Andy Reid: Vick is still starter but 'we'll evaluate it as we go'
Did Eagles coach Andy Reid really imply Monday that Michael Vick's job could be in danger?
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Whenever Eagles coach Andy Reid has been asked about quarterback Michael Vick, his support has been unwavering. Even though Vick entered Sunday’s game with six interceptions and a lost fumble through two weeks, there wasn’t much of a thought about the possibility of replacing him (especially since Philadelphia was 2-0).
But after another turnover-fest (and a dominating Cardinals win to boot), Reid’s answer was slightly different when reporters asked him Monday if he thought about looking at other non-Vick options.
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"Right now, we're with Michael and that's what we're doing," Reid said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We'll evaluate it as we go."
We’ll evaluate it as we go?!? Well, that’s certainly different, because Vick has been the unquestioned offensive leader for the team since 2010.
But the quality of Vick’s play this season has diminished. Vick ranks third in yards per game with 301.7. But he’s also leading the NFL with six interceptions, he’s 29th in the league in quarterback rating, and he’s taking way too many hits when he’s scrambling or running (we say this every year, but every year, the cumulative punishment continues to add up -- plus, he’s a year older).
The problem with the Eagles' situation is they don’t have a Kevin Kolb-like backup. Instead, they have rookie Nick Foles, who captured Eagles fans’ imagination by performing well in the preseason (Trent Edwards also is on the roster).
But Foles was also facing vanilla schemes and the opposing teams’ backups when he was playing so solidly.
Starting in a regular-season NFL game would be slightly different. Which perhaps is why Reid said, “No,” when asked if Foles would get more practice reps.
For now, it seems like the chances are slim that anybody other than Vick will play quarterback for the Eagles, mostly because the team is tied for first in the NFC East. But if Philadelphia begins to falter and the team’s playoff chances begin to dwindle, we wonder how long Reid will stick with Vick under center.
Especially if it becomes clear that, like CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is hearing, the league has solved Vick.
Because, remember, Reid’s job is on the line as well.
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