Why Andy Reid Must Bench Michael Vick, Or Risk Losing His Job

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 14, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rips the ball from Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the game on October 7, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It is rare that benching an elite NFL quarterback is best for a team, but such is the case for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie has made it clear that Reid's seat is hot, and any attempt to try and help the offense would not go unnoticed.

Now, before you run out and grab the torches and pitchforks, I am not calling for a permanent banishment of Michael Vick to the perils of riding the pine. Instead, head coach Andy Reid needs to take a page out of his own playbook and make an effort to jump-start his offense.

Reid has done this before. There was a time when the cat calls followed Donovan McNabb everywhere he went. His performance was suffering, he was making poor decisions and he was giving up far too many turnovers for his own good.

Sound familiar?

Well, in that situation in 2008, Kevin Kolb was inserted into the game against the Baltimore Ravens—and only that game. McNabb was able to lick his mental wounds on the sideline before resuming his starting role the next week and leading the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game.

This does not mean that benching Vick guarantees a conference championship game berth, but the beleaguered QB definitely needs to do something to resurrect his play this season. 

Vick is completing under 60 percent of his passes, has as many interceptions as touchdowns and has run for under 200 yards all year.

Those are not the type of statistics usually associated with one of the most versatile and dynamic quarterbacks to ever play the position. He has shifted between being a pocket passer and a reckless runner. He does not seem to have any rhythm or chemistry with his receivers right now, and Philadelphia is scoring fewer than 20 points per game.

Yes, Philadelphia is finding ways to win, but that is largely in spite of Vick's play.

Reid would be wise to give rookie Nick Foles a chance. Perhaps he can give a boost to the offense or showcase a promising future for the franchise.

Either way, it is doubtful that he could play at a level below what Vick has offered thus far.

Allow Vick to clear his head and return to the form that makes his such a potentially lethal threat. And who knows, it may turn out better than the McNabb/Kolb benching ever did. But by staying with the status quo, Reid shows an unwillingness to change and to try new things and makes sure his seat stays hot.