Vick: Reid Is Obviously Thinking About Making A QB Change

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick

Following a 30-17 loss that the head coach himself deemed “embarrassing,” Andy Reid was asked if a quarterback change was in order to shake the Eagles from their prolonged funk.

“I’ll go back and look at everything,” said Reid. “I’m not going to sit here and make decisions. I’m going to go back, look at it and analyze it.”

Again, no ringing endorsement for the $100 million quarterback. Reid said heading into the bye week that Michael Vick was his quarterback “as of today” and that he would be taking a hard look at all positions. Ultimately, he chose to ride with Vick against the Falcons. But that’s as far as the public commitment goes.

“Obviously he’s thinking about making a  change at the quarterback position,” said Vick. “The thing I do know when I go watch the film and evaluate myself is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win. I’m trying my hardest. Some things don’t go right when I want them to; some things do. If that’s the decision the coach wants to make, then I’ll support it.”

Vick was 20-of-34 for 176 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers, finishing with an 82.5 quarterback rating. He is down the list in terms of reasons the Eagles lost Sunday.

“This was a big game for us — it was one that we needed. Collectively, we needed to put it all together,” said Vick. “We find ourselves in a situation where we didn’t do it. We didn’t play the way we know we can play. Like coach said, it’s flat-out embarrassing.”

Vick has had his share of struggles this season. His 13 turnovers have been severely damaging to an offense that came in ranked 30th in points per game (17.2). On the plus side, he has engineered fourth-quarter comebacks in each of the team’s three wins, and has shown marked improvement against the blitz.

The 32-year-old signal-caller was asked if he believes he’s playing like a franchise quarterback.

“I’m trying to do everything I can to put the ball in the end zone, to give my guys every opportunity,” said Vick. “I don’t know if playing like the franchise quarterback means throwing three, four touchdowns week in, week out and doing everything right. But I know I’ve been there before and, despite it all, I feel like I do a lot of positive things out there. And that’s all I can ask for.”



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  • atlvickfan

    Eagles went with a conservative game plan and Vick did what the game plan asked him to do. On the one hand, he can’t be blamed for taking what the defense gave him and sticking to the game plan. On the other hand, Foles can probably dink and dunk about as well as Vick did in this game. Vick’s strength is making big plays, and if they can’t give him the time to make big plays, what’s the point?

    • A Big Butt and a Smile

      I’m with you. I got the feeling VIck was beyond frustrated last two series. He played what the defense gave him. Receivers dropped balls which didn’t help and other times folk looked out of place. The line is atrocious. It kind of reminds me of the Arizona game – he threw the ball away a lot that game – if he’d actually thrown it away as much as he should have that would have been most of the plays cause his line was giving him nothing and his receivers were well covered. It is what it is.

      • BlindChow

        The last two series were a lot like the Arizona game. It looked like Vick had already given up, and he’d throw the ball away the second it looked like an O-Lineman had missed a block.
        It could be bad playcalling, but yikes, it just didn’t look like they were even trying. 2 touchdowns in 6 minutes isn’t impossible…

        • A Big Butt and a Smile

          I agree. But there was a telling play in the fourth – Vick got rid of the ball quickly but he flinched in the process. The hits have definitely gotten to him. I think after the run that went nowhere by Shady and Maclin’s upteenth drop of the game he was just like “Fuck It”

    • ju-kix

      Very well put, and explained… Wheres AR to read this..

  • saunhi

    They are forced to play conservative due to O-line injuries. Vick seems more durable then ever. Why risk Foles injury. 17 points is misleading because Atl owned time of possession. FIVE STRAIGHT SCORING DRIVES.

  • Josh J

    At this point, any move Reid makes will be in sheer desperation. Letting Castillo go seemed pointless and counterproductive. You can have the best scheme ever imagined, but at the end of the day it all comes down to players making plays. At this point the overall performance and demeanor of this team are an indictment of Reid and Roseman. Barring a miracle, I see no way Reid is the head coach here next year.

  • brent

    there’s so much wrong with this team besides the qb…

  • Matt Broad

    While the blame obviously can’t be laid entirely at the feet of Vick this time, I’m pretty sure we can stick a fork in him. Starting a Division 2 O Line is a major issue, but the old Vick would have at least been able to freelance a bit and pull something out of a hat. Now we’re just looking at the OLD Vick. This team is incapable of making big plays and rarely capable of sustaining drives. Time to reboot.

    • A Big Butt and a Smile

      But Reids spectacular QB coaching gave us the new old Vick. Also how do you think we won the first few games. VIck pulling miracles out of his hat. The reality is VIck is a company man now. He plays safe ’cause that’s what is being asked of him. He passes first ’cause that’s what’s expected. They wanted conservative and that’s what they got. *shrug*

  • Kimbafuzz

    In this game, I think Vick had one big miss (DJax open on the play he was talking to the coaches about), but otherwise, he took what the defense gave him and didn’t make any mistakes. They still failed to run Shady again until the 4th quarter. And no words can describe how bad the defense was. Like NO WORDS. Not sure if switching QBs after this game is the answer. Vick didn’t lose this game. Coaching and the defense did.

    • paul

      It’s time to bench Babin, he’s terrible against the run. Give Curry a chance

  • dislikedisqus

    Vick can say whatever, but with 259 left in the first half at the ATL 49, he had a 3d & 2. They sent 4 WR out on short patterns, ATL was in man, and 3 guys had separation but Vick threw to the one, Avant, who didn’t. Incomplete. Instead of a 1st down, we punt and ATL kicks a FG. a HS QB could have made that play.

    • A Big Butt and a Smile

      One play did lose this game. 19/33 191 yards 1 TD and 82.5 QB rating. Missed play or no Vick was down on the list of why they lost.

    • BlindChow

      I noticed that too. That was his first read, I guess, but it’s not like Maclin (I think) wasn’t right next to Avant, wide open.

  • Rick H.

    I believe that QB change should happen! However it may come after the Saints game. The season is not lost. Vick will most likely get the first half of the season which would be the Saints game(8th game). If he wins that game and the Eagles play decently well then they stay with him. If they lose he is out mark it down. Listening to Ike Reese and others he says this team does not care. I listen when someone like Ike says that. Vick is a tremendous athlete and has reformed his life. I admire that greatly. He is just not a QB that fits in this modern day offensive NFL. Foles can see over the line. He is smart. Reid will be forced to play conservative football with Foles and RUN THE BALL with Shady. The defense must get better. I have faith Todd Bowles. The Falcons are a Super Bowl team (top three to five in all of football). Don’t panic! Foles or Vick can get it done but i would pick Foles. KEEP THE FAITH! Samuels is one classless individual! Glad he is gone!!!

  • Big Red Hater

    this team is so far from winning a playoff game its not funny, get rid of Washburn, Mudd, Mad Marty, April and most of all……Andy
    needs to be fired now….I hope Lurie grows a pair and pretends to be a
    man and fires this worn out shell of a coach.

  • UncleCarm

    I don’t think you can blame this one on Vick, but consider this: If Vick had played better in the first games, would this game have had such high importance? This one is on the defense, but I can’t think of one coach who deserves to keep his job. Washburn and Mudd came with such good reputations, but they aren’t showing me anything.

    • A Big Butt and a Smile

      Or how about if folk caught balls, didn’t get useless penalties and the defense didn’t get run over in the last 5 minutes of the fourth.

  • Wilbert M.

    The players aren’t responding to Reid anymore. They’re undisciplined and unfocused. There is no hunger with this team and they need need leadership badly. Dump what you can before the trade deadline then play out the string and figure out who stays and who goes (Vick, Babin and DRC go). Play Foles and see if he can be the guy. Then the Eagles need to clean out ALL the coaches and bring in someone with fire like Gruden or Cowher.

    • Mike

      Looking more and more like Reid is gone, unless he can pull another rabbit out of his hat. I have the same fear with the Eagles as I do with the Phillies. I don’t trust Amaro or Roseman to make the correct decisions on restocking the team. Certainly don’t want Roseman picking the next HC. But you know he’s not going anywhere as Lurie is on record calling him a “potential superstar in this league.” Based on what, I have no idea. The way Lurie dithers that’s probably worth at least 5 years of failure for Howie.

    • BlindChow

      I’d disagree about DRC. I think he’s the real deal.

  • depressed eagles fan

    I think a lot of this is on Marty.. he’s the one that calls the plays, and he is being out-coached, badly…he is way too predictable…

  • JofreyRice

    Jeez, it’s a a shame Maclin has never developed. I remember everyone chuckling at Al Davis picking Heyward-Bey over the “consensus” #2 receiver in Maclin in the 2009 draft. Fast forward to today, DHB is breaking tackles for TDs, and Maclin catches 8 yard out patterns against off-coverage and falls down into the fetal position. I ain’t laughing.

    Can’t put this on Vick, the defense couldn’t stop anything. At some point though, it will be critical to see exactly what Foles has. Vick & Reid are a package deal, and I think Reid is gone after this season. Vick is not ever going to win a superbowl, or play at a very high level again. The most important question for the next 3 years is whether Foles is the guy, or if they need to line up for a QB in the draft.

  • Brush

    I was not for a switch to Foles. Who knows who will be Eagles QB in 2013. I do know that Eagles will start 2013 -$17 million in cap. Vick will not be here and either will Reid. This team needs a little 1999 rebuilding for those of us who were around. I for one am sick and tired of underwhelming Eagles teams under Reid. Change is needed and a new coach needs to come in and clean house

  • Jack

    The defense allowed scores on every Falcons drive until the the 4th quarter. 5:35 remaining in the game was their first punt. How do you expect the offense to do much when the defense can’t stop the opposing team one time throughout the majority of the game? And what can you expect with only 2 starters on the offensive line?

  • vinnie

    instead of blaming coaches why dont the high-priced players start to play up to their potential

  • Tony

    it’s time for Marty to go we did not go deep one time all game and his play calling is horrible and its time to make the switch at quarterback we need a spark if he don’t this will be the final days of Andy Reid

  • Bob

    We are playing it for what it is, and has been for a few years. You try to create or cater an offense to match your QB. Our QB is not a QB (I don’t care what you say). Problem is Street football should stay in our great city streets or with the kids Sandlot Pick up ball for those in the suburbs. Same type of game played there as we are playing. IT DON’T WORK IN THE NFL. Vick is a great Athlete but not a QB. He would be great and win tons of Superbowl’s in the Local Street pick up league or over the bridge in Cherry Hill park Flag football league. We have turned into a street ball team the last few years. Go back to our roots and get us a NFL QB so we can cater our game to the NFL so we can win. There are great Basket ball players (Who never make the NBA) making good money in pick up games. Vick needs to find one of those leagues for football and he will shine and win championships. PLEASE CAN VICK FROM THE TEAM.

    • Wilbert M.

      Bob – you are right but Andy and Marty have allowed it and didn’t create plays to capitalize on it. The play calling is stupid and the plays they run don’t work anyway.