The Philadelphia Eagles announced that QB Michael Vick will officially be out due to a concussion when they head into Washington to face the Redskins. Philly fans, you’re welcome.
It should come as no shock that Vick will be sidelined due to an injury. This season Vick has taken a beating after 27 sacks this season, ranking behind only Aaron Rodgers (29) and Jay Cutler (28). The hits Vick has taken over his career, specially the hits since joining the joining the Eagles in 2009, has slowed him down. He no longer posses that quickness to escape pressure nor the speed he once had. When Vick is pressured in the pocket he seems to be second guessing himself and unable to make that split second decision.
This decline in skills may be related to Eagles head coach Andy Reid and the west coast offense he runs. The QB guru has attempted to make Vick a pocket passer first, runner second. This is not what Michael Vick is. He is a running back who happens to pass here and there. Turning him into a pocket passer has created a turnover machine. He has turn the ball over 60 times in 35 starts for the Eagles.
Simply put, Vick will no longer be an Eagle after this season. Andy Reid may also be out as Eagles Head Coach if he can not turn the tide in Philly. He is CURSED!
Enter Nick Foles
During the preseason Foles Fever exceeded that of Andrew Luck or even RG3. In four preseason games he completed 64% of his passes for 553 yards and 6 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. His pocket presence, vision and ability to instantly break down defenses was even more impressive than his stats. Nick Foles looked like the real deal. He got his first action in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys when Vick left with an injury. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and interception. Foles led an Eagles comeback before fumbling on the Eagles drive that could have tied the game late in the fourth.
This week Nick Foles will get his first, of many, NFL start against the Washington Redskins.
His performance will determine the direction in which the Eagles will go. He if plays well as we all predict, the Eagles have their next franchise QB. One man in particular will be hoping Foles plays well and that is Andy Reid. The failed experiment of Vick has him clinging by a thread to his job. If Nick Foles can produce and possibly lead the Eagles to 4 or 5 wins in the remaining 7 games, Reid will be kissing his toes for saving his job.
Point of all this is that regardless of what happens in the final 7 games of the season, Michael Vick will be cut by the Eagles and possibly done as a starting QB in the NFL all together. Andy Reid will be praying for his job if the Eagles finish 9-7 and definitely fired if the Eagles finish with a 8-8 record or worse.
God speed Mr. Reid. (Ha, that rhymed)VN:F [1.9.10_1130]