Michael Vick is still the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback.
Coach Andy Reid confirmed Wednesday through the team that Vick will be in the lineup for Monday night's game in New Orleans. Because the team had a scheduled day off Wednesday, Reid will not address the media until this morning.
After Sunday's 30-17 loss to Atlanta - the Eagles' third consecutive defeat - Vick hinted that Reid was considering benching him in favor of rookie Nick Foles, a third-round draft pick out of the University of Arizona.
Reid said only that he would evaluate the situation. Apparently, he determined that Vick gives the Eagles their best chance of beating the Saints, despite Vick's NFC-high 13 turnovers. He has thrown eight interceptions and lost five fumbles.
"I still feel like I do a lot of positive things out there and that's all I can ask," Vick said Sunday after the game. "But I still have to evaluate myself and be critical of myself and we'll go from there."
Foles, one of six quarterbacks drafted in the first three rounds last April, is the only one of those rookies who has not taken a snap this season. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington), Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland) and Russell Wilson (Seattle) start for their respective teams. Brock Osweiler (Denver) has performed a pair of kneeldowns as Peyton Manning's backup.
Foles also has not worked with the starting offense in practice since the regular season began. He is the quarterback of the scout team offense, which runs the plays of the opposing team against the Eagles' starting defense.
Reid, who is in his 14th season as coach, last benched a quarterback because of poor performance in 2008, when he demoted Donovan McNabb in favor of Kevin Kolb for the second half of a loss at Baltimore. McNabb was back in the lineup for a victory over Arizona on Thanksgiving that season and wound up leading the Eagles to the NFC championship game.
"(Vick) has to focus on his job," McNabb said Tuesday during a radio interview on the NFL Network. "If you focus on your job, you block everything out. Once you start hearing the boos, hearing the radio-station talk, people outside (the team) bringing your name up about being benched, then you begin to lose focus. He needs to feed off his play last week."
Vick did not play badly against the Falcons, throwing for 191 yards and a touchdown and also rushing for 42 yards while not committing a turnover.
For the season, Vick has completed 157-of-266 passes (59 percent) for 1,823 yards with nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions. His quarterback efficiency rating of 78.6 ranks 25th in the NFL. His 247 rushing yards rank third among quarterbacks behind Griffin (476) and Carolina's Cam Newton (310).
"I don't think he's as comfortable running the offense as he usually is," Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said Tuesday in an interview on the NFL Network radio show. "But as far as Michael Vick and what he's capable of doing, I think he's still an elite quarterback in this league. You can't ever blame it on one man."
The Eagles' biggest offensive problem appears to be an injury-riddled offensive line that was missing Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right guard Danny Watkins last Sunday.
Kelce is out for the season with two torn knee ligaments. Watkins should return against the Saints after sitting out with a chronic ankle injury. The Eagles are hoping that Peters, who twice ruptured his right Achilles tendon during the offseason, will be able to return at some point this season.
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