Saturday, August 25, 2007


Andy Reid need not give a blow-by-blow account of his feelings in the ongoing legal issues facing his son Britt, who recently was handcuffed and hauled off to prison after reportedly violating the terms of his bail. But based on the way Reid handled the same kind of personal business earlier this year, the Eagles' head coach owes an answer to the question, are you going to take a leave of absence? A simple 'no' would suffice. A 'yes' would require more effort. Threatening to walk out of a news conference is out of line. The ongoing troubles of Britt Reid so close to the regular season make the LOA question legitimate. The recent developments cannot help but be on the mind of his father, and could impact the way he coaches. Andy Reid, and Andy Reid alone, should be the one to make the call whether he continues coaching or backs off. Stepping away from the game would be the ultimate statement about family, how family comes first. At his salary, Reid certainly can afford to do so. At the same time, Reid doesn't want to enable his sons. Whatever Reid decides will define his future here.


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