Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Michael Vick will remain the team’s starting quarterback despite another dismal performance on Sunday.
“Right now, we’re with Michael Vick and that’s what we’re doing,” Reid said Monday, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’ll evaluate it as we go.”
That’s hardly a full-fledged endorsement for his starting quarterback, but Vick’s play to date has been erratic at best.
Vick completed only 17 of 37 passes for 217 yards as the Eagles failed to find the end zone against Arizona’s suddenly-dominant defense in a 27-6 rout. He also lost a pair of fumbles, bringing his season turnover total to nine. Vick has thrown twice as many interceptions (6) as touchdowns (3) and has a quarterback rating of 66.2 this season, good for 29th in the league.
Of course Vick isn’t getting much help from his offensive line. He was sacked five times Sunday and absorbed at least 13 hits in the pocket.
For a player with perpetual injury concerns, that won’t cut it. And while rookie Nick Foles impressed in the preseason, his 6-foot-6 frame would make a big target for free-blitzing linebackers and defensive backs.
It’s going to be difficult for the Eagles to develop that dynasty without a functional offensive line.
If the Eagles do not address their protection issues, Vick could find himself on the turf early and often when the New York Giants come to town Sunday night.