Andy Reid is coaching all the way to the end with the Philadelphia Eagles.
That means making moves that might not be popular or might have been a longtime coming or both.
One of his most recent decisions is to bench safety Nate Allen, a second-round draft pick in 2010, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Eagles will roll with Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson at safety for Sunday’s game against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field.
“I was all right with it,” Allen said, per McLane. “You've got to be a professional about it and just go out there and continue to work and contribute and help the team out however you can.”
A hamstring injury this season has plagued Allen but he missed only one game. He has been credited with 60 solo tackles this season but he has not been active around the ball. He has not been a disruptive force in the secondary so Reid has opted to make a move.
Allen will enter the final year of his rookie contract next season and it will be interesting to see how what is expected to be a new coaching staff will view him. He’ll need to have a productive offseason to raise his level of play.
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