Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie spoke to the media about the unexpected death of Andy Reid's son, Garrett, on Sunday and said he believes Reid will be back coaching sooner rather than later.
“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. That’s been obvious, I think, from the beginning of training camp to all of us, but he wanted me to know that," Lurie said. "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."
Lurie later said, "I expect Andy to be coaching this week; in fact, I know he feels that way and he is very, very focused on both his family and his profession. I can’t think of anything else to say except, when you’re dealing with a family in pain, be gentle and, at the same time, understand that at times they’re going to exhibit strength because that’s what they need to do. I think that’s all what we need to do."
- Andy Reid