Vick would 'support' being benched

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) spins away from Atlanta Falcons defender Sean...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) spins away from Atlanta Falcons defender Sean Weatherspoon (56) during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 28, 2012. (Reuters/TIM SHAFFER)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

Has Michael Vick quarterbacked his last game as a Philadelphia Eagle?

Maybe so.

Embattled head coach Andy Reid is considering benching Vick.

So said the quarterback himself on Sunday, following his team's 30-17 thrashing at the hands of the still-undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

"Obviously, he's thinking about making a change at the quarterback position," Vick said. "I'm trying my hardest. Some things don't go right when I want them to, and some things do. So if that's the decision that coach wants to make, then I support it."

Wow.

That comment says everything about Vick's shrivelling confidence.

Actually, though, Reid sounded almost as defeated as Vick. And he had no more answers as to why, for the second consecutive season, an Eagles team with legit Super Bowl aspirations is watching it all fly out the window before November.

Sunday's loss dropped the Eagles to 3-4, after a 3-1 start.

The loss sure wasn't all on Vick. The whole team stunk.

"It's embarrassing "¦ I take full responsibility for that performance," Reid said. "I didn't do a good enough job to challenge them. I didn't do a good enough job in getting them ready.

"This is fixable. And we're going to get it right. It's hard for me to tell you that after a performance like that "¦ We have the talent. We just have to do a better job."

As much on defence as anywhere.

You'd think two weeks to prepare under a new coordinator -- Reid fired Juan Castillo two weeks ago -- might have helped the talented but maligned Eagles defence at least slow down the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offence.

Nope. Not even close.

The visiting Falcons bowled over Todd Bowles' defenders all game long, and made it look easy, scoring on all six possessions through the first three quarters.

Those possessions went like this:

* 80 yards, 16 plays, touchdown

* 51 yards, eight plays, touchdown

* 73 yards, three plays, touchdown

* 66 yards, 13 plays, field goal

* 68 yards, nine plays, field goal

* 69 yards, 12 plays, field goal

Not one flukey score.

"When you do that, it's going to be a good day," Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan said.

An aside about Ryan. He was practically flawless in leading the Falcons to a 24-7 halftime lead, going 17-of-20 for 197 yards and three TDs.

Ryan finished 22-of-29 for 262 yards and no interceptions, and is playing as well on offence as anyone in the league at the halfway point.

The Falcons are 7-0 in large part thanks to Ryan's expert helmsmanship.

Conversely, Vick stopped being a turnover machine but otherwise did little to help his struggling Eagles. He was 21-of-35 for 191 yards. His low yardage total reflects our observation that he seemed to check down to dinky routes a lot more than usual.

"Every time I step out there on that field I give it everything I have," Vick said in defending his effort, not his results. "And I try to leave no stones unturned, and I think it's evident. That's all that I can ask out of myself. That way I can sleep at night."

In reference to Vick's performance and future as his quarterback, all Reid said was the following: "I'll go back and look at everything "¦ and analyze it."

That was pretty much what he said two weeks ago before whacking Castillo.

Asked if he was concerned bad things would now snowball for his Eagles, Reid said, "Right now I'm concerned that we get ourselves better for New Orleans. That's what I'm concerned about."

And as for Philly fans, who departed in waves early in the fourth quarter -- probably because they were as tired of booing as they were of the relentless cold drizzle -- Reid said this: "Listen, I understand it with the way we played, with the way I coached today. I got it. I understand."

Can he do anything about it, though? He's in his 13th season as Eagles coach, and club chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie already has put him on notice -- win or else.

Looks like or else.

Like a slab of frozen butter in a frying pan, the Andy Reid regime in Philadelphia is gradually, but most assuredly, melting away.

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Falcons were ready for Eagles' changes

How well-coached is the undefeated Atlanta Falcons’ big-play offence?

So much so that the it was prepared for all the tweaks and variations that new Philadelphia Eagles defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles threw at ’em.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said all the credit goes to head coach Mike Smith and the team’s new offensive co-ordinator this season, Dirk Koetter.

“Dirk had a great game plan,” Ryan said, “and had us very well prepared for whatever they were (going to) do. Obviously with a coordinator change, sometimes there can be some unscouted looks, but he had us prepared.

“Their tendencies were probably a little different ... They played some different zone coverages (but) we kind of prepared ourselves for being ready to see anything.”

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