Eagles head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say he was considering another major change after the game, but Michael Vick did. Vick told reporters following the 30-17 Eagles loss to the Falcons that Reid was thinking about a QB switch — and that Vick would stand behind his coach if so.
“Obviously, he’s thinking about making a change at quarterback,” Vick said. “If he makes that decision, I support it.”
This was Vick’s chance to keep his job. Although he didn’t turn the ball over, Reid clearly feels he needs to do something to light a fire under this team and perhaps save his own job.
Per our sources prior to this game, the Eagles’ coaches hesitated to turn the ball over to rookie backup QB — and preseason folk hero — Nick Foles for a couple of reasons. One, they wanted to give Vick an opportunity coming off the bye in front of the home crowd, and two, they were worried about unleashing Foles behind what has been a porous offensive line.
Vick was sacked three more times Sunday, bringing the total to 20 in seven games. Foles was sacked, pressured and hit a ton as a senior behind a young offensive line at Arizona last season and it resulted in some up-and-down play. The coaches didn’t want the third-rounder getting battered around in the pros, too.
Another factor: Firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and benching Vick the same week might have looked too much like a midseason housecleaning when the team stood at .500.
But now it might be late enough where that concern subsides. The Eagles are 3-4, and owner Jeffrey Lurie stated this offseason that “8-8 won’t cut it.” For Reid to avoid that record, his Eagles will have to finish 6-3 or better.