Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid wants to be on a sideline again next season.
Even if Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fires him after Sunday's season finale at the New York Giants, Reid has no plans to sit out the 2013 season or accept a front-office job.
"I do want to coach (next season)," Reid said Friday in quotes provided by the team. "That's what I want to do."
Reid indicated that he has not yet discussed his status for next season with Lurie. Reid has one year remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2009 and is scheduled to earn $7 million.
Before the season began, Lurie refused to give Reid another extension and said that another 8-8 finish - the Eagles' record in 2011 - would be unacceptable. The Eagles are 4-11 heading into Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. A loss would give them their worst record since they went 3-13 under coach Ray Rhodes in 1998. A 5-11 mark would match Reid's first season in 1999.
If Reid is dismissed, he figures to have plenty of suitors. He would be a candidate for any of the other NFL coaching vacancies that are expected to come up after the season, especially in San Diego and Cleveland.
Reid, who grew up in Los Angeles, has a vacation home in the San Diego area. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers would be a perfect fit with Reid's version of the West Coast offense. If Cleveland fires coach Pat Shurmur, Reid could be on the short list of new Browns president and longtime Eagles executive Joe Banner.
"I'm excited about getting ready for these New York Giants," Reid said Friday. "That's where I'm at right now."
Sunday's game also may be the last one for several Eagles players, including quarterback Michael Vick.
Vick is starting against the Giants in place of rookie Nick Foles, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a broken bone in his right (passing) hand. Vick has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game since suffering a concussion against Dallas on Nov. 11.
Whoever the Eagles' coach is next season will need to decide if he likes Foles enough to make him the full-time starter or if Vick deserves another chance to lead the offense. Vick is scheduled to make $15.5 million under the terms of the six-year, $100 million contract he signed before last season. Vick will almost certainly be asked to restructure his deal, whether he's with the Eagles or someone else.
Vick said Friday that he would love to return to Philadelphia, but only if he's a starter.
"I believe in myself and I believe I have a lot of football left to play," Vick said in quotes provided by the team. "I want to be a starter in this league. I can't see myself not being a starter right now. I just feel like I have too much talent and too much to offer."
Vick signed with the Eagles in 2009 after serving 23 months in federal prison after being convicted on charges related to operating a dog-fighting ring called "Bad Newz Kennels" in his hometown of Newport News, Va.
He was a backup to Donovan McNabb that first year and was scheduled to have the same role behind Kevin Kolb in 2010. However, Kolb suffered a concussion in the season opener against Green Bay. Vick took over and played well enough to make the Pro Bowl. Vick regressed in 2011 and struggled this season before getting a concussion.
The Eagles can release Vick at the end of the season and not owe him any compensation. If he is still on the roster on Feb. 6, 2013, the date of the upcoming Super Bowl, Vick would get a $3 million payout upon being cut.
"I have to just sit back and think about what has transpired and look at the situation as a whole," Vick 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."
Extra points: Rookie starters Fletcher Cox (defensive tackle) and Mychal Kendricks (outside linebacker) were declared out for Sunday's game with concussions. Backup tight end Evan Moore, who dropped a potential touchdown pass last Sunday against Washington, is doubtful with back spasms.
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