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Vick could be benched next week

Michael Vick

On Sunday, Eagles backup-turned-starter-turned-backup Kevin Kolb started against the Cowboys.

Next weekend, Mike Vick is expected to start the game.  The question is whether he’ll finish it.

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN told Jon Kincade of ESPN Radio on Sunday that coach Andy Reid could bench Vick for Kolb, if Vick struggles in the wild-card game.

Paolantonio said that the ESPN NFL Matchup crew noticed that Vick isn’t recognizing blitzes, and that Reid twice let Vick know about it during Tuesday night’s loss to the Vikings.

Paolantonio explained that Vick didn’t practice in the days preceding the regular-season finale against the Cowboys because he was putting in extra time studying the 3-4 defense orchestrated by Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

In the end, it was a good move; the Packers beat the Bears on Sunday, and Green Bay will return to Philadelphia in the wild-card round.

In Week One, the Packers beat the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.  In the first half of the game, a hit from Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews gave Kolb the concussion that opened the door for Vick to earn the starting job.  After the loss, Vick said that the Eagles would have won the game, if Vick had played all four quarters.

Whether he gets the chance to play all four quarters this time around remains to be seen.

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58 Responses to “Vick could be benched next week”
  1. Rex Grossman says: Jan 2, 2011 10:31 AM

    sounds kinda wacky but anyone who questions Andy Reid at this point is out of their element.

  2. ken1313 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:31 AM

    LOL……M.V.P……yeah right.

  3. commandercornpone says: Jan 2, 2011 10:31 AM

    actually if the pack knew he would start, they would have game-planned a lot better for him.

    so, vick is full of it.

  4. iggles20 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:34 AM

    This is a perfect example of creating an issue where there is none. The only way Vick doesn’t finish the game against the #6 seed is if he’s too injured to continue.

  5. packattack1967 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:37 AM

    Nothing like a QB controversy heading into the playoffs.

  6. jbl429 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:38 AM

    Rex Grossman says:
    Jan 2, 2011 10:31 AM
    sounds kinda wacky but anyone who questions Andy Reid at this point is out of their element.

    —–

    Really, so nobody should question Reid’s terrible game management, like punting the ball away so that his terrible defense has to make a stop with no timeouts or his offense won’t see the ball again and the game is over?

    Yea, thought so.

  7. hoobsher says: Jan 2, 2011 10:40 AM

    you moron, of course vick is gonna start and finish that game. we almost beat the pack in week 1 but vick made a few mistakes that he hasnt made since. not to mention that theyre dealing with a lot more injuries than they were week 1.

    stop speculating about garbage.

  8. blackskimmer says: Jan 2, 2011 10:41 AM

    1)Sal Pal is never right

    2)Andy could you know RUN THE BALL!

    3)Eagles RT already came out and said the team didnt gameplan for any real blitzing. Huh failure in coaching there!

  9. tprt2 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:43 AM

    I love how all you idiots piled on the bandwagon with this dude, but a leopard doesn’t change its spots.

    Vick is one-dimensional and is eventually figured out and then you’re left with a scrambler that eventually gets hurt.

    Not sure what so many of you people have against history, but acquaint yourselves with it.

  10. stanjam says: Jan 2, 2011 10:44 AM

    Vick is as self absorbed as ever. It is the exact same condition that led him to dog fighting. In other words, he has not changed. In fact he may be worse now that the “world” has forgiven him for dog fighting. He will do something else, and it all starts with the numerous self-serving statements issuing from Vick’s mouth.

    He isn’t a MVP. MVP quarterbacks can recognize blitzes.

  11. eddyjf says: Jan 2, 2011 10:45 AM

    Hey, where are all the you’re an idiot if you don’t think Vick is the MVP folks?????

  12. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 2, 2011 10:46 AM

    Funny… I don’t see Belichick ever having the same problem with Brady. I’m a diehard Cowboys fan. But I’m also a realistic human being and sports fan… Brady is the MVP. Moving on…

  13. camprobot says: Jan 2, 2011 10:51 AM

    “The only way Vick doesn’t finish the game against the #6 seed is if he’s too injured to continue.”

    You must be new to the Eagles. If Vick continues to play like crap, overthrow receivers, fumble the ball, look lost when it comes to blitzes, and throw interceptions Andy Reid will bench him. It’s no different than McNabb being benched against Baltimore. Vick has had 1 good quarter in what.. a month?

    Reid will sit him if he plays like crap, this is a fact. It’s Andy Reid.

  14. help me says: Jan 2, 2011 10:54 AM

    To all the people who say Vick deserves MVP, I want to see Vick perform at a high level for 16 weeks before I give him the award.

    Has he done that?

    No.

  15. vikescry1 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:02 AM

    not to mention they would have had more than 3 d-lineman active for the game. had they known vick was going to play. we have to get through the bears first.

  16. tjacks7 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:08 AM

    sounds like a ploy to make the Packers account for 2 QBs. Vick >>>>>>>>> Kolb

  17. neverend1 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:12 AM

    You’re talking about a guy who can’t even recognize his hot reads against a blitz. That’s some “MVP”. Brady does that in his sleep.

    Vick is comeback player of the year. Great athlete, great arm but NOT an elite QB

  18. time4complaints says: Jan 2, 2011 11:21 AM

    There is no story here. “He may get benched…” Any quarterback in the NFL may get benched if playing badly in a playoff game. IT’S THE PLAYOFFS! If you lose you go home. Yeah he “may” get benched next week. Way to go out on a limb. However, I do believe he was struggling against the Giants for 3+ quarters and then had the biggest comeback of the Reid era. The fact is that Reid likes Vick because his legs cover up for a bad offensive line. I just hope Maclin and Jackson are studying as well because they didn’t seem to know the “hot reads” either. A receiver needs to identify the DB blitz and break off the route. They didn’t do it and Vick took a beating. He is more likely to get benched for injury than performance. Vick takes a lot of hits, and Kolb would take even more behind these so-called linemen.

  19. joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2011 11:22 AM

    Vick has been always dummy, nothing has changed.

  20. kingjoe1 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:27 AM

    The MVP talk for Vick is very premature but he has certainly been a great leader for a very young team.

    Reid is trying to bring Vick back to earth and get him to refocus. The bigger concern for Reid right now is whether the Eagles should give him 100 million dollar contract or go back to Kolb.

    If Vick does not produce against the wildcard team, the chances of Eagles resigning him drop considerably.

  21. sdw2001 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:34 AM

    tprt2 says:
    Jan 2, 2011 10:43 AM
    I love how all you idiots piled on the bandwagon with this dude, but a leopard doesn’t change its spots.

    Vick is one-dimensional and is eventually figured out and then you’re left with a scrambler that eventually gets hurt.

    Not sure what so many of you people have against history, but acquaint yourselves with it.

    —–No. Vick *was* a scrambler. His game is different now. He’s shown real accuracy and keeps looking down field. Obviously he played poorly last week, but that’s not who he’s been this year.

  22. jkay123 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:36 AM

    Packers arent in the playoffs….yet

  23. 4sacroc says: Jan 2, 2011 11:37 AM

    SalPal is just an extension of the Eagles’ PR Dept. It’s a joke that he is on Eagles beat. He’s a flat-out homer.

  24. sdw2001 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:39 AM

    stanjam says:
    Jan 2, 2011 10:44 AM
    Vick is as self absorbed as ever. It is the exact same condition that led him to dog fighting. In other words, he has not changed. In fact he may be worse now that the “world” has forgiven him for dog fighting. He will do something else, and it all starts with the numerous self-serving statements issuing from Vick’s mouth.

    He isn’t a MVP. MVP quarterbacks can recognize blitzes.

    —What is the source of this info? Your butt? Look, I was never a Vick fan before. I couldn’t stand him as a player or as a person. But literally everything I see from him this year is different…both on the field and off. I see consistent humility, references to his teammates, coaches, God, etc. That’s pretty hard to maintain for a season if you don’t mean it, at least I think so.

    Now, the MVP? Until Tuesday, I would have said he was tied with Brady. He might have even had an edge over Brady. But after Tuesday, I doubt that he’ll win.

  25. sdw2001 says: Jan 2, 2011 11:43 AM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Jan 2, 2011 11:27 AM
    The MVP talk for Vick is very premature but he has certainly been a great leader for a very young team.

    Reid is trying to bring Vick back to earth and get him to refocus. The bigger concern for Reid right now is whether the Eagles should give him 100 million dollar contract or go back to Kolb.

    If Vick does not produce against the wildcard team, the chances of Eagles resigning him drop considerably.

    —If not this year, then next. He will be signed. Take it to the bank.

  26. wetdentist says: Jan 2, 2011 11:51 AM

    this just in: SalPal could be fired from his position sometime in the future for something or other

  27. bodybaggame says: Jan 2, 2011 11:56 AM

    joetoronto says:

    “Vick has been always dummy”

    Oh the irony….

  28. phillyahole says: Jan 2, 2011 12:03 PM

    YEAH OK shut up Sal!

  29. leftysmoke says: Jan 2, 2011 12:04 PM

    Reid’s three dogs came up missing, raising his suspicions of Vick.

  30. jmt8251 says: Jan 2, 2011 12:31 PM

    Same lunatics that post on every Michael Vick article joe stamer all the lunatics come out like a pack of wild dogs. Earth to losers do you really think he cares what you are talking about. Sal said he would never be a starter for the Eagles so what the hell does he know of course if he does not play well he should be taken out just like any one else. Brady got embarrassed by the Browns and after that he got serious. Vick will be fine you should be thanking him because Kolb would have had his career ended if you really want to know the truth, Keep talking while we march to SB.

  31. footballrulz says: Jan 2, 2011 12:50 PM

    bodybaggame says:
    Jan 2, 2011 11:56 AM
    joetoronto says:

    “Vick has been always dummy”

    Oh the irony….
    ___________________________________ROTF

  32. pervyharvin says: Jan 2, 2011 12:55 PM

    Your season ends today Pack douchers….HAHAHA

  33. hope4superbowl says: Jan 2, 2011 1:05 PM

    Eagle fans be sure to check out https://lombardigreen.wordpress.com/

  34. richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    So Vick is having problems reading blitzes and is in danger of getting benched, in a PLAYOFF GAME??????

    Definitely the MVP winner over Brady!

    Can everyone who posted last week that Vick was the MVP over Brady PLEASE check in here and let us know if you morons are sticking by that choice?

  35. neece2 says: Jan 2, 2011 3:05 PM

    what a joke….Philly had no answer for the edge blitz of Minnesota, even when Vick pointed it out.

  36. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 2, 2011 3:59 PM

    pervyharvin says:

    Your season ends today Pack douchers….HAHAHA
    ____________

    You may be right. It might end today. If it does, will that make you feel a little better about your team’s season ending before it even began??

    12 Championships. Don’t forget it.

  37. eaglefansnet says: Jan 2, 2011 7:23 PM

    If he plays very poorly he could be benched.

    Can’t you say that about any player at any position on any team???? I mean seriously Sal, get off your lazy ass and do some real work instead of just making stuff up to start a controversy.

  38. rickah8888 says: Jan 2, 2011 7:24 PM

    Well I think it’s safe to say after Kolb’s (lack of)performace today, if healthy, Vick will be starting…and, if healthy, Vick will finish.

  39. sarahpalinhater says: Jan 2, 2011 7:28 PM

    The Eagles are in a no win situation next week. If they win,,,well it will be,,,they beat the 6th seeded team at their home,,so what did you expect. But, if they lose, and Vick makes some ” KEY ” Errors,,,then it will be a HUGE ? as to whether they should re-sign the Little ” Ghetto ”
    Gangsta!! I say Vick has not changed at all. Sooner or later he will get his hand caught in the ” Doobie ” Jar :-)

  40. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2011 7:39 PM

    This might be the worst “breaking news” story I have ever heard. Vick is starting and playing the whole game next week. End of story.

  41. eaglefansnet says: Jan 2, 2011 7:46 PM

    So you hate Sarah Palin and Mike Vick?????? You cool kids are so hard to keep up with

  42. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    footballrulz says:
    Jan 2, 2011 12:50 PM
    bodybaggame says:
    Jan 2, 2011 11:56 AM
    joetoronto says:

    “Vick has been always dummy”

    Oh the irony….
    ___________________________________
    ROTF
    ********************

    Oh LOL That’s awesome.

  43. prrbrr says: Jan 2, 2011 8:15 PM

    Hey Mike, you should have watched the Eagles game so you coulda gotten a good chuckle out of that claim. Kolb is officially done as a Pro QB. They’d be lucky to get a 5th rounder for the kid, let alone subbing him in for Vick. A limping Vick is better than Kolb.

  44. footballfan1000 says: Jan 2, 2011 8:26 PM

    If Vick performs poorly and is booed by the fans
    Will he flip them off in Philly like he did in Atlanta

  45. fellorio says: Jan 2, 2011 8:26 PM

    richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    So Vick is having problems reading blitzes and is in danger of getting benched, in a PLAYOFF GAME??????

    Definitely the MVP winner over Brady!

    Can everyone who posted last week that Vick was the MVP over Brady PLEASE check in here and let us know if you morons are sticking by that choice?
    ————————————————————-
    You’re not serious, right?

  46. joetoronto says: Jan 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    It’s true, small things amuse small minds.

  47. footballrulz says: Jan 2, 2011 8:36 PM

    pervyharvin said 7 hours ago:
    Your season ends today Pack douchers….HAHAHA
    __________________________________

    Sorry dude, maybe next week ;)

  48. famucancer says: Jan 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    LMAO…Sal Pal is hoping this made up ish he put out there goes away quickly. LOL, he just thought he’d be able to start a controversy if Kolb played lights out…but that didn’t work out very well. LOL

  49. mannyicey says: Jan 2, 2011 8:48 PM

    So Andy Reid will bench Vick for Kolb in a playoff game? Based upon the fact that he spent more time watching 3-4 defense film while recovering from injuries? And that Andy Reid said that Vick wasn’t picking up the blitzes?

    That’s quite a leap. Sal Paolontonio never said that Andy Reid told him that he would bench Vick. He assumed that Vick could be benched because Vick wasn’t picking up blitzes against the Vikings.

    In short, this is not really a news story. This whole thing is silly. I mean, have you seen Kevin Kolb this game?

  50. phinsfan72 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:07 PM

    Don’t worry, everyone!

    Vick will use his “invisible juice” to avoid opposing pass rushing defenses!

  51. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 2, 2011 9:16 PM

    Does’nt matter,the iggles will choke,then crash and burn like they always do! then the classless philly fans
    will left to whine and moan through yet another long cold winter!you can’t count on 2 things in life,willie nelson will never shave his beard,and the eagles will never win a superbowl!

  52. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 2, 2011 9:42 PM

    MVP, MVP, MVP!!! Alrightee then…

  53. akpackfan says: Jan 2, 2011 9:56 PM

    Sounds like a terrible idea by Reid. Vick might not deal well with blitzes (which GB will be doing a lot of) but he gives them a better chance then Kolb, who we’ve already seen against Green Bay.

  54. alexnexus says: Jan 2, 2011 9:57 PM

    This “note” could be titled: “Brady could be benched in two weeks”.

    I know that it sounds like BS, but if Brady plays the same way he played against the Browns it’s a possibility. And the same applies to every single starting QB going into the playoffs.

    So this “note” is BS: it’s a fabrication based on what “someone” said “somewhere”. Pure opinion. Zero facts!

    tprt2 says:
    Jan 2, 2011 10:43 AM
    “Vick is one-dimensional”

    tprt2: You suck as an analyst. The numbers don’t lie and Vick i second on the list -check them out-. If you judge Vick base on one bad game, then Brady is also “one-dimensional”.

    You sound bitter… you are probably a Cowboy or 49er fan… but it doesn’t matter.

    The Eagles have a chance to shut people like you up. And if Vick goes to the Super Bowl I dare you to write in this blog ever again!

    Go Eagles!

  55. richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2011 10:08 PM

    fellorio says:
    Jan 2, 2011 8:26 PM
    richm2256 says: Jan 2, 2011 2:29 PM

    So Vick is having problems reading blitzes and is in danger of getting benched, in a PLAYOFF GAME??????

    Definitely the MVP winner over Brady!

    Can everyone who posted last week that Vick was the MVP over Brady PLEASE check in here and let us know if you morons are sticking by that choice?
    ————————————————————-
    You’re not serious, right?

    If by “serious” you are talking about Vick being the MVP over Brady, no that was a little something called “sarcasm”.

    If you mean am I “serious” about asking the morons, who a week ago were talking Vick up over Brady for MVP, to come back and post that they’re sticking by their guns, yes of course I am”serious”….. what kind of idiot can standby that pick after Vick’s last two games – one of which he sat out for “remedial blitz-pickup class”, while Brady continues to play interception free “lights-out” MVP caliber football?

  56. wydok says: Jan 2, 2011 10:54 PM

    Did whoever start this rumor actually WATCH Kolb’s performance this afternoon?

  57. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 2, 2011 10:56 PM

    “Sal Paolantonio of ESPN told Jon Kincade of ESPN Radio on Sunday that coach Andy Reid could bench Vick for Kolb, if Vick struggles in the wild-card game.”

    Really? Why doesn’t this article include quotes from Eagles personnel or assistant coaches indicating that Vick could be benched?

    Seems like conjecture to me.

    Go PATS!

  58. goldsteel says: Jan 2, 2011 11:08 PM

    There wouldn’t have been any Vikings pass rush if the game had been played when it was supposed to be played. This is when owners and a commissioner out smart themselves.

    Save the NFL,
    Fire Goodell.

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