It’s Nick, not Vick, for the Philadelphia Eagles the rest of the season.
With chaos swirling about the team, Coach Andy Reid made his quarterback change official. Nick Foles, not Michael Vick, will be tasked with trying to bring some stability to the team over the last four games.
“Today I’m going to name Foles — Nick — the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season,” said Reid, whose 3-9 team lost its eighth straight game Sunday night in Dallas. “Mike is on the fast track [in his recovery from a concussion he suffered Nov. 11] so we might be able to get him back this season. No. 1 is his health, most importantly. And No. 2 it gives one of our young players an opportunity to play here the next four games as the starter. Each week he’s come in as the replacement guy.
“Now he is the starter and we’ll see how he does with that on his plate.”
Reid clearly believes that his best chance for returning as Eagles coach for a 15th season rests with seeing if Foles can’t get something positive going.
“I think where we’re at in the season it gives us an opportunity to play and finish it up,” Reid said. “He’s playing well enough to where I think he can win football games and I think where we sit at this position in the season it’s the right thing to do. And Michael, we’ve got to make sure he gets healthy.”
Foles will be playing for his job, as well as that of his head coach, and he’ll be trying to stabilize an organization that’s in a fair bit of chaos. Earlier Monday, Reid fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Last week, the team released defensive end Jason Babin and earlier this season Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Washburn, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, was fired in the parking lot when the team’s plane landed in Philly.