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According to Lurie, Reid could be back as soon as tomorrow

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When Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said that coach Andy Reid will coach in the team’s preseason opener against the Steelers, many assumed that the day of the game –Thursday — will be Reid’s first day back to work after the sudden death of his 29-year-old son, Garrett.  But Lurie’s comments, as transcribed and distributed by the Eagles, seem to suggest that Reid could be back to work as soon as Monday.

“All he wanted to talk to me about was a couple of things, [one of] which was how incredibly excited he is for this football team,” Lurie said of Reid.  “That’s been obvious, I think, from the beginning of training camp to all of us, but he wanted me to know that.  Secondly, that he treasures these practices and he feels bad he’s going to not be at practice today or probably tomorrow.  He just thinks they’re incredibly important, but at the same time, this is a father grieving; fully grieving.”

When Lurie says Reid won’t be at practice “today or probably tomorrow,” it means that Reid could be back on Monday.  And while it’s no one’s right to question the manner in which a person chooses to grieve, the reality is that an NFL coach operates in a crucible of criticism.

If Reid returns to the field on Monday, he’ll be second-guessed, by someone.

And while it’s important for Reid to ensure that his team continues to prepare for a season of high expectations, it’s also important for Reid to recognize that his team is grieving, too.  They knew Garrett.  As G.M. Howie Roseman said on Sunday, Garrett “grew up with the team.”

It won’t be easy for Reid or anyone else to make decisions that will be scrutinized by strangers or that will hold up to the harsh realities of hindsight.  It’s the first time since Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died 11 years ago that any team has had to process this kind of pain during training camp.  Everyone involved is trying to do the right thing in light of the simple fact that, once the real games start, no one is going to take it any easier against the Eagles.

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44 Responses to “According to Lurie, Reid could be back as soon as tomorrow”
  1. bigshirk says: Aug 5, 2012 7:31 PM

    Take your time andy, Take your time.

  2. flsnupe says: Aug 5, 2012 7:32 PM

    And with that headline, …

  3. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    Whoa, whoa, wait a minute………..

    Didn’t Andy Reid profess great remorse when at least the one boy got into trouble because he was working 16 hours a day seven days a week for long stretches at a time….and thus he wasnt there for them?

    Now this? What does that say for surviving family members or really for the profession of NFL coaching at all?

  4. drgreenstreak says: Aug 5, 2012 7:38 PM

    Go back to work, Andy. That’s what you’ve always done.
    You should’ve taken time off for Garrett years ago.

  5. greenkeeper15 says: Aug 5, 2012 7:40 PM

    Whatever he does no one has the right to criticize how this man and his family deal with this tragedy but I am sure it will start tomorrow begining with the biggest clown in all of philly tomorrow morning on wip. Good luck Reid family.

  6. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: Aug 5, 2012 7:40 PM

    What are you thinking Andy? Take the time to grieve and be there with your family. I cannot help but think that you will regret this move in the future.

  7. thelegends123 says: Aug 5, 2012 7:52 PM

    Chill with the second guessing folks… We have no idea who or what he is inside…we all know him as a fan of the game, and we always criticize him, but his players always love him like family.

    If he is there tomorrow that does not mean he will be there for 16 hours, that could mean 2 hours to talk with coaches about the rest of the week. We have no idea…

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 5, 2012 7:52 PM

    Terrible loss. Andy was known to spend all his waking hours (and sleeping hours) at the office, he should strong consider spending this time with his family now. Garrett had his demons, but more than anything i can’t help but think he just wanted his fathers attention to be on him sometimes rather than with the team and hence all the acting out and getting into trouble when he seemingly have everything in life at his disposal. Andy you have to make a change.

  9. vbe2 says: Aug 5, 2012 7:53 PM

    If Reid returns to the field on Monday, he’ll be second-guessed, by someone.
    =================================

    Why don’t you let the man go about this in HIS own way? Why are you already beginning to cast shadows upon him?

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 5, 2012 7:57 PM

    For Glory sake Andy, take some time with what’s left of your family! I know football is your life but there ARE other things of importance. And the team can survive for a week or so without you. Geeeshh.

  11. priestequalsaura says: Aug 5, 2012 7:57 PM

    people deal with grieving in different ways

    maybe working and having something to do will help him through it – usually in times like this just getting through the day is hard enough, so doing something productive and distracting is the only way he can cope.

  12. tebowspeech says: Aug 5, 2012 8:06 PM

    Dude was 29 and had a lot of advantages in life that most people only dream of.

    I’m sick of people trying to blame Andy Reid for “working too much”.

    At a certain point it’s on the kid to become an adult.

  13. #nastyswaggedout says: Aug 5, 2012 8:10 PM

    It’s the first time since Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died 11 years ago that any team has had to process this kind of pain during training camp.

    Because O.J. Murdock; a member of the Titans didn’t kill himself during training camp last week. His notoriety might not have been as high as Reid’s, but he was still a member of the Titans and I’m sure his team is grieving the loss of him.

  14. gbfanforever says: Aug 5, 2012 8:11 PM

    Yes I know people grieve in different ways but what about the other Reid family members that need Andy right now. I can’t imagine a football team needing him more than his wife and the rest of his family right now. That’s what family values are all about.

  15. rodeoclownclint24 says: Aug 5, 2012 8:13 PM

    How can he say this is the hardest thing a team has greived about in 11 years? Titans just lost a teamate last week the resound lost Shawn Taylor..I mean come on..

  16. rhf123 says: Aug 5, 2012 8:20 PM

    It’s clear to me that football is the only way Andy knows how to get through this.

  17. profootballwalk says: Aug 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    I seriously doubt most of the players care about the coach’s son. More likely they’re out in clubs partying tonight. At 29, the guy was too old to be a ‘mascot’ of these players – he was a grown man. Let’s get a grip here – it’s a family matter – how much do you care about your boss’s son?

  18. theuncletodd says: Aug 5, 2012 8:42 PM

    whatever Andy does, he does for himself and his family. Grieving takes many forms and perhaps, just perhaps, he saw this coming. I wish the best to him and his family. As South Park’s Mr. Mackey says, ‘Drugs are bad’.

  19. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 5, 2012 8:49 PM

    When you are the head of a family and a tragedy such as this occurs you need to think of what your family needs, your needs come second. I wonder what would help his wife grieve–her husband by her side or have him go right back to work? I wonder what his 4 other kids need–their dad by their side or havibg him go back to work? He is a football coach and in the long run will it make a difference if he misses a couple of days of preseason practice?

  20. raymondtx says: Aug 5, 2012 8:54 PM

    …maybe this is the exact reason why these boys had so many issues.

  21. flavordave says: Aug 5, 2012 8:58 PM

    Does anyone else find it odd to post a message as if Andy Reid is going to read it himself? Just strange how people post like theyre in the room arguing with the guy.

  22. gbfanforever says: Aug 5, 2012 9:00 PM

    “How can he say this is the hardest thing a team has greived about in 11 years? Titans just lost a teamate last week the resound lost Shawn Taylor..I mean come on..”

    Lets not also forget that coach Joe Phillbin lost his son last season…

  23. mcjon22 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:20 PM

    If my dad went back to work the day after I died, I would come back and beat him to a pulp. Just sayin’

  24. blackstonevalleykettlebells says: Aug 5, 2012 9:24 PM

    Hopefully Andy can make the funeral. We know how important the game plan is for that first exhibition. And there lies the problem, he works 18-20 hours a day and his kids had issues with drugs and weapons. Instead of being a father, he was more interested in making sure the Eagles played just good enough never to win a Super Bowl. And now he wants to get back to work? NFL coaches, take note. Your family is more important than an afternoon game on Sundays.

  25. buffbaker1216 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:44 PM

    Anyone who criticizes Andy or his family in this horrible time is a disgrace. Leave the man time to do what’s needed. He has taken enough over 13 years leave his personal life alone. Most fans rip him for his coaching and now that his son dies you rip him for never taking the time to be a father. How dare anyone throw stones at him when none of us are perfect.

  26. lnfinite says: Aug 5, 2012 9:46 PM

    It has to be tough on him, Andy is a classy coach.

  27. chazxcore says: Aug 5, 2012 9:56 PM

    Some of you people are making gross assumptions about him and being just hateful/idiotic. If he comes back tomorrow, that is his decision. If he sits out for weeks, again his decision. Maybe he needs to be around his players and coaches to help him grieve. I am sure whatever he does, it will done after talking to his wife and to the Eagles HO. Whatever he does, it is what he believes is the best for him, his family and his team.

  28. abninf says: Aug 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    I can only assume his family does not need him around to help deal with this.

  29. geo1113 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:58 PM

    profootballwalk says:
    Aug 5, 2012 8:23 PM
    At 29, the guy was too old to be a ‘mascot’ of these players – he was a grown man. Let’s get a grip here – it’s a family matter – how much do you care about your boss’s son?
    ——————————

    Yes. He was a grown man and the players knew him, so why wouldn’t they care. Just because you don’t care about your boss and his/her family, don’t assume the rest of us are that callous.

  30. drgreenstreak says: Aug 5, 2012 10:11 PM

    “Drugs are bad”
    Ya, so are guns. But somebody has to pull the trigger.

    The Reid family problems are people problems. Don’t blame drugs. Don’t blame money.
    Dungy giving advice to Andy “after” Garrett’s death makes me want to vomit.

  31. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 5, 2012 10:21 PM

    According to Lurie, Reid could be back as soon as tomorrow
    ———————————————————-
    You can delete this if you want, but the simple truth is that this right here explains why Reid’s son died.

    His son had a problem that everyone knew about, yet he died right there under Reid’s very nose, and it’s not even important enough to take a few days to grieve, to assess his own responsibility here?

    Andy Reid has a very important job, but unlike other coaches, he has completely sacrificed any attention his sons have needed, for the sake of the Eagles.

    This needs to be said.

  32. packerfan1000 says: Aug 5, 2012 10:36 PM

    Hopefully Andy can make the funeral. We know how important the game plan is for that first exhibition. And there lies the problem, he works 18-20 hours a day and his kids had issues with drugs and weapons. Instead of being a father, he was more interested in making sure the Eagles played just good enough never to win a Super Bowl. And now he wants to get back to work? NFL coaches, take note. Your family is more important than an afternoon game on Sundays.

    ——-

    And yet we are the ones who criticize these coaches to no end when they don’t put up wins for the team we root for.

    Tragedies are always a time to look in the mirror at yourself, take an inventory of the way you operate, and change what’s necessary. Let’s not forget to do this.

  33. yojoemama says: Aug 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    It doesn’t surprise me that he can come back to work the next day. When Garrett got arrested 3 years ago for heroin use, Reid kept coaching full steam instead of walking away from team to attend to his child. Not much difference now.

  34. ire2661 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:02 PM

    Thats so nice that Andy gets to go back to work tomorrow so he can cope with this horrific loss. Anybody wondering what his wife gets to do while her husband just goes off to work? Way to put your job ahead of your grieving wife jacka$$. I know if I lost my daughter, the last thing I would do is leave the next day to go off to work and leave my wife behind. People need to think about this before they so often refer to him as a “great man”

  35. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 5, 2012 11:23 PM

    Those of you who are judging Andy Reid should be ashamed of yourselves. It isnt your place to decide how much time he should take off, or if he was a good parent. You sit there at your computer and act like you’re some kind of expert, dishing out worthless advice. Way to kick a man while he’s already on the ground….dealing with pain few of you can even imagine. Reading your comments made me want to puke.

  36. 805_9er says: Aug 5, 2012 11:42 PM

    What the hell is wrong with that state?

    The biggest University almost has it’s program killed for allowing a predator to operate on campus.

    One pro team has a rapist for a QB and the other one has a dog murderer…

    Now this…

    Stay classy PA!!!

  37. ebb5000 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:56 PM

    it’s seems everybody is just assuming it was drugs because he had a history a couple of yrs ago. it’s also possible it was something natural. to just jump out and say drugs isn’t fair to him. all we know is he had a problem. he could have not touched anything in yrs.

  38. dboy10 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:10 AM

    This is 1 of those times where yalls opinion/views dont mean a thing & should be kept to yourself. A man just lost a child….who cares what he does. & esp., who cares what we think!

  39. autoriot says: Aug 6, 2012 1:18 AM

    Ahhh, you said “during training camp”, never mind!

  40. llucc10 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:28 AM

    RIP garrett. regardless of the past, andy and the reid family still lost a son. shouldnt have to bury your kids. its sad.

    coming from a diehard eagles fan, us philly fans appreciate the kind words from everybody, even our rivals. too many people are so rude about this stuff.. its not even about football anymore. its about a respected man who lost his son. its a shame that people have to act like five year olds on here…

    but for the people who are sending their condolences, philly fans thank you.

  41. gennieleko says: Aug 6, 2012 6:11 AM

    You can’t second guess someone at a time like this. Everyone has their own way of dealing with a tragedy and I fully understand his choice.

    I adored my father. I stayed awake, holding his hand for 3 days straight when he went into a coma. I ate a banana once, when someone forced me to, but I really had no stomach for food or anything else at the time. When he finally passed away all I wanted to do is eat and get some sleep. We had the service the next morning and I was back at work the next day – and I was grateful to be doing something normal again. The thought of sitting around wallowing in the overwhelming sorrow that I felt was too much. I knew that my position would be covered and I certainly was not expected to show up but work is where I wanted to be.

  42. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 6, 2012 8:27 AM

    Everyone is jumping to the conclusion it was a drug related death, which is understandable given his history of drug use and the fact he was only 29. It very well could be an overdose…but until the toxicology report comes back, it’s just speculation. Either way, the Reid’s lost a son. They are living the ultimate nightmare for parents…having to bury a child. Try to have the decency to be respectful. By the way, what does Penn Sate or Michael Vick have to do with any of this??? The ultimate irony is the level of your hipocracy….telling PA to “stay classy.” Maybe you should take your own advice.

  43. karla1953 says: Aug 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    Prayers to the Family. Not going to comment on the right or wrong way for a person to grieve. Grief is very personal and not the same for all…….

  44. eagleschic says: Aug 6, 2012 7:06 PM

    Who the hell are you people to criticize Andy for how he decides to grieve for his son??? And some of you want to blame him for working too much as to why Garrett had a drug problem? Anyone with a brain knows that drug addiction is a disease and you can babysit your kids 24/7 and if they want to get high, they are going to get high. If you have no experience in life watching someone you love suffer from addiction, then YOU HAVE NO CLUE and have no right to speak on the matter. I can’t believe you morons are blaming Andy. He is a family oriented, religious man who’s wife was a stay at home mom. They have other children that turned out very well. I’m just appalled at all you self-righteous jerks. Let the man grieve however he pleases. Grief is private and dealt with differently by everyone. I just don’t understand how anyone can decide someone else’s grieving process and determine what is right or wrong. He lost HIS son, let him be. God be with you and your family Andy.

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