s ready; he’s just not capable of winning many games.

Matt:   Okay, given Kafka’s lack of talent, are you concerned that the combination of Michael Vick’s reckless style of play and your less-than-stellar offensive line will put your backup quarterback in the position of playing a lot this year?

Andy: No, no real concern there. I have great confidence in new offensive line coach Howard Mudd. He has a great football mind. Look what he did with Indy.  Did you see how the Colts kept Peyton Manning sack-free all those years?

Matt:  Yes, but will Mudd’s schemes work here? You have to admit that Peyton Manning and Michael Vick have very different styles of play.

Andy: Marty (Offensive Coordinator Mornhinweg) and I have brought about tremendous changes in Vick, and we think that in three years he can become Peyton Manning.

Matt:  In what respects?

Andy: In three years, Michael Vick will be a 6’5” white guy with no mobility, a penchant for endorsing every product in the universe, and the inability to win most of his playoff games.

Matt:   I just lost my train of thought. But let me throw this one out there. There are rumors that you are considering re-acquiring troubled offensive lineman Shawn Andrews from the Giants. Can you comment on that?

Andy: Who told you that? Shawn’s a once-in-a-decade talent, but I hope to never see that dope-smoking, slack-off, looney tune again.

Matt:   Back in February, you raised millions of eyebrows when you named long time offensive line coach Juan Castillo as your new defensive coordinator.  Now, Castillo was a great O-line coach, but he’s never been a D coordinator at any level, and he’s never been a coordinator of anything at the NFL level.

Andy: I take issue with part of that statement.

Matt:   Which part?

Andy: The part that called Castillo a great O-line coach here. Hey, I love Juan and he has an unbelievable work ethic, but I’m just keeping it real here.

Matt:   So, let’s say Mudd’s an upgrade as your O-line coach. What makes you think that Castillo is ready to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL?

Andy: Juan once played linebacker in a flag football league. He has a great work ethic  and a great defensive mind. Do you know that he advised Sean McDermott on our red zone defense the last two years.

Matt:  Is that a feather in his cap?

Andy:  No, more like a hole in his pants. But, do you want to know a little secret?

Matt:   Absolutely, and so do all of our Eagles fans out there.

Andy: There’s not going to be an NFL season this year, anyway. I was just trying to throw Juan a little bone for his years of loyalty,

Matt:   Wow. I really appreciate your candor, Andy.

Andy: Who do you write for again, Matt?

Matt:   Philly2Philly dot com.           

Andy: And how many readers do you have?

Matt:   Oh, a million or so.

Andy: Shoot, a million readers? Every single day?

Matt:   I’m not going to get into all that. But thanks again, Andy. Your time’s all yours.

A Disclaimer: This conversation with Andy Reid did not really take place—but is it really all that far-fetched?

Along with being a lifelong Philly sports fan, Matt Goldberg is a unique, award-winning  writer, speaker and all-around humorist who resides with his wife and son in South Jersey. He is a featured columnist for the Phillies for Bleacher Report, and is also the author of two new humor books—Wordapodia, Volume One, and All That Twitters is Not Goldberg.

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