Eagles linemen asks fans to remove anti-Reid sign
Emotions are running high in Philadelphia where no one expected the Eagles to be in a 1-4 hole to start the season.
The fans are hot, and that’s to be expected. Offensive linemen Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce were able to talk some fans over to their side of one issue earlier in the week. The Philadelphia Daily News reports Mathis and Kelce stopped while leaving the team’s NovaCare complex on Monday and asked fans who had put up a sign suggesting Andy Reid be fired to take it down.
“We don't need that kind of division on the team right now," Kelce said. "They have the right to do that, just as much as I have the right to tell 'em -- ask 'em -- to take the sign down. I support their freedom of speech, their right to say anything they want to, but what I want them to do is do that on a blog, do that in media, keep it away from here. Right now we're trying to come together as a team and get this thing fixed, and we don't need people calling for (the firing of) our head coach right on our front door, when we're trying to get better and come together.
"There was nothing ever physical mentioned, there was no harm in it. We asked them to take the sign down. They took the sign down."
The reality is Reid could be in hot water by the end of the season if the Eagles don’t turn things around. He’s already been asked about his job security, but he’s a coach that’s been through a lot in a tough sports town and he’s got a record for winning.
He’s got some players who have his back right now, but Kelce and Mathis stressed it was low key
"I didn't jump out of the car, rip it down and beat 'em up, or anything,” Mathis said. “This isn't the World Wrestling Federation."
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