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Andy Reid: Eagles are letting the fans down, but I’ll never quit

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When he walks out onto Lincoln Financial Field a week from tonight, Eagles coach Andy Reid knows he’s going to hear the loudest boos of his coaching career. But he says he can live with that.

Reid said at his press conference today that he believes he and his team have let the fans down this season, but there’s no chance that he’ll resign as the head coach.

“I know we’re letting the fans down and the city down — I completely understand that,” Reid said. “There are no excuses.”

But when asked if he would ever quit, Reid insisted that he wouldn’t do that.

“I’m telling the team we need to continue to battle,” Reid said. “Giving up would a copout. . . . We’ll keep fighting.”

Reid, who is currently on the first six-game losing streak of his coaching career, said he’s not going to worry about anything outside his own locker room.

“You control what you can control,” Reid said. “For me, that’s getting us better as a football team.”

Reid likely has only six more games of trying to get better before his tenure in Philadelphia comes to an end.

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40 Responses to “Andy Reid: Eagles are letting the fans down, but I’ll never quit”
  1. azarkhan says: Nov 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    No, you’ll be fired.

  2. stevenray72 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:38 PM

    Andy Reid needs the support of the fan base. Booing will not solve any problems. This organization only has its self to blame. No Super Bowl victories ever speaks for itself.

  3. lbpackfan says: Nov 19, 2012 12:41 PM

    You not quitting OR being fired yet IS letting the fans down.

  4. bangitfootball says: Nov 19, 2012 12:42 PM

    Dear Coach Reid, please explain why LeSean McCoy was playing at the end of a game that was completely out of reach to win? Your bs answer that you where trying to win dosent hold up. You already lost your star QB to a concussion and now its your fault your star RB suffered the same fate. Youd think a rational coach would be extra careful playing McCoy after what happened to Vick. You dont have a clue.

  5. lambeauphan says: Nov 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    For whatever reason, it is very satisfying to see teams that spend a TON of money on free agency fail.

  6. mikoltz says: Nov 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    Yea ok sure randy just don’t show up on the Browns door step… we need someone fresh and new

  7. jagsfan1 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:53 PM

    He just needs to do a better job

  8. northernwisc says: Nov 19, 2012 12:56 PM

    Can I just point out that this headline is very misleading. It comes across as Coach Reid is putting the blame elsewhere and that isn’t the case at all.

    Also, it has to be a very tough year for him with losing his son. However he did make the decision to keep coaching and not take the year off – I get that but it still has to be the toughest year of his coaching career.

  9. dankil13 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:59 PM

    Of course he won’t quit… he’s due to make $5M next year.

  10. garcia95 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:00 PM

    Fire everybody after last game. Admit to the mistake of giving Roseman another 5 years and buy him out. Hire Bill Polian to clean up this mess.

  11. greymares says: Nov 19, 2012 1:00 PM

    the man is not a quitter like Gruden and Cowher and 7 million Eagle fans can want him fired but until LURIE wants him fired he’s the coach. if that doesn’t please you give up your tickets they will be re-sold in 20min. even with Reid the coach

  12. dankil13 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:01 PM

    @Steveray – Reid has never done anything to win the fans over, and his arogance only grew as the years have gone by. Meanwhile, 14 years later he makes the same mistakes.

    The only good decision Reid made in his time here was hiring Jim Johnson. If not for that decision, Reid would have prob been a head coach in this league for 3 or 4 years!

  13. gumbogumbo says: Nov 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    I understand the concept of leading by example in “never quitting” and that giving up now would be a “cop-out” but C’mon Man! Andy, you’ve gotta take a step back and look at the big picture. 3-7 with 6 losses in a row is inexcusable. I’ve been frustrated in years past with Reid’s decision making (on many levels) but this year is a complete joke. Let it go. It’s like the Sopranos – It’s Over – find a new TV show (team) and move on.

  14. fuglyflorio says: Nov 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    OK boys … now let’s rally around the coaching staff. Get out there and give it your all.

  15. scrp2 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    I’m glad Howie Roseman is staying. No sense in throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

  16. vicksprman says: Nov 19, 2012 1:05 PM

    Nope they are letting themselves down, as fans we’ll get over this, but after the debacle this season has been some of these players and coaches will be looking for new careers.

  17. cereal blogger says: Nov 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    Just words Andy,,,nobody see’s any fight out of your team. Move on

  18. jnova80 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:08 PM

    He’s not going to quit letting the fans down?

  19. deenice810 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    Andy you haven’t quit but your team has and so have
    many of the fans.

  20. conormacleod says: Nov 19, 2012 1:15 PM

    You mean he isn’t going to walk away from millions of dollars? Ya, I’m shocked too.

  21. dragonfly99 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    Of course he won’t quit, he is still under a very high paying contract. He won’t quit and Lurie won’t fire him. Just blame the assistants and fire them. Good Luck next year Eagle fans.

  22. shootahcowboy says: Nov 19, 2012 1:31 PM

    Dear Coach Reid, please explain why LeSean McCoy was playing at the end of a game that was completely out of reach to win? Your bs answer that you where trying to win dosent hold up. You already lost your star QB to a concussion and now its your fault your star RB suffered the same fate. Youd think a rational coach would be extra careful playing McCoy after what happened to Vick. You dont have a clue.

    —————————————————-

    His response, “We were trying to win the game.”

    Don’t believe me, look it up….

  23. fmwarner says: Nov 19, 2012 1:41 PM

    Honestly, some people have the memory of a gnat. I’m sure more than one good decision led to Reid’s impressive 14 year run and multiple deep playoff runs. That stuff doesn’t happen by accident. And yeah, after the season he deserves to be fired. But don’t get it twisted – that doesn’t mean he’s sucked for 14 years or that he was never any good. Respect where it’s due.

  24. mungman69 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:41 PM

    Can the Eagles beat anyone? If they can’t beat Carolina they might win only one game all year.

  25. jbell33139 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:50 PM

    ” No Super Bowl victories ever speaks for itself.”

    The Eagles were the first World Champions – EVER.

    Renaming the championship game doesn’t change that.

  26. scoonie97 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:53 PM

    I don’t like the Eagles, but their fans are the worst. One bad year, where EVERYTHING went wrong and they’re ready to crucify this guy.

    I hope Reid is relieved when the organization and him part ways. They fought the good fight and took a couple chances to see it through. It failed, so what?

    Philly fans are about as dramatic as teenaged girls.

  27. fmwarner says: Nov 19, 2012 2:04 PM

    mungman69 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:41 PM

    Can the Eagles beat anyone? If they can’t beat Carolina they might win only one game all year.
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    That would be an impressive feat, especially since they’ve already won three.

  28. rawhead08 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Funny how everyone complains about lack of touches for McCoy, then he gets hurt and they still complain lol. He’s their best player. You give him the ball no matter what!

  29. daddyb1gdrawz says: Nov 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Well, I am operating from the notion that Vick is not hurt. I believe the Eagles wanted to save face and caving to the fans pressure to play the backup. They got their wish and the team did not believe in the strategy and it showed up big in their lukewarm effort against the Skins. Yes, the same Skins team ranked 30th in passing defense. The Eagles have two of the most explosive receivers in the game, they answer by completing one catch for five yards between them. I guarantee you a concussed Vick would have performed better than that.

  30. muir6 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    Dynasty

  31. justintuckrule says: Nov 19, 2012 2:41 PM

    love it

  32. bobbyhoying says: Nov 19, 2012 2:41 PM

    Joe Kuharic would make you appreciate Andy.

  33. chrisvegas says: Nov 19, 2012 2:41 PM

    I feel for Reid as a person. He is a good guy and has had a really tough year. I think the Eagles should let him go so he can take some time off. He looks worn out to me and beaten down. I think Reid is an ok coach but 15 years of coaching is to much without a break. Take a break big guy then get back to coaching. The rest of the league has caught up to him. He needs to change the way he does things and stop being so predictable. Sometimes taking some time away from the game can help. Look at Dick Vermeil, he came back and won a superbowl after doing just that.

  34. fdugrad says: Nov 19, 2012 3:01 PM

    I wonder if coach R. has seen Bogart’s part in “The Caine Mutiny?” He is starting to remind me a little of him. If he brings out the three steel marbles and begins playing with them, we will know for sure!

  35. briang123 says: Nov 19, 2012 3:03 PM

    If he hired T.O. PR spokeswoman, she’d remind us that Andy Reid has millions of reasons why he ain’t quitting.

  36. mrlaloosh says: Nov 19, 2012 3:04 PM

    Is Kotite available?

  37. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    scoonie97 – while I like Andy’s resume and it’s been great to be the fan of the eagles for the last 14 years with reid in charge, you are letting him off the hook by blaming fans for wanting him gone.

    2 bad years, not one, consecutively, where the bulk of the errors made can be pretty easily traced back to gameplan/gameday coaching and personel decisions. It’s on Andy; just ask Andy.

  38. datpinoyboy68 says: Nov 19, 2012 5:29 PM

    He just needs to take his Wimpy looking self back out west..I am sure San Diego will hire him on the spot. Cannot believe that guys like Billick state that he is the best coach in the league. If he is right, then why Reid cannot seem to get out of this funk? Poor coaching decisions along with questionable draft picks equals that it’s time to take your ball and go home…PLEASE!

  39. thesmedman says: Nov 19, 2012 6:19 PM

    Translation: pay me to go.

  40. londonps says: Nov 19, 2012 6:55 PM

    You play to win the game…crying or putting blame on Reid is stupid

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