Philadelphia Eagles: Do They Have Enough Depth for a Quarterback Controversy?

Bill Pivetz@@BPiv_SportsCorrespondent IIIOctober 2, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles: Do They Have Enough Depth for a Quarterback Controversy?

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    Philadelphia Eagles fans have been down the quarterback controversy road before. It happened with Donovan McNabb and then Kevin Kolb a couple of years later.

    This controversy began after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 where Vick lost two fumbles.

    The following Monday, Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Right now, we're with Michael and that's what we're doing. We'll evaluate it as we go."

    Many people knew that Reid would stand behind Vick as his starter, but that last part of his statement seemed to raise some eyebrows.

    Later that day, Reid removed any doubt that Vick would not be benched. He said on his radio show (h/t, "Michael's our quarterback. Period."

    So with Reid clearing the air about his statements, was there any real question who the Eagles starting quarterback will be for the rest of the season?

    The Eagles aren't deep at the quarterback position. They have Vick, Foles and Trent Edwards.

    If Reid wasn't going to pull Vick out for throwing six interceptions after the first two games, then he shouldn't think about pulling him at all.

No. 3: Trent Edwards

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    The Eagles signed Trent Edwards to a one-year deal in February after choosing not to re-sign Vince Young.

    During minicamp, Edwards was the fourth-string quarterback behind Mike Vick, Nick Foles and Mike Kafka.

    He got an opportunity to showcase his skills after Kafka broke his non-throwing hand during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    In preseason, Edwards threw for 489 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Despite a good preseason, Edwards won't be starting for the Eagles unless both Vick and Foles are seriously injured.

No. 2: Nick Foles

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    The Eagles drafted Nick Foles in the third round of this year's draft and signed him to a four-year deal.

    Foles had a great preseason. He threw for 553 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Against the New England Patriots, Foles threw for 217 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He looked comfortable in the pocket and delivered the ball with great accuracy. He entered the game after Mike Vick injured his ribs.

    Foles is in a similar situation as Trent Edwards. He won't be the Eagles starter unless Vick is seriously injured. Foles needs to be ready to take the field at any moment because Vick is known to be injury prone.

    However, if Vick does get injured at all this season, fans should not worry because Foles has the skills to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

No. 1: Mike Vick

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    The Eagles have 100 million reasons to keep Michael Vick as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

    Andy Reid named Vick the starting quarterback in Week 3 of the 2010 season. He exploded for 291 yards passing with three touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and no interceptions in his first game as the starter.

    He finished the year with 21 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.

    Vick and the Eagles agreed to a $100 million contract at the beginning of last season.

    That season, Vick threw for a career-high 3,303 yards. However, he threw 14 interceptions and only 18 touchdowns.

    Vick's struggles continued in the opening weeks of the 2012 season. Despite the Eagles starting 2-0, he threw six interceptions in the first two games.

    Things seemed to turn around for Vick in Week 4 as he didn't turn the ball over against the New York Giants. Vick handed the ball off to LeSean McCoy a lot more than usual, which allowed some of the pressure to be taken off his shoulders.

    A balanced Eagles offense will let Vick be the franchise quarterback his team needs him to be.

Vick Will Remain the Starting Quarterback

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    The Philadelphia Eagles will live or die on the arm of Michael Vick. That's the way Andy Reid coaches—he loves to throw the ball.

    The Eagles have many offensive weapons—DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek.

    In order for the Eagles to make a run at the Super Bowl, Reid needs to keep Vick healthy by handing the ball off to McCoy like he did against the Giants.

    Vick has the skills and weapons around him to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. He just needs to trust his teammates and not feel pressured to do it all himself.

    The Eagles invested too much money in Vick to bench him now.

    Vick led the Eagles down the field for game-winning drives against the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Giants. Drives like these will allow Vick and the Eagles to build their confidence going forward.