Andy Reid spoke to the media today. The key topic was the status of QB Michael Vick. Reid said that Vick is the QB and that this isn’t a week-to-week decision. Vick is his QB. Reid said he was really upset after the game and wanted some time before making any decisions, which was the delay in making the announcement that Vick would remain the starter. He went so far as to say he never really considered benching Vick?
What in the name of Howard Eskin is going on here? What do we make of this?
Not much. Reid has to say this stuff. You can’t make Vick the QB on Sunday and announce to the world that his job is on the line. You have to stick with him. It keeps the other players from wondering what’s going on. Also, you hope the support helps Vick’s confidence.
I don’t for a second believe that Vick is the QB going forward, unless he starts to play well. In fact, I think Vick could get benched in the Saints game if the offense doesn’t get going. Vick had a down season in 2011. He’s down again this year and he took the whole offense with him. We have 12 offensive TDs this year. 12!?! We scored 7 offensive TDs in the 59-28 win over WAS back in 2010. The lack of points is driving Reid nuts, just like us.
Monday night is going to be so interesting. If we’re down 17-6 at half…how on Earth can you stick with Vick? If we’re up 21-17, life is good and maybe there is hope for Vick and us.
Honestly, there is part of me that would like to see the offense struggle just to find out what Reid would do. Most of me is so desperate to enjoy a game that I hope the offense and team play well and give me a night to enjoy.
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Reid said that Mike Patterson will get some reps with the starters. He wants to see how Mike does. They’ve got to figure out if they want to add him to the mix or not.
Cullen Jenkins missed practice with a minor injury, but Reid expects him to be fine. Danny Watkins is still out. Reid made it sound like he’ll miss the game. Dennis Kelly had a good showing on Sunday so having him start again is fine with me.
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There was a players only meeting today after Reid finished talking to the team. Per Geoff Mosher, the guys who spoke at the meeting were:
Players only meetings are never a good sign. This is something you do when nothing else is working as expected. The players have good intentions, but the results aren’t always great. Coaches can yell at players. When players challenge other players…that can be awkward. Sometimes the right thing is said and it can help. More often than not, the meetings have little effect.
Our buddy Sam found a good example: 2007 Giants. They had a players only meeting in late November and then won 3 of 4 games. Then they lost in the season finale, but it was 38-35 to the undefeated Pats. That was no typical loss. The Giants built off that momentum and went 4-0 in the playoffs to win the Super Bowl.
I’d love to tell you that the Eagles will do the same thing, but that would be a false promise. I have no idea how our guys will respond on Monday. I’m certainly hoping for the best.
We won’t know if the meeting means anything until we see the results on the field.