Andy Reid says quitting “would be a cop out”

November 19, 2012

Plenty of people are pointing fingers at Andy Reid. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid removed any doubt Monday about who will be coaching the team the rest of the season…if he has anything to say about the matter.

“I’m standing in front of the team and saying these are the things we need to do, one of which is we need to battle,” Reid said (via Philly.com’s Zach Berman). “I think [quitting] would be a cop out. That’s not how I see things. That’s now how I’m wired. I’m not going to tell them one thing and do the other.”

A day after the Eagles dropped to 3-7 and lost their sixth straight game Sunday in Washington, Reid acknowledged that the team is “letting the fans down, letting the city down.” In his 14th season, he has been on notice from owner Jeffrey Lurie that the team needs to improve. But it’s unlikely that, no matter how vocal the clamoring, that he wouldn’t be allowed to coach out a particularly difficult season that began with the death of his son in training camp.

“You control what you can control,” Reid said. “That’s getting better as a football team. That’s what my emphasis is. Become a better coach, make sure I’m putting my guys in the right position to make plays, make sure my staff is doing the right things there. That’s where all my emphasis is and I don’t put my emphasis past that.”

Lurie hasn’t spoke about Reid’s future since preseason — and didn’t budge from that stance Sunday.

“He’s a competitive guy. Nobody wants to win more than Jeffrey,” Reid said. “He’s disappointed. I’ll tell you that. Rightly so. He feels the same way we do, that we’re letting people down in this city.”

Reid was forced to start rookie Nick Foles at quarterback with Michael Vick out with a concussion Sunday and Foles struggled in the loss the Redskins. If Vick has recovered, Reid said he’ll be the starter Sunday against Carolina.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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