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Michael Vick: Andy Reid won’t get fired on my watch

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles before a game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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As the Eagles went in the tank last season, head coach Andy Reid was jeered in Philadelphia with chants of “Fire Andy.” Michael Vick took that personally.

Asked by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio about talk that Reid is on the hot seat entering the season, and may lose his job if the Eagles miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, Vick said he won’t stand by and watch a coach he respects take heat for another disappointing season.

“I hate to think about it. I hate to think about it. That’s part of the reason I --" Vick said, appearing to take a moment to gather himself because he was becoming emotional.

“Let’s just say that won’t happen,” Vick continued. “Not on my watch. And I’ll say that in front of the whole world.”

Vick clearly feels a lot of loyalty to Reid, the coach who signed him when that was a controversial decision following Vick’s stint in federal prison. And Vick wants to demonstrate that loyalty by seeing to it that the Eagles are a good enough team that no one is chanting “Fire Andy” at Eagles games this year.