Why Michael Vick Will Only Lose His Starting Job If Andy Reid Is Fired

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:  Michael Vick #7 and head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles observe a moment of silence in memory of Reid's son Garrett before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick's job will never be in question as long as Andy Reid holds the keys to the Philadelphia Eagles franchise.

If Reid is fired, Vick's job security becomes a little dicey. The problem is that Vick's particular style of quarterbacking is "love it or hate it" type of work. Reid has firmly backed the mobile and athletic nature of Vick. To a lesser degree he handled a mobile QB in the form of Donovan McNabb prior to the Vick era.

Reid is known as one of the best offensive minds in football and is a tremendous groomer of QB talent. He helped turn McNabb into one of the best QBs in the NFL. He turned Kevin Kolb into a $63.5 million prize for the Arizona Cardinals (what happened to him once he got there is another issue entirely.)

And, most pertinent to the issue at hand, he took Vick from a football outcast and returned him to the form of the defensive headache he had been with the Atlanta Falcons. Reid is comfortable with the playmaking style of Vick because it is an offense he has run since he began his tenure as head coach with the Eagles in 1999.

However, Vick has struggled greatly this season. He has just six touchdowns and six interceptions. His completion percentage stands under 50.0. Vick is averaging under five yards a carry for the first time in his career. And Philadelphia has scored a mere 80 points in five games.

Other coaches may not have the patience of Reid. They may not see the direction that the 32-year-old Vick is taking the Eagles on as a proper course. After all, Vick is clearly not getting any younger, and question marks abound as to whether or not he can ever lead a Super Bowl championship team.

Reid is a loyalist. He sticks by his guy, for better or worse. Catcalls came early and often for McNabb, but aside from a few games where he was pulled early, Reid stuck by him as the starting quarterback of Philadelphia, and he will stick by Vick as long as he can.

Do not mistake this as Vick not being capable of succeeding right now. He is still a lethal weapon that forces defenses to game-plan in unique and troublesome ways. However, he is a niche QB, a player that many other coaches may want to stay away from, and start fresh either with Nick Foles or some other young signal-caller.

Andy Reid has been on the public hot seat far too often in recent years, and Vick has seen has fair share of criticism as well. These two are now forever linked because of this era of Eagles football. 

Vick will be the QB of the Eagles now and tomorrow. That is, as long as Reid continues to roam the sidelines every Sunday.