Michael Vick Is Standing Up For Andy ReidBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Do you remember this picture of Andy Reid and Michael Vick standing on the sideline during that awful preseason game the Eagles played against the Pittsburgh Steelers? It stunned everybody that the Eagles starters were dominated so thoroughly by the Steelers first-stringers in the first half. Little did we know that we were getting a good glimpse of the Eagles football team which we would be following this season.
The fall out from the 1-4 start continued to day as the bullseye on Andy Reid became more fixed. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick stood up for Reid today when quizzed by reporters at the Nova Care Complex. He was asked whether Reid deserved the blame for the way this talented team has underachieved.
“It’s the little things that’s killing us in games,” Vick said. “And I know the game of football, and I’ve been around the game a long time, and I know the intricacies and the ins and outs, and it’s not Coach. Bottom line. So put the heat on the players. Put it on us. Don’t put it on him.”
He went on to talk about his willingness to lay in on the line for Reid.
“We’re going to fight for him every minute,” Vick said. “It’s not Coach Reid’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.
“It’s the little things that’s killing the game. It’s not on coach. I know the game of football and I’ve been around the game for a long time and I know the intricacies and the ins and outs, and it’s not coach. Bottom line. Put the heat on the players, you can put it on us. Don’t put in on him.”
I can’t agree with Vick because Reid’s decision to let current defensive coordinator Juan Castillo move from his the offensive line coach position which he has been in for more than a decade to the defensive leader was a major mistake and it’s hurt the offense and the defense.
Reid still does a good job of coming up with ways to attack opposing defenses but he weakened the offensive line for 2011 by letting Howard Mudd reduce the sizes of the center and the two guards. He weakened the defense is by putting a coach in charge who is still in the process of learning the defense he is putting in.
It doesn’t take long for a knowledgeable player to realize that his coach doesn’t know the defense he’s putting in.
Those are horrific mistakes for a coach with the amount of experience that Reid has. He wouldn’t put a novice in charge of his offense. Why would he put a novice in charge of his defense? One doesn’t make any more sense than the other.
I know Reid was putting Castillo in position to help him eventually get a head coaching job, but putting the former offensive line coach in a position which he’s unqualified for wasn’t the best way to put him in a position that would lead to a head coaching job.
After these five disastrous defensive performances, he couldn’t a get a job coaching South Philly High.
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