Sunday, August 30, 2015

Andy: Can't Ask Players Not to Quit if I Do

Andy Reid was asked Monday why, if his leadership of the steadily worsening team is ineffective, he doesn't consider stepping down.

Andy: Can't Ask Players Not to Quit if I Do

Eagles head coach Andy Reid. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Andy Reid. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid was asked Monday why, if his leadership of the steadily worsening team is ineffective, he doesn't consider stepping down.

"I'm standing in front of the team and telling them 'these are the things we need to do,' one of which is continue to battle," Reid said. "I think that'd be a copout ... that's not how I'm wired. We're going to keep battling, do it as a team. I can't tell the guys one thing and then do the other."

Reid said running back LeSean McCoy has a headache and is in stage 1 of his recovery from the concussion he suffered Sunday. but Reid said McCoy seemed less affected after the game than Michael Vick had been right after his concussion, suffered the previous week against Dallas. Reid said both players are day-to-day. He said Vick feels better, but baseline testing Monday was not normal, which would seem to make it unlikely Vick will play a week from tonight against Carolina.

Reid said he still does not regret leaving McCoy in the Washington game, down 25 points with a minute and 45 seconds left.

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"There are a few things that you wish wouldn't happen," said Reid, who seemed to be saying that players and coaches don't want to wave a white flag in the late stages of a loss. On Sunday, Reid had answered questions about McCoy remaining in the game nonsensically, talking about wanthing to catch up and win the game.

"I know we're letting the fans down and the city down," Reid said. "I completely understand that ... There are no excuses."

Reid said team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, who has not been available to reporters, "feels like I do, that we're letting people down."

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