Michael Vick,will remain the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback when they play the against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.
The team will resume practice Thursday for Monday night's game against the Saints in New Orleans, ESPN said. The Eagles are off Wednesday and Reid and Vick are not scheduled to address the media again until Thursday.
But CBSSports.com reported that there was so much speculation and so many rumors, Andy Reid felt the need to clear the air. So the Eagles coach released a statement Wednesday.
Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and Philadelphia (3-4) has lost three straight, so there had been talk that he would be replaced by rookie Nick Foles, talk that was fueled by Reid's comments following the Eagles' 30-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
Reid said he would evaluate the quarterback position and wasn't going to make a snap judgment, but he did leave the door open to the possibility of a change.
Then Vick also acknowledged that Reid could demote him and promote Foles when he said “Obviously, [Reid] is thinking about making a change at the quarterback position. … So, if that's a decision that coach wants to make, then I support it.”
Reid has changed his mind on his starting quarterbacks in a 24-hour period before, reversing his call on Kevin Kolb and replacing him with Vick in 2010.
Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and guys who didn't make a roster. Foles impressed coaches and teammates, and fans have been calling for him to start since Week 1, SI said.
Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on its final drive the first two games of the season. But he's been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles. He's coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.
More fuel was thrown on the fire on Tuesday, when wide receiver DeSean Jackson was interviewed by the NFL Network and said he wouldn't be surprised if Reid changed quarterbacks.
“We're too good of a team to be on a three-game losing streak,'' Jackson said, “so whatever it is we can do to get things rolling, that is what we are here to do.”
And when asked if a change at QB could also change the Eagles' fortunes, Jackson said, “You never know until it happens.”
Finally, when Jackson was asked about the way Vick has run the offense this season he replied: “I don't think he is as comfortable as he usually is.”
The Eagles still have time to turn things around and save Reid's job. He's already been told by owner Jeffrey Lurie that another 8-8 finish would be "unacceptable."
So, with all that talk buzzing around, that led to speculation Vick's days were numbered. But Reid decided to throw his support behind Vick over unproven rookie Foles as of now.. Whether it remains there remains to be seen.