Trotter: Reid was often out-coached in big games

Trotter: Reid was often out-coached in big games
January 4, 2013, 7:02 pm
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It didnt take Andy Reid long to find a new job. Reid has agreed in principle to a five-year deal to become the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, sources tell, just four days after he was fired by the Eagles.

The Eagles 4-12 record and second consecutive disappointing season didnt prevent teams from coveting him, as the Cardinals and Chargers were also interested.

Apparently those teams didnt see the same things Jeremiah Trotter saw during his seven seasons under Reid.

Andy Reid got out-coached in a lot of games, man, a lot of big games, Trotter said Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic. Timeouts, running the football.

As a defense, we understood we passed the ball too much. You know, there's times we're sitting over there like, 'Man, listen. Just get us a couple of first downs so we can get a break.' And I'm sure it frustrated Jim Johnson also.

Trotters words carry extra weight because of his role with the Eagles. He was their middle linebacker for eight seasons four from 1998-2001, three from 2004-06, and he returned a third stint in 2009. The only year Trotter played in Philly without Reid was 1998, the season before his hiring. In the other seven seasons the Eagles went 67-45 with Reid at the helm.

If it came down to both teams were even, talent-wise, I think the opponent's team would win if it came down to coaching, Trotter said.

But however critical the four-time Pro Bowler was of his former coach, Trotter was more generous when it came to assigning a number grade to Reids tenure.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being great, I give him a 7 or 8 as a coach.

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