Andy Reid quieted the unending speculation surrounding Mike Vick’s fate despite an off day for the team and confirmed that Vick would start for the team on Monday versus the New Orleans Saints.
The questions began swirling shortly after the team fell to 30-17 at the Linc on Sunday and Vick responded to a question about his possible benching as follows:
“Obviously, he’s thinking about making a change at the quarterback position. The thing I do know is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win. I’m trying my hardest. Some things don’t go right when I want them to. Some things do. So if that’s the decision that (Reid) wants to make, then I support it.”
Now with a 3-4 record, Sunday’s loss was alarming for many reasons for Philadelphia. Chief among them is the fact that former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s firing and the bye week seemed to do nothing to ignite the team.
The fact that Vick will start on Monday should shock no one. Starting untested rookie Nick Foles in one of the most hostile environments in the NFL would be incredibly unwise. Whether Vick will finish the game, however, is another matter depending on his performance.
The sputtering Eagles offense, unable to score much more than 17 points a game, is going to have come up with a whole lot more power to match wits–and points–with Drew Brees and the Saints offense. While New Orleans’ defense is the worst in the league, who among us things that that equals certain victory for this Philadelphia team?
Reid will address the media on Thursday. The bye week didn’t do a thing to help the Birds improve, but perhaps this extra day off will bring some introspection, accountability, and a call to action for Eagles players individually and the team as a whole. Because if not, I fear this team is all out of answers.