Eagles Are Considering a QB Change
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick acknowledged that he may be headed to the bench following Sunday's disappointing loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Although Andy Reid claimed that every member of the team would be evaluated, Vick revealed that the longtime Eagles coach will consider benching the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback in favor of rookie Nick Foles.
"Obviously, he's thinking about making a change at the quarterback position," Vick said. "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."
Vick completed 21 of 35 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown, playing a turnover-free game for just the second time this season.
But Vick, who signed a six-year deal worth $100 million prior to last season, failed to beat his former team as the Eagles fell to 3-4 this season.
"Whatever decision Coach makes, I support it," Vick said. "The thing I know is, I'm giving it everything I've got out there when I step on the field. Deep down, as long as I know I'm doing that, giving it everything, that's all I can ask out of myself."
Rain-soaked Philadelphia fans fled for the exits well before the Falcons put the finishing touches on their 30-17 win. The Eagles lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under Reid since 1999.
"That was an embarrassing performance," Reid said. "I'm stating the obvious. We need to get better. I need to do a better job. This is fixable. We have the talent."
The faint "Fire Andy!" chants from the upper deck show exactly who Eagles fans believe deserves the brunt of the blame for the biggest debacle in a season slipping away. Those fans who gutted out the elements weren't alone as #FireAndy was trending on Twitter late in the fourth quarter.
Reid said the Eagles don't need a new voice -- meaning, a new head coach.
"No, I'm going to keep doing that," he said.
The Eagles lost for the first time since Todd Bowles replaced embattled Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, a sign that personnel, as much as play-calling, is at fault.
Castillo's defense allowed 18.5 points per game, excluding two TD returns against the offense. Bowles' defense allowed 21 points in the first 24 minutes and couldn't make a stop until the fourth quarter. One fan held a sign that read, "Fire Castillo Again?"
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report