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.