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Monday, November 19, 2012
Andy Reid says he won't quit

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Andy Reid said Monday that he won't resign as the Philadelphia Eagles' coach because quitting on his team would be a "cop-out" after he has asked the players to keep fighting.

Reid made his comments after the Eagles dropped their sixth straight game Sunday. The Philadelphia Daily News, citing a high-ranking team source, reported Monday that the longtime Eagles coach wouldn't be fired this week and would coach Philadelphia against the Panthers next Monday night.

"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 told reporters. "And so I think that would be a cop-out. That's not how I see things. That's not the way I'm wired. We're going to keep battling and do it as a team. I'm not going to tell the guys one thing and then do the other."

The last-place Eagles (3-7) are mired in their longest single-season losing streak since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season.

Reid said owner Jeffrey Lurie, who had said before the season that another 8-8 season would be unacceptable, was disappointed with the Eagles' results this season.

"Nobody wants to win more than Jeffrey. He's disappointed and rightly so. He feels the same way we do, that we're letting people down in this city and so on. That's what I can tell you," Reid said, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Reid is in his 14th season with Philadelphia, a tenure that includes five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance. His 139 wins are the most by a coach in Eagles history, but he's 11-15 over the past two seasons.

He said Monday he accepts responsiblity for the Eagles' subpar results this season, admitting that "my leadership right now isn't good enough."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.