Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid's Only Option Is Vick

Bradley Smith@@Bradley_Smith88Contributor IIIOctober 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles yells to an official during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Every captain goes down with his ship and Andy Reid's is sinking fast.

The Philadelphia Eagles head coach announced that Michael Vick will remain his starting quarterback as the team prepares to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Amongst swirling controversy, Reid made the only move he could by sticking to his guns and not conceding defeat. The beleaguered coach already had to admit to one mistake with Juan Castillo, so inconceivably he was not about to claim fault to another.

The mistake was not made this season. It was made when Vick was named the starting quarterback back in 2010 which eventually jettisoned Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals. That mistake was compounded by the huge contract Vick signed before the start of the 2011 season which ensured his stay in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future.

Yes, what Vick did in 2010 was remarkable. He set career highs in completion percentage (62.6%) and touchdown passes (21), while rushing for 676 yards and nine touchdowns.

Vick proved, at the time, that he is still one of the most exciting players to watch in this league. The thing is, the Eagles became infatuated with the act and fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Given Vick's body of work throughout his career, the money and the faith Philadelphia gave him is unjustifiable.

He has never been an ideal pocket-passing quarterback. While his scrambling and play-making ability is what makes him great, it is also what makes him a detriment. Turnovers, poor decisions and injuries have plagued Vick's career and now have the Eagles pinned with their backs against the wall.


Reid and the Eagles tried to make him into something he is not and failed.

The tone was set this season by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who basically stated that another 8-8 season will not be tolerated and that Reid's job is on the line if the team does not improve.

That pressure to succeed has got Reid doing his best Vick impersonation by scrambling every which way to make sure he does not get sacked.

Castillo was the first domino to fall and while Reid has stated numerous times that everyone on his team is under evaluation, benching Vick now would only signal another fault in his judgment.

It is a shame it has come to this. What Andy Reid has done in his 14 seasons in Philadelphia have been remarkable. He has taken the Eagles, the city of Philadelphia to heights they have never experienced before. Now his ego and pride will not let him get out of his own way and admit his recent decisions regarding this team have been wrong.

But that is the beauty of the coach as well. Amidst all the struggles, Reid is not going to change in the face of adversity. He will go down with this ship, like every admirable captain should.