Reid: Vick Is The Quarterback If Healthy

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickWill Michael Vick remain the quarterback if he is healthy enough to play?

“He is the quarterback, yeah,” said Andy Reid. “But he’s hurt right now so I’ve gotta just see how he’s doing. Let’s take a little consideration for Michael here.”

Vick sustained a concussion and an eye injury early in the second quarter. On 3rd-and-2 from the Philadelphia 37, Ernie Sims came loose on a blitz and hit Vick as he threw. The pass sailed high on what would have been a big gain for LeSean McCoy down the left sideline. Sims helped Vick to his feet, and the offense jogged off the field.

Moments later, Vick was heading inside flanked by members of the training staff. He was 6-of-9 for 70 yards with a touchdown when he left.

“He has a concussion,” said Reid, “but the severity of it we’ve got to see.”

Vick was seen walking through the locker room alongside trainer Rick Burkholder after the game and appeared woozy as he made his way into the corridor.

Nick Foles took Vick’s place under center. Foles ended 22-of-32  for 220 yards with a touchdown and an interception, good for a 85.4 quarterback rating. He also lost a fumble that resulted in a Dallas touchdown at the end of the game.

“I thought he handled himself well,” said Reid of Foles. “He saw things, and he made some great checks in there. For a guy that hasn’t taken the reps with the first group, I thought he did some nice things. As far as managing the game, it looked like he went to the right place with the ball when he had pressure. There were some positives there.”

The Eagles have now dropped five straight and sit at the bottom of the division at 3-6. With the season all but lost, the organization must decide if they want to see more of Foles to help clear up the quarterback situation moving forward, or if they should ride the rest of the season out with the veteran.

For now, Vick’s health is the priority. And on this night, Reid said he was sticking by the QB.

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  • eagles2zc

    Only because Reid thinks, in his delusion, that this Eagles team still have a chance to make the playoffs

  • Eagle67000

    Vick had been running for his life on every play.; lets hope he recovers quickly. The O line is bad , the D is bad, the play calling is bad – the best upgrade they could make is to get a new coach. Over the years other coaches have won championships with far less talent.

    • saunhi

      But the special teams are GREAT!

  • Kimbafuzz

    If he was still woozy after the game, that’s probably not a good sign. :-(

  • rls255

    Hopefully vick is ok, if he’s not ready next week it gives us a look at what foles has with a week to prepare with the one’s. At this point you’re playing for next year.

  • saunhi

    I always thought the center’s priority was to pickup the rusher who lines up over center? In the last two games Ive seen this defender rush-in completely unblocked several times. The O-line did block better in the 2nd half.

    • The Guru

      Did Troy Aikman tell you that?

  • Mike Jehle

    Maybe it’s just more Reid-Speak (we’ve had enough of that over the last 14 years)…but I find it interesting that he says Vick keeps his job.

    Wasn’t it Kolb that got concussed, got healthy and never got his job back from Vick?

    Time to look to the future. Sure Foles looked shaky at times…but he also didn’t hang on to the ball, he made decisions and he but incredible zip on the ball. I know our line will not get any better this year, but imagine what Foles can do with a whole week of first team reps.

    If there was anybody to interim coach the team (not possible, cuz every assistant is a Reid puppet) I’d say go ahead and start 2013 now, but there isn’t. So lets at least do it with the QB position.

  • JofreyRice

    If I’m Mike Vick, I’m taking my time in getting back from this. He took a nasty hit, in a season of nasty hits. Trying to make a hasty return to take more nasty hits behind a miserable OLine, on a losing team, with a lame-duck head coach of a franchise that’s going to release you after 7 more games just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Vick is a tough cookie, though; whatever else you say about him as a player.

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  • Eagles1

    Here’s how I feel about what’s going on ,in my opinion Vick’s case might not be as bad as expected.Andy’s trying to make adjustment’s with the O-LINE That’s working on pass protection,now when it comes to Foles,he needs to have better play calling and to look down field at the long ball.Pump fakes would help to freeze up the defense and his throwing in the flats was working.Swing pass’s work along with the pump fake.IF the O-LINE could punch holes at the line of scrimmage that would definitely work FOR MCCOY, and ball placement over the WR’S shoulder would be a plus,and sideline throws would work over the opposite shoulder would also work for plus yardage with the PUMP FAKE. ALL I would like to see is if FOLES could keep his head up and LOOK around a little more.Give these idea’s this would put things into some perspective.These are only opinions not absolute answers only IDEA’S

  • Eagles1