Eagles rally around embattled coach Andy Reid

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — From rookies to veterans, the Philadelphia Eagles fully support Andy Reid.

While many fans wanted him fired a long time ago and the media expects he'll be gone next week, Reid's players are firmly behind their embattled coach.

"I feel like Coach Reid will be here," LeSean McCoy said Thursday. "That's my mindset until I'm told otherwise. He's a great coach. I support him. I think he should stay here."

Almost to a man, other players expressed similar thoughts. That's a rarity these days in the NFL. Players are known to grumble about their coach, especially when a team isn't having much success and he's on the hot seat.

It's a different story in Philadelphia. In all corners of the locker room, the Eagles have Reid's back. You won't even find players complaining about him off the record, and no one has said he should go.

"If you look at Coach Reid's track record, the things he's been able to accomplish is going to be hard to top," Michael Vick said. "It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment, and the one thing I can say is he committed himself to being the best coach that he could be and having his players in the best possible position week in and week out to try to win the games.

"You don't win them all and every good thing comes to an end. If that is the case, we don't know and the same thing for me, throughout it all I can say we stay confident, we had fun and we're going to try to go out and win this last one."

The Eagles (4-11) close out a dismal season at the New York Giants (8-7) on Sunday. For the second straight year, they began with high expectations only to fail miserably. It's a widespread assumption it will cost Reid his job.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie said before the season that another 8-8 finish would be "unacceptable." He also said "we need substantial improvement" for him to give Reid a contract extension. Reid, though, has one more year left on his deal for about $6 million.

"We really hope he's back next year," Jason Avant said.

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