For the third straight game yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's performance was a cause for concern. Vick completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes, failed to lead a single touchdown drive and committed two extremely costly turnovers in the Eagles’ 27-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Don't be fooled, Michael.
Reid may have believed in Vick enough to dish out a six-year, $100 million deal following Vick's MVP-caliber performance down the stretch in 2010. But he also knows the Eagles need to win now, and 12 turnovers—11 from the offense—isn’t cutting it.
After all, just earlier in the same day, Reid wasn't nearly as supportive of Vick.
Vick has thrown for 906 yards, which puts him on pace for 4,832 in a 16-game season. He's managed to stay healthy behind a treacherous offensive line. And he has a league-best two game-winning drives in just three games.
He has also thrown six interceptions and fumbled five times. He has just three touchdown passes and a 66.3 passer rating that ranks 29th in the league. And he is exhibiting the same old problems that have hindered his progress since he was drafted into the NFL. He struggles to read a defense. He's awful against the blitz. He's erratic and inconsistent and makes mistakes you would expect from a rookie QB, such as this one against the Cleveland Browns.
Vick is in just the second season of his contract extension; however, the Eagles can cut ties with Vick after the year at no cap penalty. They have Nick Foles in the waiting, an immensely talented rookie who has displayed all the signs that he is the quarterback of the future.
And let's not forget that Reid's job is in jeopardy. Reid can't afford to go with Vick much longer if he keeps playing like this. That's why his vote of confidence for Vick shouldn't be taken too seriously.
Reid has never been afraid to take a risk when it comes to quarterbacks. He drafted Donovan McNabb back in 1999 when most of the fanbase (at least, the vocal ones) wanted Ricky Williams. He picked the seemingly washed-up Jeff Garcia over longtime Eagles backup A.J. Feeley when McNabb got hurt in 2006.
He drafted Kevin Kolb in 2007, benched McNabb in 2008, signed Vick in 2009, traded McNabb in 2010, extended Vick in 2011 and then picked Foles in 2012. That's a controversial QB decision in seven straight calendar years.
Most of those were alarming. Many came without warning.
But don't think that can't happen again.
Reid does what he thinks will help the team, whether people like it or not. He's not one to cause drama and openly hint at a quarterback controversy. But if the Eagles aren't winning games with Vick, there's no doubt in my mind Reid will go with the rookie Foles.