If Eagles coach Andy Reid has decided to switch from Mike Vick to Nick Foles at quarterback, Reid hasn’t told anyone else yet.
As pointed out earlier today by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles released an updated depth chart on Tuesday. It showed that Vick is still the starter.
Also, Jeff McLane of the Inquirer reported that neither Vick nor Foles have been informed of a change at the position.
Still, Hurricane Sandy has sheltered Reid from meeting with the media. When he does, it’s likely that a clear, truthful answer will be provided. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear after the 2011 season that he expects Reid to be candid and forthcoming, explaining that a habit of saying things that may not have been the truth were aimed at protecting players. Regardless of whether there was a benevolence to the B.S., Reid likely won’t be saying one thing and doing another.
The question becomes how candid he will be. Will he admit that he considered a change? Will he say that a change is still possible? Will he address whether Vick could be benched at halftime, like Donovan McNabb was during a game against the Ravens in November 2008?
Giving Foles a crack at playing away from Lincoln Financial Field makes sense. Then again, as Peter King pointed out during a visit to The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, using Foles under circumstances in the Superdome that likely would require use of a silent count may not be ideal.
Of course, there’s nothing ideal right now about the Eagles. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com attributes the struggles to a troubling lack of leadership. Regardless of what’s causing them, the struggles need to stop soon, or there will be major changes soon after the season ends. If not sooner.