According to Andy Reid, Vick had nothing to worry about. The Eagles coach, in full damage-control mode, said that the three-day lapse between his Sunday comment that he would evaluate the quarterback position and his Wednesday statement that Vick remained his starter had nothing to do with his contemplating a change.
"My point wasn't that I was going to bench Michael Vick," Reid said. Later, he emphatically added: "Michael . . . was the quarterback, is the quarterback, and will continue to be the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. I can't make it any more clear than that."
Reid has been down the quarterback controversy road before. In 2010, it was Kevin Kolb who had Reid's seal of approval before the coach decided a week later to bench him in favor of Vick. Things change, and Reid won't likely be held to this week's declaration, especially in light of the Eagles' struggles and the hot seat on which he sits.
But when he was asked whether Vick was his starter for the rest of the season, Reid answered in the present: "Michael's the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles," he said.
In truth, Vick will start Monday night's game in New Orleans, and after that nobody knows. Such is the situation Reid finds himself in with his team 3-4 and a loss away from bursting into flames.
For what it's worth, Vick called a players-only meeting Wednesday. When Reid left the room, he stood up first and spoke and was followed by several veterans, including defensive end Trent Cole, receiver Jeremy Maclin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, linebacker DeMeco Ryans, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
They voiced their grievances, with some calling out the effort of players, but the vibe was a positive one, a veteran Eagle said. It should be noted that the Eagles held a similar meeting after they opened last season 1-4. They won their next two but went 1-4 over the following five games.
"Things just needed to get cleared up," tight end Brent Celek said. "Nothing major."
Vick said that he needed to get his "swag" back. "Back to playing the way I love to play it and not worry about what's going to happen, because that's out of my control," he said.
The 2-5 Saints could be just the remedy. Their defense is ranked last in the league in yards allowed and 30th in points. The Eagles offense has been stuck in neutral for most of the season. Some of it has to do with its 17 turnovers - 13 of Vick's doing - but the unit has also struggled to stretch the field.
Vick shouldered some of the blame for sometimes being too conservative. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson said on the NFL Network that he didn't think Vick has looked comfortable in the offense this season.
"We like to attack," Vick said. "Our offensive personality is being aggressive."
Reid said he thought Vick played one of his best games of the season against Atlanta. It was his second game without a turnover. Still, if the turnovers return in New Orleans, Reid may have a short hook and be forced to go with rookie Nick Foles.
"Nick is doing fine, and he's progressing very well," Reid said.
Foles said that he did not get caught up in the hullabaloo over who would start at quarterback, even though his name was right there along with Vick's reverberating on talk radio and ESPN.
"I don't watch SportsCenter," Foles said.
Vick said it was never presented to him by Reid that he was still the starter. They had their regular conversations during the week, but Vick said they "talked about some things that we both needed to discuss. And that was that."
He said he was moving forward. Later, several hours after the throng had departed, Vick was asked whether he was all right.
"Yeah," he said. "My mind is as clear as it's been."
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