Eagles QB Vick out; Foles to start at Washington

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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"He's comfortable with what we've been running," Reid said of Foles. "It's the same things we were doing in training camp. He's good with it."

That said, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has tightened the playbook a bit this week for Foles, a third-round draft pick out of Arizona, who became something of a fan favorite in Philadelphia during an impressive run through the preseason.

"He will see some things that he hasn't seen before, and how he reacts to those things will be key," Mornhinweg said Thursday. "That would be the two biggest things right at the front of my mind that we've talked about."

In a dreary season that has fallen well short of expectations, seeing if Foles can show enough flashes to become a franchise quarterback has put some snap back in the Eagles' year.

"Come game day, I don't know what it's going to be like because I've never experienced that but I assume there will be butterflies and nerves," Foles said. "I'm going to keep working hard, keep studying the playbook, watching film, so the more you know about something the more the nerves go down. Just preparation. Keep working until game day."

Foles, equipped with a strong arm and the ability to move around in the pocket, threw for 553 yards in the preseason, with six touchdowns and two interceptions. He finished with a quarterback rating of 110.1.

All that said, putting the season in the hands of a rookie — whether it's forced or not — could create more problems. But Reid, as he has been throughout this season of discontent, is unfazed.

"I worry about right now. What we can control. What I can control, and that's getting this football team better," Reid said. "Anything that you add into that mix is a distraction and you can't afford that in the National Football League."

Vick has been inconsistent — at best — the last two seasons. After helping to rally the Eagles from a 4-8 start last season with four consecutive victories to close the year, he has thrown for 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions this season.

"He has to get better is what he's got to do right now," Reid said. "That's it. Concentrate on that right now, and that's the most important thing."

Vick's quarterback rating at the time of the injury was just 79.2.

"Right now, he currently has symptoms. He's had symptoms all week since the game. He's had a headache, which has gotten better during the week. He's foggy. He's not very alert right now in terms of he just doesn't have that energy," Burkholder said. "He's tired all the time, he's slept a lot, and he's not getting rid of that fatigue. I would consider him heavy eyed.

"When I talk to him, he's just not the Michael Vick that I know when he's healthy."

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