Coping with Garrett Reid's death

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"This is a tight-knit group we have and it's clear that what has happened in some ways has made our guys closer," Marty Mornhinweg said. (File Photo)

After a somber morning walk-through, a few Eagles players and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg spoke about how the team is coping with the death Sunday of 29-year-old Garrett Reid, who was close to many on the squad.

"Garrett was a friend of ours, too," said running back LeSean McCoy. "It's been tough. The biggest thing all of us want is to stay together.

"We're behind [Andy Reid] 100 percent. In our prayers, we're thinking about Coach Reid and his family," McCoy said. "Playing for him and his family motivates us more."

The Eagles are making arrangements to have everyone on the team attend the funeral Tuesday in Broomall. "I couldn't imagine anybody not being there," said center Jason Kelce.

"I want to go mainly to say good-bye to Garrett," Kelce said. "But also to be there to support Coach Reid and his family."

Kelce spoke briefly to Reid Sunday morning after finding out. "His words to me were, the only thing you can do is keep everybody going forward. Do your job."

Mornhinweg said, "The players have rallied in support of Andy. This is a tight-knit group we have and it's clear that what has happened in some ways has made our guys closer."

For the players, the practices, walk-throughs and class study have served as a reprieve of sorts.

"There's a balance to it. There's much grieving going on," Mornhinweg said. "But the players and coaches have really tried to focus when they're in the classroom and when they cross the white lines. We have an awful lot of leadership on this team that has stepped up."

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