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Reid announces Vick will remain starter

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Eagles coach Andy Reid isn’t scheduled to meet with the media until Thursday.  But he opted not to wait another day to put to rest, for now, the question of whether a change will be made at the starting quarterback position.

Reid has announced that Mike Vick will remain the quarterback, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.  Vick apparently has the job for the entire game in New Orleans, which will be played on Monday night.

On Monday, Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin reported that a change from Vick to rookie Nick Foles was “likely.”  Frank reports that a change was never seriously considered.  (We’ll let you two guys settle that one among yourselves; I’m just the messenger.)

Even if a change isn’t coming now, it will be inevitable if things don’t improve.  It was Vick himself who let the cat out of the bag regarding the fact that Reid was considering a change.  He’ll surely continue to consider it unless the team — and Vick — improve significantly in the coming games.

It’ll be interesting to see whether and to what extent Reid addresses questions about the decision-making process and the length of Vick’s leash.  Given that owner Jeffrey Lurie has made it clear that he expects Reid to be more candid with the media in the future.  Candor could be elusive on Thursday when it comes to how close Reid came to benching Vick, and what it will take for Reid to close the deal on a change.

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49 Responses to “Reid announces Vick will remain starter”
  1. flavordave says: Oct 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    Is Eskin ever right? I mean all that butt kissing for the past 14 years and they still give him bad info? It used to be amusing when he would say winning teams dont need a number one receiver or a middle linebacker because the team told him to tell people that. But now he just gets bad info and throws around stone cold mortal locks looking like the buffoon werewolf that he is.

  2. eaglesw00t says: Oct 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    Really? What is this, 5 articles stating Mike Vick is still the starter?

    What exactly does Reid need to see to convince him that Vick is dreadful?

  3. fuglyflorio says: Oct 31, 2012 10:20 AM

    My dog just howled in laughter. He’s very bitter, and won’t let go of it.

  4. luckyarmpit says: Oct 31, 2012 10:21 AM

    So that means that Vick will be benched, right? Doesn’t Reid have a history of announcing one thing, then do the exact opposite of what he says a few days/weeks later?

  5. ProDolphinsTalk says: Oct 31, 2012 10:21 AM

    Too risky starting a rookie QB. The last time I saw one of those having success it was over 3 days ago.

  6. bobleblah says: Oct 31, 2012 10:23 AM

    Eskin was wrong? Inconceivable! Now you know why he was taken off his drive-time spot on sports radio and banished to sleepy Saturday mornings.

  7. eagleswin says: Oct 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    Reid has announced that Mike Vick will remain the quarterback, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. Vick apparently has the job for the entire game in New Orleans, which will be played on Monday night.

    —————————————

    This is Reid hoping to win right now vs what’s right long term for the team. Vick is almost guaranteed to be gone after this year barring an actual superbowl run. Barring Vick turning into Tom Brady or Peyton Manning (ie .. actually understanding defenses and being able to make the quick reads/throws), it isn’t going to happen. Vick has never been a guy who beats you with his smarts.

    Win or lose, i’d like to be able evaluate Foles this year because next year’s starting QB will not be this year’s starting qb.

  8. phillybleedgreen says: Oct 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    Vick gives the team the best chance to win. If the defense plays undisciplined like they did on Sunday, Drew Brees and the Saints will rip them apart. The whole team is playing uninspired football right now and it’s getting hard to watch.

  9. farsu82 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    Everyone is saying give Foles a shot, and that’s exactly whats going to happen if hes taking snaps behind that O line.

  10. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Oct 31, 2012 10:31 AM

    The Vick come back era can’t end soon enough.

  11. razsan says: Oct 31, 2012 10:33 AM

    Seriously, Atlanta has 6 straight possessions with a score. The Defense MUST do a better job. The entire dynamic of the game changes when a QB HAS to throw . And with that putrid Eagles O-Line, it becomes a recipe for disaster when the D can pin its ears back and rush the QB.

  12. eaglesw00t says: Oct 31, 2012 10:35 AM

    phillybleedgreen says:
    Oct 31, 2012 10:27 AM
    Vick gives the team the best chance to win. If the defense plays undisciplined like they did on Sunday, Drew Brees and the Saints will rip them apart. The whole team is playing uninspired football right now and it’s getting hard to watch.

    ———————–

    Exactly. But, the season is over already. Toss in the towel. All this uninspired stuff shows us that even if we were to somehow get lucky and make the playoffs (not happening) that we wouldnt go anywhere.

    Vick is gone at the end of the year. Who is our QB next year? You cant find out if its Foles if he doesnt play. Kolb looked fantastic in practice and for 3 games, but once the load was on him, he was unreliable.

    Id rather the rook get 8 games under his belt to see if hes worth his salt.

  13. eaglesw00t says: Oct 31, 2012 10:36 AM

    farsu82 says:
    Oct 31, 2012 10:29 AM
    Everyone is saying give Foles a shot, and that’s exactly whats going to happen if hes taking snaps behind that O line

    ———————-

    How many times do you plan on using that line? It ceases to be clever when you repeat yourself. Just an FYI.

  14. packfan429 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:40 AM

    If any of you watch the Eagles play, you’d know that the issue is their Oline.

  15. snowpea84 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:40 AM

    I get not pulling him yet. Wait until the season is over. Even if the wins the Eagles have were clearly flukey and cannot seriously have been expected to set a trend for the season. By that I mean, shut up about the Eagles being 3-4, that is extremely misleading when talking about what to expect of them and when talking about how they have looked to date.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Oct 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    Eagleswin, well stated.

    You seem to be on the same wavelength as I am with the Vick situation. Yeah, were wasting money on him sitting on the bench, but the Eagles will exist in 2013. Vick wont be their QB. We must move on and plan for the future.

    Look how long it took for McNabb to come along. Look how long the Redskins went without a real QB. Lets get the show on the road. Im willing to stick through another 3-13 season to get a top pick and franchise QB if Foles isnt the guy.

    But we wont know anything about Foles unless he plays.

  17. cash804 says: Oct 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    Reid’s probably thinking that he & Vick will take advantage of the Saint’s vulnerable defense and all is well…but the QB situation will prove to be irrelevant when Brees lights that Philly D up for 40+.

    #SlaughterInTheBayou

  18. trojan33sc says: Oct 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    *************************
    This is Reid hoping to win right now vs what’s right long term for the team. Vick is almost guaranteed to be gone after this year barring an actual superbowl run. Barring Vick turning into Tom Brady or Peyton Manning (ie .. actually understanding defenses and being able to make the quick reads/throws), it isn’t going to happen. Vick has never been a guy who beats you with his smarts.
    *******************
    Funny neither Tom Brady or Peyton Manning could play QB behind that O-line

  19. phillybleedgreen says: Oct 31, 2012 10:50 AM

    Exactly. But, the season is over already. Toss in the towel. All this uninspired stuff shows us that even if we were to somehow get lucky and make the playoffs (not happening) that we wouldnt go anywhere.

    Vick is gone at the end of the year. Who is our QB next year? You cant find out if its Foles if he doesnt play. Kolb looked fantastic in practice and for 3 games, but once the load was on him, he was unreliable.

    Id rather the rook get 8 games under his belt to see if hes worth his salt.

    ——–
    Until the Eagles are eliminated from the playoffs, which shouldn’t be long, I think they should still play the QB who has the best chance at getting them there. Once Vick is sat, you are saying the season is over and throwing in the towel. It’s too early to do that. They’ll likely be eliminated in 4-5 weeks and then Foles should start.

  20. sevensgottago says: Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    Huge surprise. Reid remains stubborn and inflexible.
    Andy and management cannot admit they made a big mistake signing Bad Newz, then wasting three years with him.

  21. cryptker says: Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    The Ego and Stubbornness of some coaches are beyond comprehension!

  22. congratsyouareanidiot says: Oct 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    Can’t start Foles unless you plan to start utilizing McCoy. When Reid figures out he’s the team’s best weapon, maybe they can right the ship. It’s funny watching Marty and Andy kill this team and give Shady 10 touches a game. They abandon the run after two carries of 2 yards or less, and continue calling runs that call for him to run to the outside after defenses have game planned for that after the Giants couldn’t contain it.

    Philly best pray that the Saints’ defense continues being the NFL’s worst… otherwise, it’ll be like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

  23. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    Andy Reid has no choice but to latch on to Vick at this point. He’s just hoping its not a sinking ship (hahaha!)

  24. armchairqb says: Oct 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    Makes sense.

  25. roman727 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:08 AM

    Vick has shown during the last two seasons that he cannot get the job done. What does Reid hope to gain by putting him in there with the worst defense in the league? Even if Vick does well it will be said that it’s due to the fact that the Saints can’t stop a nose bleed.

    At least if you give Foles a shot he is going up against a soft defense where he can find his legs in that offense.

    No matter what happens during this upcoming game it is fools gold, with Vick you know what you’re going to get, good not great. With Foles you don’t know and the unknown seems like a better alternative than the mediocre status quo.

  26. baloneyjohn says: Oct 31, 2012 11:09 AM

    Hand the ball off to McCoy, for pete’s sake.
    Come on. Whoever is calling the plays, needs to be replaced. Yoy NFL coached make such a big deal about spending long hours.
    What the hell do you guys do? Terrible play calling, terrible cases of the dropsies, just crummy football.

  27. ralphiepower says: Oct 31, 2012 11:15 AM

    it doesn’t really matter at this point. So much drama with this team that unless they make a long run in the play offs. Both Reid and Vick are done in Philly.

  28. butchhickory says: Oct 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    Nothing to see here, Please move on.

  29. seabreezes51 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    It’s Andy’s call all the way. He is the one who has his job on the line. He has had a decent run in Philly, but this season has ” death rattle” written all over it.

  30. yojoemama says: Oct 31, 2012 11:17 AM

    Reid is like an old carton of milk in the fridge. He should have been thrown out a long time ago. Now it’s just a big unpleasant mess in the fridge.

  31. eaglesfanalways says: Oct 31, 2012 11:27 AM

    I really don’t see the point in benching Vick…although he is not going to take them to the Super Bowl anytime soon, I think their chances of having a winning season, if that is the hurdle for Big Red to keep his job, with a third round draft pick rookie QB is even more unlikely. I like Foles, but he is not the second coming of Tom Brady…

  32. dolphins4 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:36 AM

    So this means the Saints will win this week.Remember everybody said the that the Lions defense was bad but the Eagles found a way to lose to them too.This offense only scores 16 points a game,that is way too little for all of the talent they have.

  33. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 31, 2012 11:48 AM

    I don’t think Eskin even likes football.

  34. pickney1 says: Oct 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    I dont care how bad the Saints and Eagles are performing, you dont start a rookie quarterback against the Saints in their stadium on Monday Night.

    The problems with the Eagles lay way beyond Michael Vick.

  35. myeaglescantwin says: Oct 31, 2012 12:30 PM

    The best part about his loss is that Vick had no turnovers.
    He did exactly what Andy had drawn and called into his helmet.
    There are no more scape goats left. All the blame for our mediocrity falls onto Andy Reid.

    It has never been more evident that this season.
    The NFL has passed him bye.

    Vick is a minor part of the 2012 problem. The eagles have been floundering since the loss of the GREAT Jim Johnson.
    when he passed this team lost its identity and it’s edge.

    This team needs top down changes.. I dont want them to can Reid now, but Laurie better have his rolidex of available cannidates out RIGHT NOW.

  36. mojosmagic says: Oct 31, 2012 1:06 PM

    The Blob better known as Andy Reid has spoken. For now.

  37. conormacleod says: Oct 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    You mean to say that Vick could never read defenses, and now that he is older and slower, he also can’t outrun them anymore? I’m shocked! NEXT!!!

  38. donny05 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    I’m a life long suffering Eagles fan. I want the Reid era over ASAP. He did a great job and gave us plenty of fun along the way. His mistake was picking up Vick. Cunningham, Peete, McNabb and Vick=0 championships, notice a trend?

  39. tgs116 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    Reid is set on going down with his ship!

  40. carnboys says: Oct 31, 2012 1:39 PM

    Vick is very overrated. The eagles will have a losing season with mike vick. He may be a good backup to come off the bench and play. But he is not a starter.

  41. fmwarner says: Oct 31, 2012 1:42 PM

    This is the only sane course of action.

    The offense has a chance to get some confidence while facing possibly the worst defense in the NFL, and the Eagles can come out of it 4-4. The season is not lost yet, which is why you can’t go to Foles. Reid, like any coach, has a responsibility to maximize this season before tinkering with an eye to the future. If they’re as bad as everyone says, then it won’t be long before they’re out of it, and THEN you can bring in Foles. But it’s just too early.

    Besides, anyone who actually watches the games can tell you that Vick is playing better of late, and has stopped turning the ball over. But I guess that doesn’t fit the narrative.

  42. fatpappy says: Oct 31, 2012 2:13 PM

    Howard Eskin is wrong?! That never happens. <—– dripping with sarcasm.

  43. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 31, 2012 2:30 PM

    If they lose to New Orleans then Vick should be kicked off of the team.
    Unless Brees has a heroic game the Eagles should be able to seal the win, but it is the Superdome.

    Honestly, this year the Saints are where Quarterbacks dreams come true.

  44. eaglesfan29 says: Oct 31, 2012 4:28 PM

    When are they going to Start talking about other QB that haven’t done anything like Romo, Sanchez, Rivers, Culter, stafford, how many playoff wins the romo have again, none of these guys have gotten it done So get off of vick i know its hatred towards him but D!! This is crazy i guess those teams have real fans and actually watch there games and don’t come up here and bash there QB.

  45. mookie311 says: Oct 31, 2012 6:28 PM

    howard eskin wrong about something. in other news, sun will rise tomorrow; moon to follow in evening.

  46. t9tookey says: Oct 31, 2012 8:53 PM

    I just shake my head everytime I see another article about how the Eagles are going to go to Foles and bench Vick. Like that will help anything. Foles was great in pre-season. Pre-season is not regular season. On top of that there is no line to speak of, the defense looks horrible and they all look like they’ve stopped playing for Reid. Go ahead, blame Vick cause he’s the QB but it’s not all on him. Foles may or may not become a good QB (personally I don’t think he’ll be any better than Feeley or Koy Detmer) but behind this line he’ll get killed and probably be ruined. And for Reid to go to Foles means he’s given up and conceeded he’ll be fired.

  47. greymares says: Nov 1, 2012 7:29 AM

    stop with the give the ball to McCoy they are doing that 20/25 times a game without sucess the running game will get zilch until the deep passing game takes effect to get the safeties out of the box

  48. cometophillyforthecrack says: Nov 1, 2012 11:52 AM

    Can we just clean house already? The air is so stale in Philly just like it was in Tennessee with Fisher, or in Denver with Shanahan, or Tampa Bay with Gruden. Move on from Andy Reid.

  49. jerrysshadescleaner says: Nov 2, 2012 12:21 AM

    He needs to announce hes goin on a diet

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