New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ debut saw the Falcons throw for 246 yards and rush for 146 more and the Eagles (3-4) conceded 30 or more points for the first time since Dec. 1, 2011.
But since he cannot fire two defensive coordinators in three weeks, Reid may turn to the other side of the ball in an effort to shake things up.
Quarterback Michael Vick was turnover free for the first time this season on Sunday, but after the loss, he sounded resigned to the fact that a change could be imminent.
“Obviously, he’s thinking about making a change at the quarterback position,” Vick said. “The thing I do know is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win. I’m trying my hardest. Some things don’t go right when I want them to. Some things do. So if that’s the decision that (Reid) wants to make, then I support it.”
Reid was a bit more measured in his post-game comments, although he did not exactly endorse Vick as his starter.
“I’ll go back and look at everything,” Reid said. “I’m not going to sit here and make decisions right now. I’m going to go back and look at it and analyze it.”
As usual, the Philly fans are restless, and after watching rookie Nick Foles perform well in the preseason, they appear willing to explore any alternative options that could give their team a much-needed spark.
Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann wrote Sunday that such a decision is not the type of move Reid is prone to making.
Put it this way: If he does start rookie Nick Foles next week in New Orleans, Reid will have surrendered to his situation. He has never done that before, not really. His moves in the past have almost always been affirmative moves. He generally does not do things out of fear.
Most times, it is really the opposite. Most times, he does things because he believes they are the right things, not the expedient things or the popular things. Making Juan Castillo his defensive coordinator in the first place, making Vick his quarterback, a religious belief in throwing the ball – those are just three examples of a man and his single-mindedness.
This would be different. To bench Vick would be playing to the crowd, and maybe to the owner. It would be not only a resounding admission of a mistake, but it would also be based solely on the notion that Foles could somehow catch lightning in the Superdome, and hang on to it for the next 2 months.
Will Reid make the switch at quarterback? If he does, it would indicate just how dire Philadelphia’s situation has suddenly become.
Until then, Vick needs to stop watching Cam Newton post-game press conferences and focus on elevating his own play.