Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said Sunday he thought he might get benched.
Wednesday, the team finally got around to sending out word that he wouldn’t, via a mass text from the team’s PR department.
And at least in a message he typed with his thumbs, Vick seems OK with that.
“It’s great to know that I have the support of my coach,” Vick said in a text message to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s driving me to work harder and remain focused to help this football team win games.”
Maybe self-delusion and sarcasm is easier via text, because after being left to twist in the wind for half a week, what the Eagles and coach Andy Reid put Vick through hardly seems like support.
Both sides will eventually talk about it today when they resume practice for Monday’s game against the Saints, and the messages will likely follow the same path.
But the way Vick’s latest status update was handled shows how close Reid is to making the last move he can make. After offering up his defensive coordinator, there aren’t many more buttons left to push.
Giving Vick a shot at the league’s worst defense gives him a chance to save himself, but if he doesn’t, the next text the Eagles send out will be about someone else.