With Michael Vick likely to return to the starting lineup this Sunday in Miami, will it matter in the grand scheme of Andy Reid’s future with the Eagles? Sure, as Eagles fans, we’re probably all elated that Vick is returning after seeing the abomination of a NFL quarterback in Vince Young the last three weeks. Vick hasn’t really had a great season, but he’s the best quarterback on the team, so we may have a shot to win Sunday. The Dolphins have been coming on strong as of late, so this game won’t be a pushover come Sunday afternoon in Miami. But will Vick be able to take his game to the max, and if he does, will that save Reid’s job for next season?
The Eagles starting quarterback hasn’t played well in a calendar year, as his last good game was last December against the New York Giants during the Miracle in the Meadowlands II game. Since then, he’s 3-9 as a starter and $80 million richer. We all could point to the Eagles and say that was a bad investment because Vick’s play has digressed since then. But now we point to Vick, because the future Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia hangs in the balance and Vick could be the one guy who determines what Joe Banner and Jeffrey Lurie do this off-season regarding their winningest coach in franchise history. Will Vick be able to finish the season strong and change the minds of the fans to keep Andy Reid in Philadelphia?
Let’s look at it this way. I don’t believe anything Vick does will matter in the long run. I think Vick will be our quarterback for the next few years, barring some miracle that lands the Eagles Andrew Luck (Stanford) or Matt Barkley (USC). So it’s up to Banner and co. if they want to start anew with a head coach who may or may not like Vick’s game. It seems like the Eagles will be stuck with Vick and that contract and won’t be able to move him. Stranger things have happened, however. I also think Reid isn’t going anywhere after this season. So Michael Vick could win the next four games in a row, win two of them, or lose all four, but it won’t mean drastic changes from this franchise.
It’ll be interesting to see how the off-season plays out and next year to see if the lockout really had a huge effect on this team. Reid tends to get the best out of his players, offensive and defensive. So players like DeSean Jackson, and almost everyone on the defense seemingly doesn’t have that desire that us Eagles fans are so used to seeing from players under Andy Reid. The players may say Reid’s a great coach and it’s their fault for the team’s failures, but when are we, as smart fans, going to blame everyone and not just the coach?
Personally, I think Reid will return to the team next season regardless of how this season ends. I believe that no matter what happens next season, it will be Reid’s last season in Philadelphia. It just makes sense. The Eagles could go on and win the Super Bowl after 14 years under Reid, and that could be enough for him. It could be enough for the Banner and Lurie. And if he fails, it’s the end of the line. There’s a built-in excuse for this season regarding the NFL lockout and even though every team had to deal with the lockout, the Eagles seem to be talking a lot about it regarding their terrible season thus far. Because of that, I feel the Eagles management will give Reid one more year to take this team to the next level. It’s up to Big Red now.