Andy Reid Refuses to Give Up on Philadelphia Eagles, Expects to Start QB Michael Vick Sunday

By Joe Doris
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Despite the almost completely inevitable nature of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s looming termination, the team’s 14-year front-man refuses to throw in the towel.

So, does Reid ignorantly believe that he actually has a chance at keeping his job? Or does he just have too much pride in himself to elude to the fact that his days in Philly are through?

Either way, it is certainly admirable that Reid continues to place all of the blame on himself, while also standing strong and refusing to accept personal defeat. Even though he has never been fired as an NFL coach, Reid has been in the league long enough to know that he must act with dignity and poise in the face of the guillotine.

Reid made an interesting and bold statement earlier today, when he announced that QB Michael Vick will likely start for the injured Nick Foles (hand) in the Eagles’ regular season finale Sunday against the New York Giants.

This revelation comes as a complete shock to Eagles’ fans everywhere, as it looked very much like Vick had taken the field with the birds for the last time.

By starting Vick, I feel like Reid is in a sense trying to show Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his organization that he is fighting until the very end. It’s not like Reid has no choice but to start Vick, as the Eagles have been eliminated from playoff contention by a long shot, and backup QB Trent Edwards is ready to play.

Lurie made it clear to Reid after last season that another 8-8 campaign would mean the end of his tenure.

Well, the way that this regular season has panned out for the absolutely dismal 4-11 Eagles, I’m sure they would have killed for eight wins on the year.

But in reality, Reid is done in Philly. It doesn’t matter if the Eagles’ organization drops the ax on the exact day the season ends, or if they let the situation bleed a little bit longer. There is absolutely no chance that Lurie is going to retain Reid after the embarrassing seasons that he and his team put together over the past two years.

I think that Reid is more than glad to start Vick for one more game. It gives the free-agent-to-be a chance to shine for his potential 2013 suitors in the QB’s final effort with the Eagles against a stout Giants’ defense.

So in an interesting circumstance, it looks like the Reid-Vick duo is going to appear one last time together as Eagles in Week 17, before turning a page, and continuing their professional endeavors elsewhere in the NFL.


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