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

For now, reports indicate that Michael Vick will remain the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback. But one former quarterback, no stranger to QB controversy or the pressure of starting in Philly, came to Vick’s defense.

“You have to focus on your job and if you focus on your job, you block everything out,” Donovan McNabb, the former Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings quarterback said on “NFL AM” today (via

“I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos and hearing the radio stations talk and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched, then you begin to lose focus and now your play begins to fall and you begin to focus on other things. … I think it’s important for him [Vick] to feed off of what he did last week, not turning the ball over, protect the football, give his guys an opportunity to make plays for him and good things can happen.”

Vick has completed 59 percent of his passes while throwing for nine touchdowns and eight interceptions and sounded as if he wouldn’t blame Reid if he chose to make a switch. He’s been sacked 20 times and coughed up the ball nine. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson told the same show: “I just don’t think he’s as comfortable as he usually is. A lot of teams are trying to shoot at him and come at him any way possible and give him less time.”

Jackson said he has no idea what Reid might do, with the Eagles at 3-4. “Whatever coach decides to do … we just have to move along with it,” Jackson said. “You never know until it happens. We’ll go to work tomorrow and see if anything changes.”

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