Eagles coach Andy Reid said he wants both Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb to return to the team, and he wants all of his coaching staff to return, too. When Reid, holding his season-ending news conference, was asked who he expects to be the starter when the team reconvenes, he said "we'll see."
"Listen, I'd love to have them all back," Reid said when asked if Kolb could return as a backup. Kolb is under contract for next season, Vick is not. "I'm fired up to hear him say that [that he wants to be a starter somewhere in the NFL]. You want any player, especially a quarterback, to want to be a great player. That's important at that position. I would love to have him back. Same with Michael. I want him back. They are tremendous players.
"I appreciate the coaches I have. It's the day after [the season ended]. I would like them all back."
Reid said he talked to Kolb today, but indicated it was not the serious talk about the future they are expected to have at some point.
Reid talked about how worthy offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is for a head-coaching job. "He deserves a head-coaching job," Reid said, who also defended defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, whose defense had the worst red-zone percentage in the league.
Perhaps significantly, for the first time, Reid said the Eagles' schemes will be among the things he evaluates in the offseason.
About the season, Reid said: "There were positives overall with the season. We were able to play young players who were able to get experience. Some of those young guys are going to be leaders on this team."
Reading between the lines, Reid seemed to be saying the team did about what it should have done, given youth, injuries, etc., though he said he didn't expect to be wrapping up the year today.
About the season-ending loss to Green Bay, Reid said: "There were some good things, some things we need to work on. Obviously, we need to work on red-zone defense, third downs on both sides of the football. Special teams were a factor. We left some plays out on the field in all three phases. Not anyone in particular."
About the offseason, Reid saide: "The offseason is important for coaches and players," he said. "We have to work on red-zone defense, eliminate the penalties. As coaches and players, we'll dissect everything, ourselves, our schemes and personnel. I expect the players to do the same thing. Be critical and be honest with yourself. Work on your weaknesses and make them strengths."
Reid was asked if the Eagles meet his expectations? "I also had it in there 'greedy' [to keep winning in the playoffs]. I didn't want to be here doing this. I expected us to move on and take the next game, and move on and take that one and go all the way," Reid said.
Players sounded similar themes. "I hate football right now," said defensive end Darryl Tapp, whose former Seattle teammates are going to Chicago to play the Bears, the matchup the Eagles would have gotten had they beaten Green Bay. "It's going to burn" watching the Seahawks, Tapp said.
Obviously, players have no idea what might happen with a lockout. "We feel there's going to be a season next year" strongside linebacker Moise Fokou said, even if they don't know when it will start.
Fans want to know about free agency, but the fact is, with the collective bargaining agreement expiring in March, right now there is no free agency. Lists of potential free agents are fairly useless. What will the restricted/unrestricted rules be? Last year you had to have six years service to be unrestricted. Does that figure go back to four in a new CBA, when there is a new CBA? Who can say?
Tight end Brent Celek noted "so many ups and downs" for an offense that had "all the talent in the world."
Celek said he was optimistic about the labor situation. "There's a lot of money out there," he said.