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Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick Defends Head Coach Andy Reid

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the red challenge flag on a play involving Brent Celek #87 in the second half as Michael Vick #7 looks on against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Yueh HoCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

According to a report by, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick defended Andy Reid in an interview, going so far as to call him "the best in the business."

"It's not coach's fault. Coach can’t go out and hold onto the ball. Coach can’t throw the ball down the field. Coach can’t go out there and do it. He can only give us what we need – the recipe for victory, and that’s what we’re getting," Vick said.

Vick's comments are interesting as they come at a time when Andy Reid is facing harsh criticism—from Eagles fans and non-fans—for his handling of the 2011 Eagles team. 

The Eagles were considered heavy Super Bowl favorites, being dubbed the "Dream Team" after acquiring prized free agent acquisitions, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cullen Jenkins, and Nnamdi Asomugha just to name a few. But despite having arguably the most talented Eagles roster in franchise history, Reid's 2011 Eagles have a 1-4 record and are dead last in the NFC East.

As a result, speculation is already beginning to arise that 2011 will be Andy Reid's last season as head coach of the Eagles.

However, debate continues to rage as to whether the blame for the poor start rests primarily with Reid, or with the players.

Vick offered his input there as well.

"Put the heat on the players, you can put it on us. Don’t put in on him." also reported that Jason Avant had called for a players-only meeting earlier in the day. That would seem to suggest that the team itself may feel they are to blame for their poor performance thus far, and not the coaching staff.

Andy Reid has a current career win record of 119-75 (.613) and a 10-9 (.526) record in the postseason. This has resulted in five NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles. He has won more regular season and playoff games than any other head coach in Eagles history.

But Reid has failed to deliver a Super Bowl title to Philadelphia, despite making the postseason in nine out of 12 seasons as head coach.

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