Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who said during the summer he thought his team could turn out to be a dynasty, appears unfazed by recent talk (including his own) about the possibility he could lose his job as starting quarterback. In a text message this morning to our man Sal Paolantonio, Vick said he was, "Ready to make a playoff run. One play at a time. One game at a time."
Vick was on something of a texting spree this morning. He also sent one to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"It's great to know that I have the support of my coach," Vick wrote in a text to the newspaper. "It's driving me to work harder and remain focused to help this football team win games."
This all happens one day after the Eagles made an official announcement to the media that Eagles coach Andy Reid had decided to stick with Vick as his starting quarterback, and four days after the Eagles sleepwalked through a loss to the Atlanta Falcons that dropped their season record to 3-4. They are 2.5 games behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East (though they do have a head-to-head victory in hand) and 1.5 games behind the Packers for the final NFC playoff spot with nine games left on their schedule. So the playoffs certainly aren't out of the question for a team that believes it has yet to play to its potential. But there is something of a make-or-break feel to the Eagles' upcoming game Monday night against the Saints in New Orleans.
If Vick turns the ball over at the rate he did in the six games the Eagles played before the bye, or if the offense continues to struggle to put drives together, and if they lose the game and drop to 3-5, Vick might not be in charge of whether the Eagles make that playoff run or not, because he might find himself replaced by rookie Nick Foles.