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Vick Staunchly Defends Reid

Quarterback Michael Vick admitted to doing what a lot of players say they try to avoid - listening to critics.

Vick said that he has heard how head coach Andy Reid has come under fire from media and fans for the team's 1-4 start. And Vick took time after practice on Wednesday to emphatically defend Reid.

"Coach can only give us the recipe for victory and he's giving us that. It's the little things that's killing the game, so it's not on coach," Vick said. "I know the game of football and I've been around the game for a long time. I know the intricacies and the ins and outs and it's not coach. Bottom line. Put that heat on the players. Put it on us, don't put it on him.

"He's one of the best in the business and that's the bottom line."

Vick pointed to the fact that the Eagles have the third-best offensive in football and the top rushing offense. He noted how players love to play for Reid. Vick said that Reid is doing everything to put the Eagles in position to win, but the players have to finish the deal.

"Coach Reid can't go out there and hold onto the football for us. Coach Reid can't go out there and make the throws that I need to make. The coaches put us in good position. We have to make plays," Vick said. "I hear (the criticism) and I feel like I'm in the same boat as coach. We're going to fight for him every minute. I know it's not coach's fault."

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