Reid, Vick focused on Giants, but with one eye on 2013
This just in: Andy Reid said Friday he wants to coach next season, and minutes later, Michael Vick said he would be happy to remain the Eagles' starting quarterback.
In a related development, I would be content to win the lottery and move to Bali.
Nobody was surprised that Reid said he wants to coach - the question was asked to clear up a rumor about Reid somehow remaining with the Eagles in a noncoaching role for the final year of his contract - or that Vick would like to remain aboard as a starter, in the city where he resurrected his career.
Reid might indeed coach, somewhere else, after 14 years here that ended in two successive horribly disappointing seasons with a team pegged to contend.
Vick will make $16.5 million if he quarterbacks here next season. Rookie Nick Foles probably showed enough promise for the Eagles to move forward with him, so Vick's chances of quarterbacking them in 2013 would seem only slightly less remote than Reid's chances of coaching them.
But Friday was the last day of media access before the season finally, mercifully drags to an end Sunday against the Giants at Met Life Stadium. Reporters were at the point at which they were even starting to bore themselves with repetitive, unanswerable questions. When did it all go wrong? (A long while back now. Maybe it was this game, maybe it was that game, maybe it was the end of the 2010 season, when Vick first started to struggle.) Wasn't this team supposed to be good? (Yes, yes, it was. We've spent the last 3 months delving into why it wasn't. For the love of God, can we move on soon?)
Reid and Vick will be moving on soon. Reid was asked Friday whether he has spoken with team chairman Jeffrey Lurie yet about next season. Of course, he has not; Lurie said before the season he would evaluate things when the season ended, and it won't end until Sunday, as much as we all wish some sort of unilateral declaration of finito was possible.
Reid was asked whether things turned out the way he expected, when the Eagles signed Vick fresh out of federal prison in August 2009.
"I'm just happy for him that, besides the football part, his life is in order," Reid said. "He's living the way he wants to live, and that's a positive. That's the most important thing. He's handling that well right now. The football part, both of us would have loved to have won more games this year and last year, but the most important thing for him right now was getting his life back in order. He's done that."
The Eagles were 3-1 after beating the Giants at the Linc on Sept. 30. They've lost 10 of 11 since that day.
Asked about that on Friday, Vick referenced "an array of things that happened, that weren't supposed to happen, that we didn't expect."
As tight end Brent Celek put it: "There are so many what-ifs. Who knows? But the things that we could control, on the field, we just didn't play that well."
Asked how all those expectations came down to 4-11 and trying to get fired up about maybe knocking the misfiring Giants out of the playoffs in the finale, Vick said: "It's different, because we didn't expect such an abrupt ending. It's a part of the game. It happens to teams all around the league, year-in and year-out. The thing you have to do is just learn from the situation, figure out what you have to do moving forward to get better."
Asked about coming back to the Eagles, Vick first said he would "have to just sit back and think about what has transpired, and look at the situation as a whole."
That situation as a whole would include the probability that Foles is the 2013 starter, of course. (And no, we don't know what would happen if Oregon coach Chip Kelly took over, with his preference for mobile QBs. But we might have a pretty good idea of what Lurie would think of having to pay Vick $16.5 million, after never having won a playoff game with him in three seasons as starter.)
"Of course you'd like to come back and play," said Vick, who also said, "I've never been so close with so many people I've worked with."
"I want to be a starter in this league. I can't see myself not being a starter right now. I feel like I have too much talent, too much to offer."
Vick hasn't played the Giants on the road since Dec. 19, 2010, when he led the Eagles back from a 21-point deficit to a 38-31 victory in the final 8 minutes, the comeback capped by DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown as time expired.
"The last time I played in New York, it was a different situation for us. We had a lot to play for," Vick said. Then he quickly added, "We've still got a lot to play for." That would not seem to be at all true, but Vick knows it is the sort of thing quarterbacks are expected to say.
"It was a great game," he said.
Vick hasn't taken the field since suffering a concussion in a game against Dallas Nov. 11. He was cleared for last week's game against Washington, but was designated the third quarterback and was inactive; Vick thought his season was over, then suddenly found out Monday it wasn't, when an MRI showed Foles had suffered a hairline fracture of the second metacarpal on his throwing hand.
"Maybe a little rust, but who knows?" Vick said Friday. "I haven't taken a live game snap in 8 weeks. I'm pretty sure the game hasn't changed too much, and I pretty much know what to expect going in. I'm very excited about it and confident."
Tight end Evan Moore missed practice Friday with back spasms and was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game . . . Concussion victims Fletcher Cox (defensive tackle) and Mychal Kendricks (linebacker) are out . . . Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (knee) was listed as limited in practice Friday but is probable for the game . . . Not that you care, but due diligence: For the 8-7 Giants to make the playoffs, they must beat the Eagles, the Bears and Vikings must lose, and the Cowboys have to lose or tie . . . Brent Celek said a few weeks ago that Andy Reid "said don't worry about him - he's going to be OK . . . just worry about us, playing football. Very unselfish, all-about-the-team-type guy."