What Michael Vick Must Do to Fend off Nick Foles

Bernie OllilaContributor IIIOctober 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Don’t order that Nick Foles jersey just yet—Michael Vick looked great against the New York Giants on Sunday. By that, I mean he didn’t drop the football and only threw it to guys wearing green.

In any case, it wasn’t too long ago that the Eagles' fanbase and some members of the Philadelphia media voiced their desire to oust Michael Vick and bring in the rookie third-round draft choice and preseason phenom, Nick Foles.

The uncertainty surrounding Vick’s job security was exacerbated by Andy Reid’s ambiguous remark, "Right now, we're with Michael [Vick], and that's what we're doing. We'll evaluate as we go.”

That was a beacon of hope for the unfaithful, the Vick doubters.

However, it’s fair to say that Andy Reid is on the hot seat again this season. When you consider that, logic dictates that the only way Michael Vick could conceivably lose his spot as the Eagles starting QB would be if he got hurt and Nick Foles rattled off a few wins, putting up big numbers in the process—much like how Vick usurped Kevin Kolb in 2010.

Even though turnovers were a problem for Vick heading into last Sunday’s win against the Giants, he did not give the ball up once. If the Eagles were losing and Vick had given the ball up as many times as he had the first three games, then there would be some basis to warrant a Nick Foles’ promotion.

That just wasn’t the case.

Even if it was, though, Vick would need to be turning the ball over even more than he already has and would also need to fail to put up points.

Okay, what else?

In order to lose his job, he would have to subject himself to more punishment than he already has and make poor decisions in regards to rolling out of the pocket and attempting to make a play. I know he’s done that already, but it would have to be every passing down—so, pretty much every play.

It’s funny that people think Michael Vick subjects himself to injury because of how he recklessly leaves the pocket and runs in the open. However, that’s not true. Michael Vick’s last four injuries came when he was in the pocket. It’s safe to say that the way he plays the game has had nothing to do with his recent injury problems.

Back to the matter at hand. Vick would also have to publicly feud with the coaching staff. I’m talking Jay Cutler disobedience.

He would need to have a remarkably low completion percentage to get benched.

In conclusion, in order for Michael Vick to lose his job, he would have to turn the ball over more, throw more incompletions, stop getting along with his coaches, stop scoring and the Eagles would have to start losing.

All of these things happening at the same time is very unlikely.

In fact, the only way Foles would see the field is if Michael Vick got hurt or if there was a blowout going on. Those are the only conceivable scenarios. Otherwise, if the Birds are going to do anything this year, it’ll have to be with Michael Vick at the helm.