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Philadelphia Eagles: Why Michael Vick's Turnovers Will Cost Him His Job

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass as Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions closes in during the first half in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Yueh HoCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

For the record, it should be stated that overall Vick played well in Sunday's loss against Detroit. Vick was hampered by a poor offensive line and led the Eagles to a 10-point lead with just around five minutes left to play. Ultimately, it seems that the defense was most to blame, not the quarterback.

But on the other hand, the Eagles could have had an insurmountable lead over Detroit. It's true, Vick led the Eagles to a 10-point lead, but he also threw two interceptions. In the long run, those interceptions were costly.

The first occurred in the second quarter when Vick, with pressure in his face, rushed a pass to Jason Avant. The pass was much too high and was picked off by the defender easily.

The second occurred in the fourth quarter when Vick saw that DeSean Jackson had cornerback Chris Houston beat. But the pass was badly underthrown and easily intercepted.

Two interceptions in a single game is certainly not disastrous, but the problem is the consistency in which Vick throws them and the circumstances.

By throwing two more picks, Vick has now accounted for 13 turnovers and it has only been six games. And the circumstances of his interceptions against Detroit don't make matters much better. On both plays, Vick had players virtually wide open and couldn't capitalize on the opportunities, despite arm strength being one of his talents.

This results in many problems. It leaves points on the field, wastes the offense's time of possession and continues to give the opposing team opportunities to score.

While Vick played well against the Lions overall, his failure to cut down on the turnovers will possibly cost him his starting job if it keeps up. Vick's best performance of the season was in Week 4 against the Giants where he committed no turnovers and made plays when the defense allowed him to.

 

Vick made plenty of plays against the Lions, but the turnovers continued and showed no signs of slowing—especially since the picks were on drives when the Eagles had the momentum.

Head coach Andy Reid's job is on the line, and while Vick likely still gives the Eagles the best chance to win, he may turn to Nick Foles if the team falls a few games below .500. Reid not only needs to attempt to find a solution for his team's woes, but he also needs to show Jeffrey Lurie, who is running out of patience with Reid, that he is doing all he can to preserve the season.

Even with the team's improvements on defense, this team is still an offensive-based team. By switching away from a blitz-heavy defense, the defense's role is now more to contain opposing offenses, rather than attack them. As a result, it is imperative that the offense does not commit penalties and that it scores when given the chance.

If Vick cannot fulfill those functions as the starting Eagles quarterback, then the team will have no choice but to replace him. If not this season, then undoubtedly the next.

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