There has been a quarterback controversy brewing in Philadelphia for quite some time, but it's safe to say it officially started in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft when Reid and the front office made Foles the No. 88 overall pick in the draft.
Vick was the starter going into the season, but there was always the implied notion from the staff that if Vick struggled enough, Foles would get the nod. Reid may be on the hot seat, and going with Foles could allow him to keep his job.
After Week 8, let's examine the quarterback situation in Philadelphia.
The Story So Far
The Eagles are flirting with being the worst team in the NFC East after a miserable performance against the Atlanta Falcons. At 3-4, things are not looking great, and the major reason for the struggles in Philadelphia is Micheal Vick.
Vick has thrown for 1,821 yards and nine touchdowns, but is coming dangerously close to setting records for turnovers in a season. So far, Vick has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball nine times, losing five.
With an erratic pocket presence and questionable decision making, Vick has hurt his chances of keeping a job, but he's hurt the Eagles as well.
Vick is well aware that he is on the hot seat and could be in danger of losing his job to a rookie as he said in the postgame press conference after the loss to the Falcons:
Michael Vick says Andy Reid is considering a change at QB...—Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012
While Reid has endorsed Vick earlier in the season, the quarterback himself is now acknowledging that he may be sitting on the bench sooner rather than later. Philadelphia has a ridiculously tough schedule moving forward, with matchups against the New Orleans Saints and several NFC East showdowns looming.
Going with a rookie quarterback may not be the most ideal situation moving forward, but Foles may not be worse than Vick at this point.
Vick or Foles?
The season is nowhere near lost for the Eagles, but catching the New York Giants in the NFC East could prove quite difficult.
The wild card in this scenario is Andy Reid. His seat is red hot, and sticking with Vick could finish him off. The last thing Reid wants to do is keep Vick as the starter while the Eagles tank, leaving many people to wonder what could have been had Reid inserted Foles as the starter.
Reid picked Foles as the future at the quarterback position—that future may be now. Vick isn't cutting it as the starter, so giving Foles a chance to develop and sending a jolt through the locker room may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
It's not written in stone just yet, but Vick's time as the starter could be ending as early as next week if he doesn't elevate his play. The Foles era in Philadelphia may be close to beginning.