I’ve been going through some old Sporting News’s and trying to see if they’re worth keeping for any reason. Back when I made sure to keep them, I had no idea that a lot of the key content would be archived on the Internet. Heck, when I started my TSN collection, there was no Internet for you and me. I fired up my Vic-20 computer and played Scott Adams Adventure games.
While going through a TSN issue from 2000, I stumbled on an interesting note. Reid cut C Steve Everitt after the 1999 season. There were a lot of rumors apparently that Everitt had poor work habits and was a player teams should be careful about signing. Mike Martz was considering signing Everitt in the middle of all these rumors. Reid called Martz and told him that none of this was true and that Everitt had been a solid guy and coachable player. Reid said the only reason they cut him was to go in another direction (coachspeak for we’re a rebuilding team and want young/cheap players…like Bubba Miller).
Reid had no allegiance to Everitt. They only spent the 1999 season together. Steve did start all 16 games. He was okay, but nothing special and not worth the cost. Everitt did end up signing with the Rams. He only played a few games and that was the end of his NFL career. I don’t know if it was due to injury or he’d just lost “it”.
I think it is impressive that Reid cared enough to call Martz and try to help Everitt out. Do right by players when you can. Players talk. Agents talk. Coaches quickly build up a reputation. Andy isn’t universally loved by the fans or media, but players and coaches around the league sure do love the guy. Think of all the players who return to the Eagles to finish out their careers or to start coaching. That kind of loyalty isn’t common in today’s NFL. Even if Big Red never wins a Super Bowl, he can be proud of the relationships he developed.