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Reid has no plans to leave Eagles despite judge's criticism

PHILADELPHIA -- Andy Reid is digging in.

The Philadelphia Eagles coach insisted he will not resign Friday, a day after a judge sentenced Reid's two sons to prison and likened his home to a "drug emporium."

Asked whether he intended to stay on the job, a steely-eyed Reid delivered a stern, one-word answer: "Yes."

At least one of his peers thought that may not be the best approach.

"If that situation comes up in anybody's family, I would think you would have to take a hard look at taking time off, of doing something to try and salvage the thing," said Reid's longtime friend and mentor, Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.

Reid took a five-week absence earlier this year. At his regular news conference Friday, he said more about his sons' legal problems than he had previously.

"I know this is a big story for everybody and I respect that," Reid said. "On the other hand, I can't go into questioning on it at this time.

"However, as parents we have huge concerns for our two boys. This has been a battle we have dealt with here for a few years and I'm sure we'll continue to address the situation. ... Our prayers are obviously with the boys, for their future, and to make sure things work out, where they can live a normal life down the road," he said.

The Eagles are last in the NFC East at 3-4 and host the division-leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. During their final full practice before the game, Reid stood behind the offense and directed quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, A.J. Feeley and Kevin Kolb as TV commentator John Madden and Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie looked on.

Lurie did not take questions from the press. Cornerback Sheldon Brown backed his coach.

"He has done everything he could. He went out, worked his butt off to make sure he made a good life for his family," Brown said. "Through that he showed his kids ... It is up to the kids to learn from it.

"At the end of the day, each individual makes his own decision and has to be held accountable for his own actions," Brown said.

On Friday, prosecutors charged 24-year-old Garrett Reid with five additional drug counts related to 89 pills he had smuggled into prison. His cellmate said he saw Reid remove the pills from his rectum and that Reid offered him some of the pills.

On Thursday night, police searched the Reid home to corroborate
the cellmate's story. The coach's wife, Tammy Reid, provided
investigators with prescriptions in Garrett Reid's name and a
search of his room turned up other prescriptions in his brother's
name. They also found two syringes and eight needles in his room,
according to prosecutors.

On Thursday, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill called the Reids a "family in crisis" and questioned whether brothers Britt and Garrett Reid should return to their parents' home after they serve their jail terms.

"There isn't any structure there that this court can depend upon," O'Neill said.

The judge noted that Andy and Tammy Reid love their sons and have supported them through repeated attempts at drug rehabilitation. But he wondered aloud how the parents could be blind to the long list of drugs, guns and ammunition that police found in the Reids' home and vehicles.

"These are highly addictive medications that are just around the house with two addicts in it," O'Neill said. "It sounds more or less like a drug emporium."

That same day, 22-year-old Britt Reid detailed his eight-year struggle with painkillers and other drugs as he was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail for pointing a gun at another driver on Jan. 30. He also pleaded guilty to charges including carrying a firearm without a license.

Garrett Reid was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail for a high-speed crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, steroids and more than 200 pills in his car and he admitted using heroin on the day of the crash.