Michael Vick vs. Nick Foles: A Case for Each to Be the Eagles' Starting QB

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles may have a quarterback controversy brewing between Michael Vick and Nick Foles, which is strange considering the team is currently sitting at 2-1 in a tight NFC East race. 

Foles, a rookie out of Arizona, was impressive in the preseason, but not enough to take the job from the incumbent starter. Vick has had a horrible season so far, but the team is still winning. 

With head coach Andy Reid's job possibly hanging in the balance, he has to decide if he wants to ride out the rest of the 2012 NFL season with the erratic Vick, or throw the rookie Foles to the wolves based on his performance in meaningless games. 

Let's make a case for each to be the Eagles' starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. 


Making the Case for Michael Vick

To date, Vick has led the Eagles to a 2-1 record and a top-five offense in the NFL that averages 416 yards per game, 285 of those through the air.

Vick has had his issues this season, throwing only three touchdowns to go along with his six interceptions and horrible 55 percent completion percentage. He has also fumbled the ball an astounding five times. 

It is no secret that because of the way Vick plays the game combined with his porous offensive line that he is by far the most-hit quarterback in the NFL, so that has to be taken into consideration as well. 

Still, one has to think Vick will turn things around as the season continues. He has not thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in a season since 2001 and continues to be one of the most dynamic players in all of football. 

Vick can play at a high level, and Reid would be smart to keep him in and ride things out. 


Making the Case for Nick Foles 

It was no surprise when the Eagles selected a quarterback in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft as the team needed a quality insurance option for the oft-injured Vick. 

What did comes as a surprise was just how well Foles played in his first NFL action in the preseason. He threw for 553 yards and six touchdowns to only two interceptions while completing over 60 percent of his passes. 

Keep in mind Foles played against NFL first-stringers, and even started a game for Vick, all while showing great command of the offense and leading the group with relative ease.

Foles has proven he can run the offense and has all the physical intangibles to succeed as an NFL quarterback. At 6'6" and 254 pounds, it's a safe bet Foles will be able to handle taking hits on a regular basis. 

While it is typically a bad idea to throw a rookie quarterback taken after the first round into the starting lineup, Reid has to at least be considering it after everything Foles has shown thus far. 


Who Should Start?

At the end of the day the only right choice for Andy Reid at this point in time is to stick with his veteran in Vick. 

Sticking with a veteran will be less frowned upon should Vick falter, whereas if Foles fails with Vick sitting healthy on the bench, it will spell the end of the Reid era in Philadelphia. 

In the end, Reid might not have to make the decision given Vick's injury history and how much he is being subjected to to hits this season already. If Vick is hurt and Foles plays well, things will work out. 

Foles is the future in Philadelphia, but for now, Vick should be the starter.