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Eagles fire Andy Reid after 14 seasons

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Eagles fire Andy Reid after 14 seasons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andy Reid's worst coaching season with the Philadelphia Eagles ended Monday after 14 years when he was fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie, who said it was time ``to move in a new direction.''

The dismissal came one day after Reid and the Eagles were humiliated 42-7 by the New York Giants and ended their season at 4-12.

``Andy leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future,'' Lurie said in a statement released by the team.

The team pushed back a scheduled noon EST news conference to 1 p.m.

Reid took over a 3-13 team in 1999, drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick and quickly turned the franchise into a title contender.

He is the winningest coach in club history and led them to a run of four straight NFC championship games, a streak that ended with a Super Bowl trip after the 2004 season - and a loss, 24-21, to the New England Patriots.

Still, Reid cemented Philadelphia as a football town - though the Eagles have never won the NFL title - and led the team to an unmatched level of success. But the team hasn't won a playoff game since 2008 and after last season's 8-8 finish, Lurie said he was looking for improvement this year.

Instead, it was even worse.

Reid sounded like a man who knew he was going to be out of work when he addressed the media after the Giants game.

``I go in eyes wide open,'' Reid said, referring to his upcoming meeting Monday with Lurie. ``Either way, I understand. Whatever he chooses will be the right thing. He always does things for the best interests of the Eagles.''

Lurie said the search for Reid's successor begins immediately.

Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. He is the franchise leader in wins (140) and winning percentage (.578) and led the Eagles to six division titles and five NFC championship games.

It already had been a difficult year for Reid. He endured a devastating loss weeks before the season opener when his oldest son, Garrett, died at training camp after a long battle with drug addiction.

In October, Reid fired close friend and longtime assistant Juan Castillo, who was in his second season as defensive coordinator after coaching the offensive line for 13 years. He later fired defensive-line coach Jim Washburn.

After beating the defending Super Bowl champion Giants on Sept. 30, the Eagles lost eight straight games - their worst losing streak in 42 years.

PhiladelpiaEagles.com posted video of Lurie and Reid addressing team employees, who gave Reid a big ovation. Lurie handed him a game ball.

``I have a hard time standing before people without a few boos involved. But I'm taking it, I'm taking it all in,'' Reid said. ``These have been the greatest 14 years of my life.''

He added: ``Sometimes change is good. ... I know the next guy that comes in will be phenomenal. The ultimate goal is a Super Bowl. Everybody in this room, I wish you a big ring on the finger in the near future.

``Hail to the Eagles, baby.''

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AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.

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Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Washington fans get emotional on Twitter with reports of 'Redskins' being retired on Monday

Monday will reportedly mark the end of a certain era in Washington football, as the team is expected to retire the name 'Redskins.'

Washington's football franchise was founded in 1933, and the team became the 'Washington Redskins' when the franchise moved from Boston to the nation's capital in 1937.

Over that span, Washington has won three Super Bowls, two NFL championships (pre-NFL-AFL merger) and had over 30 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

So, as fans found out Sunday evening that the 'Washington Redskins' were soon to be a thing of the past, many of them became emotional on Twitter about the team's successes over the years.

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Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Report: Washington will reveal new team name on Monday

Washington will reportedly retire the name 'Redskins' on Monday, but could the organization reveal the team's new moniker, too?

According to Mike Jones of USA TODAY, that's exactly what the team plans to do.

Jones' source would not reveal what the team's new name will be. Potential replacement names such as the Warriors, Redtails and particularly the Red Wolves, have grown popular on social media.

Whether Washington will formally introduce a new name on Monday is still unclear. While Jones reported that the team will reveal its new name, Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported the team has yet to finalize what the new moniker will be. Additionally, Washington could have some trouble trademarking its new name.

Washington first announced it was undergoing a "thorough review" of its name on July 3 after several major sponsors publicly pressured the team about changing the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," Washington owner Dan Snyder said July 3.

Regardless if the new name is announced Monday or not, a change is imminent. NBC Sports Washington and multiple other sources have reported that the team will not play another game as the 'Washington Redskins' ever again.

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