|It looks like Mornhinweg will still call plays for Vick against the Falcons in Week 8. (US Presswire)|
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Tuesday for, among other things, the defense blowing fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back games.
At the time, Reid said "I'm starting with myself and I've done that and I'm going through and evaluating our football team, both coaches and players."
This comment -- as well as the team's performance the first six weeks -- had some fans wondering why Reid was concerning himself with the defense when the biggest issues were on the other side of the ball with turnovers and playcalling.
"I have always said that I'm going to do what I think is best for the Philadelphia Eagles and at this time I think this move is the best," Reid said Tuesday. "3-3, obviously, puts you as an average football team and right now, I think we're better than that. I'm going to do what I think is right to make us better and at this particular time, this is what I feel. I'll continue to go through and evaluate all the situations and, again, I think that's very important that I do so."
Well, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, it looks like Reid has completed his evaluations of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterback Michael Vick and neither will lose his job.
"Vick will remain the starting quarterback when the 3-3 Eagles face the 6-0 Falcons (in Week 8) and Mornhinweg will still call the offensive plays, according to team sources," McLane wrote Thursday.
Vick, who has 13 of the team's 17 turnovers, has been wildly inconsistent this season. Part of the issue has been a shaky offensive line plagued by injuries. But those are excuses. Every team has injury issues and if Reid truly believe this group is better than average, it has to start with the quarterback.
We've previously pointed to Vick's struggles with pre-snap reads, and CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco has more examples from last week's loss to the Lions.
If Vick's play doesn't improve, we could see rookie third-rounder Nick Foles. Reid prefers veterans but he's already been put on notice by team president Jeffrey Lurie, who said back in August that "You know, my expectations, I've said it before and I said it after last season (that) I expect a substantially improved team. We all thought we were better than 8-8 but we weren't because your record tells you what you were. …
"Again, I am not going to make blanket statements," Lurie continued. "I really wanted to try to explain to you that 8-8 was unacceptable. Yeah, I guess if two thirds of the team is not playing there are always exceptions. That was a really unacceptable outcome. I just want to reiterate that."
We're beginning to think that Vick's summertime promise that Reid won't get fired may not carry much weight.
"Let's just say that won't happen,” Vick said in May. “Not on my watch. And I'll say that in front of the whole world.”
A good start to keeping his word: not leading the league in turnovers.
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