Reports last night from Eagles beat writers Jeff McLane and Reuben Frank say, not too surprisingly, that Michael Vick and Marty Mornhinweg, will remain in their roles for the Eagles’ next game against the Falcons:
First, McLane: [Philly.com]
The changes Andy Reid said that were coming after he fired Juan Castillo won't involve the quarterback or the offensive coordinator.
Michael Vick will remain the starting quarterback when the 3-3 Eagles face the 6-0 Falcons on Oct. 28 and Marty Mornhinweg will still call the offensive plays, team sources said Thursday.
Now Frank: [CSN Philly]
Michael Vick will remain the Eagles’ starting quarterback, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will remain the offensive play caller when the Eagles return from their bye week, a team source familiar with head coach Andy Reid’s thinking said Thursday.
Man, someone over at the NovaCare Complex has a leaky mouth.
Neither of those things come as a surprise. I don’t think Vick has been bad enough to warrant being benched in favor of a rookie against the 6-0 Falcons.
However, Mornhinweg’s very existence perplexes me. We keep being spoon fed this crap about what a brilliant offensive mind he is, yet nowhere in his track record is there substantial evidence to support that claim. He was offensive coordinator for the 49ers from 1997-2000, and while he did have some success his first two years there, the team missed the playoffs in 1999 and 2000. At one point in 1999, Mornhinweg’s offensive had a four-game streak of not topping seven points– six, six, seven, three.
As head coach of the Lions in 2001 and 2002, his team went 5-27.
And I think we can all see the inconsistencies that have plagued the Eagles offensive since Mornhinweg took over in 2006.
So why, exactly, does he still have a job?