Andy Reid didn’t say that there is a chance that he would replace Mike Vick with Nick Foles. That’s not what he meant when he said, “We’ll evaluate as we go here.”
You misinterpreted his words. It’s just semantics, man.
That was Reid’s assertion when he met with the media on Wednesday, at least.
According to Reid, he was unaware of how his comments were being taken until he was approached by the Eagles’ head of media relations, Derek Boyko. After that point discussion, Reid met with Vick one-on-one to ensure that there was no misunderstanding.
Could Reid really think that opening the door on the possibility of benching Mike Vick would be anything other than the sports media equivalent of all hell breaking loose?
This is how Reid explained it:
“Well, it was the way that it was interpreted. That’s not what I had in mind. [Eagles director of football media services] Derek [Boyko] explained to me how it was interpreted and so, I’ve talked to Mike, made sure I mentioned it on my radio show. You guys are very good at what you do, so I [want to] make sure we clarify it. Bad semantics there.”
For his part, Vick was not rattled by Reid’s comments and indicated that he knows that his coach is completely behind him.
“We talked about it. We spoke about it but it wasn’t anything serious. We’re in a position where we have to look forward to this week. We have to get ready for this game [and] that’s what is most important. Any outside distractions can become a deterrent to this team so we’re just trying to move forward and get ready for the next game.”
This is the Philadelphia Eagles doing damage control. Who knows what’s truly in Reid’s mind. But it’s hard to think that there wasn’t at least some truth revealed in the coach’s response to the question of whether he was considering benching Vick on Monday. But the last thing the Eagles need during Giants Week is the massive distraction of a quarterback controversy, so the franchise is right to try to quash the chatter.
Whether it will work is another matter.
Perhaps it was meant to be a jolt to Vick. Because, and absolutely no disrespect meant to Foles, if Reid hands the reigns to the rookie indefinitely, for all intents and purposes the Eagles’ season will be over. That seems an unlikely decision for someone whose job is on the line, as we know Reid’s is. At the same time, unless there is a rapid and dramatic improvement in Vick’s play, sticking with his starter may prove to be a challenging option as well.
I want to believe that whatever the problem has been, Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Vick can find a magic solution, one which they have inexplicably been withholding for the first three games of the season. The talent is there. There’s all of that offseason work. There’s no need to give up yet.
I don’t know about you, but the only time I want to see Nick Foles this season is if Vick is injured. Yes, he is incredibly talented, has far exceeded expectations and is likely the future of this franchise. But he’s never played in a regular season NFL game and there will be a significant learning curve. Is that better than sticking with Vick, even if he continues to struggle?
Come Sunday if there is a blowout (perish the thought), to the Giants (NO!), on primetime television (ugh), things are really going to get ugly around these parts. Let’s hope we don’t have to face that kind of reality.
Our defense has gotten itself together, even with some of its miscues last week. The offense must. We have to use Shady. We have to find a way to overcome the mish-mashed line and get some basic protection in place. And if we can’t, it’s going to be another long season.
Quarterback controversy averted with Reid’s clarification of his comments? Not really. It’s more like it’s on hold until we see the outcome of Week 4.