Given the attention paid to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s belief that his team has a chance to build a dynasty, it’s not surprising that Andy Reid found himself being asked about it on Sunday.
You’d imagine that a coach who is fond of talking up the opposition during his weekly news conferences wouldn’t be too crazy about Vick putting the cart before the horse for a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008, but Reid didn’t seem too disturbed by it when talking to the press on Sunday. Reid praised Vick’s work ethic and said he appreciated his quarterback’s confidence.
“I’m OK with that,” Reid said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. “I know the player. I know this player. I know he loves challenges, is as competitive as anybody you’ve ever been around. He wants to win and he’s willing to do whatever it takes physically and mentally to do that.”
You can’t really expect Reid to say anything too different. He’s certainly not going to step up and say that he doesn’t think the team has a chance to win the Super Bowl and he’s been around long enough to know that any kind of negative response, assuming he has one, would only going to create an issue that the Eagles have to keep talking about when they should be preparing for the season.
This response might not keep the issue from hanging around, but at least Reid sidestepped the narrative that there’s an issue between coach and player. Now he just needs to get the team in strong enough shape that the dynasty comment doesn’t turn into this year’s “Dream Team” moment.