Andy Reid will not be returning as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, but his future plans does mean a return to the NFL, perhaps with a team that could use a veteran head.
Reid hasn’t addressed what he will do after the Eagles because his focus has been 100 percent on the next game, which is a stance he took again on Friday when asked about his future in the NFL.
But Reid was emphatic about one thing — no matter what happens with Philadelphia, he doesn’t plan on taking a season off before resuming his coaching career.
“I want to coach,” Reid said. “That’s what I want to do. … I do want to coach.”
Quarterback Michael Vick, who is expected to be released at the end of the season, wants to play even though, like Reid, he isn’t sure where he’ll be next season.
“I can’t even see that far ahead right now,” Vick said on Friday when asked if he thinks he’ll be back with the Eagles next season.
“I try to live in the present,” the quarterback said. “I can’t really dictate my future as of right now. I just have to go as everything goes. Like I’ve said, I believe in myself and I believe I have a lot of football to play. Hopefully, things will work out, who knows where.”
If he has his choice, Vick said he’d like to come back to the Eagles, but there are a lot of factors involved and most of them are out of his control.
“I have to just sit back and think about what has transpired and look at the situation as a whole,” he said. “Of course, you would like to come back and play. I love the organization and I love what they’ve done for me. That’s genuine and I’m not just saying that. Outside of football, the relationships that I’ve been able to develop and the personalities that are in the building — I’ve never been so close to so many people that I’ve worked with.
“If not, it’s been wonderful and I understand the nature of this business. At some point, we all have to move on.”
However, while Reid is expected to become a coach with a different organization, Vick said he won’t join a team if it means sitting on the bench.