If you listen to Eagles coach Andy Reid, he’s quick to say he’s going nowhere when it comes to leaving the Philadelphia Eagles. Speculation has been running that Reid is on his way out of Philly, possibly to be replaced by current Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden. Even though the Eagles are struggling this season, Reid says he’s going nowhere. “The only way I don’t finish up coaching this year is if I die,” Reid told FOX Sports. “Are you kidding me? I don’t know where this story came from, how it started, but it couldn’t be any further from the truth. I am definitely not stepping away! It’s amazing how this story came up and then got legs, but there’s no way.”
There must have been legs somewhere to the story, but at the same time, it sounds like Reid is serious about putting the issues that have started all the rumors aside as he tries to get the Eagles back to at least .500. One issue that has been troubling Reid is that his two sons have been in legal trouble, and that would push him out the door before the end of the season.
“The one thing I’ve learned throughout this whole thing is that I’m not alone in dealing with family issues,” said Reid. “There are people who own businesses, run corporations, and they have problems too but don’t walk away. Everyone has family or personal issues, but they don’t quit their jobs.” Don’t be surprised if the Eagles continue to struggle that the rumors of Reid saying “so long” at the end of the season continue, and that if he uses his son’s issues as the reason for stepping down at the end of 2007.