Asked at what point he will consider a QB change given the high turnover rate, Reid said Monday that Vick was his quarterback “right now” and that they would “evaluate as we go.” That got a lot of wheels turning.
“It was the way it was interpreted,” Reid on Wednesday. “That’s not what I had in mind. I’ve talked to Mike…to make sure we clarified. Bad semantics there.”
“We talked about it. We spoke about it,” said Vick. “But it wasn’t anything serious. We’re in a position where we have to look forward to this week, we have to get ready for this game. That’s what’s most important. Outside distraction can’t become a deterrent to this team.”
The Eagles, of course, have the Giants coming in Sunday night for their first divisional game of the young season. It is understandably the sole focus of this team right now. On the outside, though, it is fair to wonder what might happen if the turnovers pile high once again in prime time against New York.
Vick was asked if he is worried about his job security.
“No, not all,” said Vick. “I know [the turnovers] can be corrected, that’s the most important thing. I know I can get my job done week in and week out.
“I heard [the comments] but I don’t really pay attention to what’s being said unless I hear it from Coach himself. Other than that, we talked about it, and it’s all about me going out and getting ready for this week against New York.”
Vick’s 66.3 quarterback rating is the fourth lowest in the NFL (only Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler have worse numbers) and he has only completed 55 percent of his throws. Most of the heat, though, is because of ball security. He has nine of the team’s 12 turnovers through three games.
“Not all those are Mike’s fault,” said Brent Celek. “I take credit for one of those because it bounced off my hands. But those are things that we can all fix. We all focus just a little bit harder, pay attention to the small details, and those are the kind of things that can be cleaned up.”
Vick’s teammates are aware of the fire their quarterback has come under. Some were asked how the locker room has responded.
“We’re doing the same thing — we support him no matter what,” said Evan Mathis. “Whatever criticism anyone is receiving, we’re supporting each other the same way no matter what. We’re a family here.”