First, QB 7 texted Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane: “It’s great to know I have the support of my coach. It’s driving me to work harder and remain focused to help this football team win games.”
Perhaps Pro Football Talk had the best reaction to that communiqué: Maybe self-delusion and sarcasm is easier via text, because after being left to twist in the wind for half a week, what the Eagles and coach Andy Reid put Vick through hardly seems like support.
The delusion showed up again in a text to Sal Pauolaslasnoasnaotnoaoatatotonio. Here’s what Vick had to say to Sal Pal: "Ready to make a playoff run. One play at a time. One game time."
One game at a time, six times. The Eagles would have to finish at least 6-3 (to get to 9-7). It’s possible, but not likely. Not with the way the Eagles have been playing.
So many times Andy Reid has turned around a lost season with late-season runs. And the Eagles almost found their way into the playoffs last year. So, 3-4 certainly isn’t an insurmountable record to overcome. But I can’t help thinking that Sunday’s loss was the unofficial end of the Reid era– storm moving in, empty seats, embarrassing loss. If Christopher Nolan had directed that movie and been given access to a newly discovered palette of grey hues with which to film, the scene still couldn’t have been more perfectly dreary for that mess. Though Bane blowing up the field would have added something, I guess.