Despite poor play throughout the season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will keep his starting job, according to multiple reports.
The team released a statement Wednesday confirming Vick will remain under center as they prepare for their Week 9 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who have one of the worst defenses in football.
Looking up in the NFC East with a 3-4 record, this could be a turning point for both Vick and Philadelphia.
Vick has thrown nine touchdowns this season, but also eight interceptions, and has had a severe problem with fumbles throughout the year. To his credit, the Philadelphia offensive line has given up 20 sacks this season, giving Vick far less time on his dropbacks.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid has stood by his quarterback this season, insisting Vick will remain in the starting lineup, but he does have other options.
Behind Vick is 23-year-old rookie Nick Foles, who starred at Arizona, and is more of a pure passer than Vick.
In three years with the Wildcats, Foles threw for more than 10,000 yards and 67 touchdowns, and the Eagles selected him in the third round of this year’s draft.
Foles started three preseason games, going 40-for-63 for 553 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.
After New Orleans, the Eagles schedule only gets stronger, with three of their next four games in the NFC East, and wide receiver DeSean Jackson chimed in on what he thinks of Foles.
"I know as far as Nick Foles what he is capable of doing coming out of college from Arizona, he's definitely a great quarterback," Jackson said according to NFL News. "Very young, too, at the same time. It's just one of those things, you never know until it happens. ... We're just honestly just sitting around, and we'll go to work tomorrow see if anything's changed or what's new, just ready to get going and turn this thing around."