Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 9/25/12

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 15: Andy Reid head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles points to his defensive line as he yells instructions against the San Diego Chargers late in the fourth quarter during the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 15, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A slip of the tongue, perhaps? With a couple of misspoken words, Eagles coach Andy Reid started a firestorm of speculation about the future of franchise QB Michael Vick. “Right now, we’re with Michael. That’s what we’re doing. We’ll evaluate that as we go.”

With that, an immediate QB controversy was created. Would Andy Reid pull the plug on his $20 million QB and go with the rookie Nick Foles who was so impressive during the preseason? I personally didn’t get that out of Reid’s comments, but many others did.

6 hours later, Andy Reid would attempt to clarify his comments saying on his Coach’s show on 94WIP that it was the last question of his earlier press conference, implying that he somehow that his words were not as he intended. “Michael is our quarterback. Period.”

The truth is that Andy Reid has backed Michael Vick all along. He’s admitted that everyone could do a better job, including himself, but has contended that the turnover situation (12 in 3 games, 8 by Vick’s alone) MUST be rectified. I have a hard time believing that Andy Reid, in the final year of his contract before he becomes a lame duck head coach, and with Jeffrey Lurie’s proclamation that 8-8 won’t save Reid, would turn over his team to a rookie QB. No matter how promising Foles has looked, barring injury to Vick, the move doesn’t make sense for a coach that is charged with winning now.

That’s not to say that if Vick continues to get pounded that Reid may have no choice but to do so, but unless Michael Vick continues to play badly and the situation grows worse and more dire, I don’t see Reid making a change. If he feels the season is sinking like a stone with Vick, then maybe the move would be made out of desperation.

Personally, I’m of the belief that this is Vick’s make or break season. So far it is of the broken variety even if the team is at 2-1 in the standings. The Eagles will give Vick every opportunity to return to his 2010 form, which won’t happen by the way, before moving on. I wouldn’t expect them to move on until after this season. Remember that Reid may have benched Donovan McNabb for a game, but the next week McNabb was his starting QB. The official severing of ties happened in the offseason when the Eagles traded McNabb. And don’t forget that Michael Vick’s guaranteed money runs out, conveniently, after this season is over, providing the Eagles with the perfect chance to cut ties without financial repercussions.

I’m relatively certain that Andy Reid misspoke yesterday. Perhaps he got his cliches mixed up and threw one in the wrong spot. Andy does talk about evaluating things often. In a season that started with promise, even the 2 wins felt like losses, and Sunday’s meltdown in the desert was simply an old fashion ass kicking. This could be the beginning of the end for Michael Vick.

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