PHILADELPHIA - If Andy Reid wants to remain head coach of the Eagles beyond this season, he better hope owner Jeffrey Lurie isn't watching the playoffs from home again.
During his annual state-of-the-team address Thursday, Lurie expressed sympathy for Reid and his family in the wake of the death of his son, Garrett, earlier this month at training camp. He also voiced his admiration for the way Reid has coped with what Lurie views as "immeasurable" pain while also trying to ready the team for the upcoming season.
But Lurie also made it clear that Reid's future depends on what happens on the field. A repeat of last season - when the Eagles finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs - will not be tolerated.
"Andy will always have our sympathy and support," Lurie said at Lincoln Financial Field prior to the Eagles' preseason finale against the New York Jets. "But this is a business. The expectation is to win and win big. I don't have a certain level (that has to be achieved) or anything like that. But 8-8 is unacceptable. It's really an unacceptable outcome."
Reid, who is entering his 14th season as head coach, has led the team to a 136-90-1 record since 1999. Under his tenure, the Eagles have made playoff nine appearances, won six division titles, reached five NFC championship games and reached the Super Bowl in the 2004 season.
Those feats no longer matter, however. The only goal he has yet to achieve, giving the Eagles their first league championship since 1960, is the one Lurie covets the most.
"There's a big emptiness because I feel like we've accomplished everything else (except winning a Super Bowl)," Lurie said. "It's really all I think about in terms of goals. It's kind of the one remaining goal. I think we've got the means to do it. Hopefully, we can make it happen."
If they don't, the Eagles could have a new head coach in 2013.