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Is Michael Vick the next to lose his job in Philly?

Is Michael Vick headed for a bye-week benching? (Michael Perez / AP)

Andy Reid may or may not have fixed the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense with the firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo today. Will Reid next address the offense and bench his quarterback, Michael Vick?

The Eagles began their bye week Monday, which would give Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg time to prepare rookie Nick Foles to start Oct. 28 against the Atlanta Falcons. There’ve been plenty of rumors and rumblings about Vick’s job security, with reports that the team might dump him to avoid guaranteeing $3 million of his $15.5 million in 2013. On Monday, Reid was asked whether he was committed to Vick, who has committed 13 of the Eagles 17 turnovers and has a 77.7 passer rating.

“Today, I am,” came Reid’s answer.

That’s hardly a confidence-booster from a guy who has been known to fall in and out of love with quarterbacks and promised not long ago to evaluate the QB situation “as we go.” (See Mike Kafka, Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb…to name three.) Is Vick about to be the next one?

Addressing the change in a noon press conference, Reid promised that more would follow during the bye week, but didn’t say specifically what they might be. In fact, he sounded a lot like he sounded Monday when he defended Castillo…which might bode well for Vick.

“As I sit here today,” Reid said, “he’s the starting quarterback.”

Reid, according to Zach Berman of, was told that his reply might make it seem like he’s considering a switch to Foles.

“I’m just telling the truth,” Reid said. “That’s what I’m saying to you. Right now, Michael Vick is the starting quarterback.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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