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Andy Reid Says Vick is Still Starting QB in Philly

Rex Ryan has foolishly stood by Mark Sanchez in New York, as he likely realizes his fate is tied to that of his starting quarterback. But Andy Reid is a much smarter (and bigger) man, but he’s found himself in the same conundrum and making the same idiotic mistake.

After losing their fourth straight game the Philadelphia Eagles head coach went to the podium post game and stated that Michael Vick was and still is the starter in Philly.

“Michael Vick will be the quarterback,” Reid said.

While on the surface this seems asinine to try and fathom, Vick being the quarterback after obvious failures, the honest answer is what can Reid really do? It’s not 100 percent Vick’s fault that he’s having struggles. The Eagles offensive line has been less than stale as of late and they allowed Vick to get sacked seven times on Monday night.

Fans are crying for backup Nick Foles, as fans always do when the starter struggles, but what can Foles do that Vick hasn’t behind an offensive line that can offer no protection whatsoever. And although Vick might not be throwing the ball as well as he or fans would like, most of the drops on Monday in New Orleans were not on Vick.

Reid said as much after the game.

“It’s the team. It’s all of us. There’s not one particular person or one side of the ball or anything else. We’re all in this together.”

Now, all that being said, Vick wasn’t a tortured star surrounded by a bumbling bunch of bafoons on Monday. He threw the ball 41 times and only saw it reach his receivers 21 times. Granted, a lot of the blame goes on the receivers for dropping good throws, Vick still should find ways to make things work if he’s as all powerful as he’s led himself on to be.

“I’m pretty frustrated,” Vick said. “These are games that we certainly have an opportunity to win or get back into the game at some point. At that point everything has to be dead on. It has to be dead on. You can’t miss. You got to capitalize and you’ve always got to be perfect on every drive. It’s very frustrating but we just have to keep pushing forward. I don’t know what else to say.”

Before the season, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said that the team’s final record will determine the fate of long time head coach Andy Reid. At that time Lurie said 8-8 is the absolute lowest he’ll allow his team to sink and even then that’s pushing it. Right now it unfortunately looks like 8-8 will be good enough to win the NFC East, but if things continue as is in Philly, Donovan McNabb won’t be the only Eagle from the last decade that helped build contenders to see an ugly exit from the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Dave May

    I disagree that Foles would struggle with the O Line as much as Vick for one MAJOR reason that is somehow not often included in the conversation about why Vick is NOT an elite QB: height. Look at the elite QB’s in the league, and one thing you will find in common is that they are all tall men. Vick, at 6’0″ is very small. It works to his advantage when he runs (which is the only reason he even gets mentioned in conversations about good QB’s) but it is an extreme disadvantage for him as a pocket passer. That the Eagles vaunted QB coaches have tried to force Vick to BE a pocket passer is a subject for another dicsussion. Suffice it to say that Vick’s height makes a bad O-Line a problem because he cannot see the field well enough to check down quickly, which means he has to wait for his deep receivers to get open before he can throw the ball. And we know that with this line, all it takes is mediocre coverage in the secondary to make sure that Vick ends up on the ground more often than not. Aside from his inability to see short receivers (especially his tight ends) he also has an extremely high number of blocked or deflected passes, which have accounted for a few of his interceptions this season. Foles, by comparison, is 6’6″ and his ability to see OVER the terrible O Line will give him an immediate advantage over Vick. He has a cannon of an arm (like Vick) and is fairly accurate (like VIck) making him just as much of a deep threat QB as Vick, with the added ability to check-down quickly to receivers on short crossing routes in short yardage situations. Granted, he is not fast or quick like Vick -who uses his speed to disguise just how frequently he can’t see open receivers- but history will generally show that tall QB’s who see the field well and can read coverages (Manning, Brady, etc.) always far better than guys who can take off and run when a play blows up. Part of why McNabb was such an elite QB in his prime was that he had elements of each; his problem was that a) he was innaccurate and b) he had guys like Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell to throw to whereas Vick has Jackson and Maclin. But I digress.