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Eagles Notes: Vick and the wrath of Reid

Even Michael Vick isn't above reproach. The Eagles quarterback confirmed Wednesday that he, too, has not escaped Andy Reid's wrath.

Even Michael Vick not escaped Andy Reid's wrath this season. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Even Michael Vick not escaped Andy Reid's wrath this season. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)Read more

Even Michael Vick isn't above reproach.

The Eagles quarterback confirmed Wednesday that he, too, has not escaped Andy Reid's wrath.

While receiver DeSean Jackson was the Eagles coach's primary target after a bitter loss at Chicago last month, Vick said he was called out later that week during a team meeting.

"There was a reason he got on me and knew something I wasn't doing right," Vick said. "But he called me out on it and everybody expected me to respond in a totally different way. It's something I think should happen to all players.

"No player should not be able to be chastised when they're in the wrong. I think you learn from it, you respect the coach, and you don't let it happen again. That's what I believe in."

Vick would not specify what drew Reid's ire, but he did say it was performance-based. A few teammates confirmed that the coach reprimanded his quarterback in front of the whole team. Reid has been much more outwardly emotional this season than during his previous 11 seasons with the Eagles.

"It's like split personalities," Vick said. "One day he's in a great mood and the next minute he gives you that look and you don't know what type of mood he's in. But I guess that goes along with being a head coach."

Despite Reid's rebuke, Vick has received accolades from his teammates and his coaches for leading with an even hand.

He garnered two more honors on Wednesday. Vick was named NFC offensive player of the week for his performance on Sunday in which he rallied the Eagles past the New York Giants. And he finished second in Pro Bowl voting behind Patriots quarterback Tom Brady - 1,877,079 to 1,522,437.

Pro Bowl teams will be announced Tuesday.

Reid on Childress

Reid said that he "would be honored" to bring former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress back to his staff next season.

Childress, who worked with Reid from 1999 to 2005, was fired as head coach by the Minnesota Vikings last month.

"Brad knows any time Brad wants to come back, I'm here with open arms," Reid said in a conference call with Minnesota-area reporters. "I think Brad Childress should be given another opportunity as a head football coach. He does a heck of a job."

An Eagles spokesman said after the call that Reid has neither contacted nor offered Childress a job. Marty Mornhinweg is now the Eagles' offensive coordinator, although he has been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate in the off-season.

With the Eagles scheduled to host the Vikings on Sunday, Reid and Childress had planned on spending Christmas together at the Reid residence. Childress' firing, of course, changed those plans.

"I can't tell you I didn't feel bad about it," Reid said about Childress being fired after a 3-7 start. "He's a close friend."

Childress was replaced by Leslie Frazier, another former assistant under Reid.

Extra points

Despite Jason Avant's objections that he did not suffer a concussion, Reid said that the receiver passed all his post-concussion testing and will play Sunday. Avant, who according to the team suffered a "mild" head injury when he delivered a pivotal block on Jackson's game-winning punt return against the Giants, said he had never had a concussion. "And I still haven't had one," he added. . . . After missing the last two games with a knee sprain, Winston Justice will start Sunday at right tackle, Reid said. Defensive tackle Mike Patterson (knee), linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring), returner Jorrick Calvin (back), and running back Jerome Harrison (noninjury-related) sat out practice. . . . Tight end Cornelius Ingram was re-signed to the practice squad after the Bengals signed Garrett Mills. The Eagles cut Mills from their 53-man roster on Tuesday and had hoped to re-sign him to the practice squad. . . . Here's Jackson's final word (we hope) on whether he was celebrating or running out the clock at the end of his punt return: "I probably would have dove in from the 20-yard line if I had some wings," he said. "But I just wanted to make sure the time was running out . . . so I was just kind of being smart at the same time."