Michael Vick Says He Might Get Benched by Andy Reid in Week 9

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

Michael Vick didn't turn the ball over in the Eagles' 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, but a loss is a loss. Losing games will always reflect poorly on the quarterback.   

According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Zach Berman, Vick believes Andy Reid is thinking about making a quarterback change for next week's matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Said Vick at the postgame conference, via Berman:

"Obviously, he's thinking about making a change at the quarterback position," Vick said of Andy Reid. "The thing I do know, and I'll go watch the film and I'll evaluate myself, is that I'm giving us every opportunity to win. I'm trying my hardest. Something don't go right when I want them to. Some things do. If that's a decision that coach wants to make, then I support it."

It appears that Vick is trying to be a team player. His effort is there, as it always has been, but wins and production haven't followed. With the Eagles now standing at 3-4 on the season, Reid is on the verge of losing complete control of this season, and perhaps his tenure in Philadelphia.

Another disappointing year could cost Reid his job, so looking for a change behind center makes sense—especially if this tweet from Rant Sports writer Bryn Swartz is true:

Michael Vick saying he is okay with being benched says he's lost his love for the game.

— Bryn Swartz (@eaglescentral) October 28, 2012

It's one thing to understand your head coach's decision, but saying that he's "lost his love for the game" is another issue entirely. The Eagles, then, must worry about distractions, as that is the last thing anybody wants to deal with.

"I still feel like I do a lot of positive things out there and that's all I can ask," Berman quotes Vick as also saying. And, he has the support of at least one teammate in wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson stated, "He's here, he's our quarterback. Until something different happens, I got to roll with it. I feel he does a good job. Just got to make it easier on everybody."

In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of mixed signals here. Philadelphia isn't the most forgiving city when it comes to its athletes, and Vick has to be feeling the heat. Despite his most recent performance sans turnover, Vick does have eight interceptions and nine fumbles this season. That number is way too high for a supposed franchise quarterback trying to lead his team to the playoffs.

If Vick is benched, it looks like rookie Nick Foles would get the call. Foles had a very good preseason, and is a different player entirely. The rookie out of Arizona lacks the veteran's mobility, choosing to throw from the pocket almost exclusively instead.

The Eagles were in a sticky situation last season, and each loss makes this season's situation just as bad. With Vick running the show, it doesn't look like there is any end in sight. Maybe if Foles were behind center, LeSean McCoy would get the touches he deserves out of the backfield.

Either way, it looks like change is on the horizon in Philadelphia. It may not be until the end of the season, but this franchise has too much pride and too high of expectations to allow this to continue.

Stay tuned for updates.


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