After the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, head coach Andy Reid was asked if he was staying with quarterback Michael Vick. Reid answered, “Right now, we’re with Michael. That’s what we’re doing. We’ll evaluate it as we go.”
Hold on a second. Aren’t you, Andy Reid, coaching for your career this season? If your livelihood is really on the line, why would you even hint that you might turn to rookie backup quarterback Nick Foles, who has never taken a snap in a regular season NFL game? Come to think of it, if you really felt pressure to win now, why would you spend a third-round pick on a second stringer?
No, no, no, no, no!
You see where this is going, right? Reid replaces Vick with Foles, who plays well enough to establish himself as a legitimate NFL starter. When Reid fails to win a Super Bowl for the 14th year in a row, he has his excuse: 2012 was a transition season, but we’re moving forward with a new quarterback.
Foles just buys Reid more time.
The schedule favors such a move in November, when the Eagles start a stretch of nine games against teams that are a combined 12-15. Vick’s contract favors a move to another quarterback, too. The Eagles can cut Vick before next season and only owe him $3 million. If they keep him for the 2013 season, his salary is $15.5 million.
Incidentally, what is there to “evaluate” with Vick? He played incredibly well when he replaced Kevin Kolb in 2010 and has been mediocre since.
Sure, he makes a few outstanding plays a game, which, when compiled in a highlight reel, make it seem like he’s a great player. But every pass play looks like a broken play, like the offense is winging it.
Foles may stink, but what he showed in the preseason—yes, against other team’s scrubs—was an ability to get rid of the ball. He is content to go down the field methodically, stringing several singles together. Vick seems to be angling for a grand slam on every play.
Nick Foles may be the Eagles quarterback of the future. He should not be the quarterback of Andy Reid’s future. Or present.