Reid: Vick Is the Starter

It took a while, but Andy Reid has finally backed Michael Vick. At least for Monday night.

Reid confirmed Wednesday morning that Vick will be his starter in New Orleans for the crucial game against the Saints.

There was a report following the Eagles’ disheartening loss to the Falcons that Reid was leaning towards benching Vick for rookie Nick Foles. Vick’s postgame comments only fueled speculation.

“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.”

Reid remained silent on the issue until Wednesday. The Eagles offices were closed earlier in the week because of the storm, though that would not have prevented the head coach from getting the word out earlier if he wanted to. It is more than possible that Reid spent the last few days contemplating a move.

Ultimately he chose Vick, who will make his 100th career start Monday. Vick has completed 59 percent of his throws through seven games for 1,823 yards with nine touchdowns in eight interceptions. He has 13 turnovers in all.

It would have been start No. 1 for Foles. In the preseason, the Arizona product completed 64 percent of his passes and threw six touchdowns to two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 110.1. This is a pressure-packed situation to put the third-round pick in, with the sharks circling and Reid desperate to succeed in this make-or-break season. Plus, the Superdome is considered the loudest venue in the NFL. It would be a difficult place for a debut, particularly behind this offensive line.

So Reid sticks with Vick for the time being.

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  • $21248519

    Keep sticking with him until the playoffs are out of reach. Then put Foles in so he can shine for the next coach and not save AR’s job. Best case scenario in my humble opinion of course.

    • airgreen7

      That’s what I’m saying…..

  • bentheimmigrant

    Vick didn’t lose us the game on Sunday. A D that was far, far worse than it had been under Juan, and a completely outmatched, one-dimensional play-caller on O is why we lost. The Falcons made it clear in the first drive that it was going to be a shootout. Marty made it clear that the only shooting he does is at his own feet.

    • Beavis

      Good point. The best way to offset an offense like Atlanta’s is to keep them off the field. Ball control offense. Run the ball. Milk the clock. Instead, it was three-and-out after three-and-out. With our disjointed, confused defense it was a predictible game, to be honest. But the blame can be shared by MM and AR as much as Bowles and the D. Just think about the first two possesions for the Falcons – 16 plays, 80 yards, 8:44 TOP and a TD. 8 plays, 51 yards, 4:18 TOP and a TD. That’s 13 of 15 minutes of the first quarter the defense was on the field.

    • Ryan in AZ

      Disagree. I think Vick DID help us lose that game on Sunday. Check out the All-22 report Sheil just did on the offense. Vick left plenty of plays on the field. He’s playing tentatively right now, he’s not as accurate, he’s making poor decisions and he’s slower than he’s ever been running the ball. He’s simply not making plays other QB’s would make. I think this season’s done w/ Vick. Time to give the kid a shot.

      • bentheimmigrant

        I don’t disagree that Vick is not on top of his game. But I think the source of our troubles (since even before that horrible Vikings game in 2010) is MM. He’s not a good situational play-caller, and never has been. He knows better than anyone what Vick can and can’t do right now. He needs to work with what he has.

  • Anebriated

    Everyone expects Foles to get a full week of prep before he enters. I really think Andy was banking on Vick getting hurt which would allow him to give Foles a shot before having to make his decision on which QB to use. Even a straight up switch would probably happen randomly during a game after a few futile drives by Vick and the offense. Lets Foles just go out and play instead of dealing with the media and overthinking every little detail the week leading up to the game.

  • MV7

    Thank God. People that want Foles…be careful what you wish for…….

    • Septhinox

      So…If the Eagles play Foles…they may not make the playoffs? and that is different from now how?

    • FMWarner

      People that want Foles are like people who break things in anger. You get your anger out, but afterwards you still have your original problem plus a room full of broken stuff.

  • saunhi

    Vick’s challenges this year are BECAUSE OF the O-line problems/injuries. He tried to be super-Vick and save the day with forced throws and runs. (Based on the Detroit game, he seems tougher than ever).

    The newly conservative play calling are BECAUSE OF the O-line problems/injuries. Screens, shorts and runs until further notice.

    The THREE O-line injuries started when Peters crushed his exercise tricycle.

  • FMWarner

    Despite Negadelphia in full force, this team still has a chance to make the playoffs, and it would be irresponsible to throw a rookie in there. Vick has mostly fixed the turnover problem, and uninspiring as he’s been, he’s the best chance they have. I can’t recall another 3-4 team that so many people wanted to blow up midseason. Like I’ve said before, if they finish 6-10, then fine, you can have your pound of flesh after the season. But to do it now would be to do it out of emotion, and it doesn’t make any sense.

    • BlindChow

      Quarterback play is more than just not turning the ball over for three plays before you punt. The All-22 has shown he frequently has guys open, but he either throws into coverage (presumably his initial read) or takes off and runs, frequently before there’s any discernible pressure. His confidence is gone. That won’t get you to the playoffs.

  • Nathan Winder

    This will be Reids undoing. His best hope was to go with Foles now and sneak into the playoffs and have a chance to build both lines and the secondary for next year. Vick will never be 2010 Vick again I am very sad to say. Boy it sure would be amazing if he could be!