After weeks of equivocation, Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Mike Vick will remain the starting quarterback indefinitely, and that it won’t be a week-to-week proposition.
The declaration, the veracity of which some are questioning, came after a “heart-to-heart” meeting between Reid and Vick, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.
Per Cole, the meeting occurred “a few days after Vick publicly suggested he might be benched,” and it was “extremely productive.” Cole reports that Reid decided he “might have lost his players psychologically” if Vick had been benched.
Cole offers quotes from an unnamed Eagles defensive player to prove the point that Reid would have lost the locker room if the switch had been made from Vick to rookie Nick Foles.
Still, given that Reid has contradicted multiple past public proclamations, it’s hard not to wonder whether the commitment to Vick is aimed at getting him to quit worrying about whether the next mistake will be his last mistake. If he plays well and the Eagles win, Reid won’t have to go back on his word, again. If Vick continues to struggle and the team continues to lose, whether Reid is criticized for not being honest will be the least of the coach’s problems.
Reid knows he needs to get to the postseason, at a minimum, to survive. If the Vick-to-Nick change would have caused Reid to lose the locker room, the task would have been much harder, even if Nick Foles played like Joe Montana.