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“He’s big, has a big arm,” Mornhinweg said. “I thought he carried Arizona as best as he could. They really had problems personnel-wise and injury-wise. He’s tough, both physically and mentally.”

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 throughout this season of discontent, is unfazed.

“I worry about right now. What we can control. What I can control,” Reid said. “Anything else you add into that mix is a distraction, and you cannot have 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, and compiled a rating of just 79.2.

“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.”

As for this weekend, Burkholder said Vick simply needs rest, and the process now will include getting him “in dark, quiet places.”

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