Why Andy Reid Must Continue to Start Michael Vick

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Why Andy Reid Must Continue to Start Michael Vick
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Another game and another loss for the Philadelphia Eagles. This loss, however, led to more than just media speculation that Andy Reid needs to make a quarterbacking change.

The sentiment came straight from the starting signal-caller this week. Michael Vick acknowledged that it may be time for rookie Nick Foles to take over the reins.

But that doesn't mean that Reid agrees with him, or that he should. As dire as things have seemed, Vick is still the man that should be starting under center. 

Dance with the Date Who Brought You

Reid was the driving force behind handing Vick a $100-million deal this offseason. Obviously, he had some faith in his quarterback's abilities. 

Then Vick came out and started turning the ball over as if it were stipulated in his contract to do so. In fact, through six games, he had thrown eight interceptions and lost three fumbles. 

Still, Reid stuck with his man. 

Regardless of whether you like him or not, many NFL players have a great affinity for Vick. They respect him and want to play with him, which led to all those players signing with Philly last offseason. 

The loyalty shown to Vick will prove beneficial in the short term because all of those players will appreciate Reid's steady hand. It will also prove smart in the long run, regardless of whether that future is with the Eagles or not.

Players will remember the way that Reid handled this situation.

Vick Still Gives the Eagles the Best Chance to Win

The loyalty argument aside, there isn't any legitimate reason to believe that Nick Foles is better. 

Google Foles' stats. You'll come up with bubkes.

He hasn't thrown an NFL pass or read a real, live NFL defense. Despite Vick's troubles, these are things he has been working on with Reid for years.

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Foles has never been regarded with the same reverence as the other 2012 rookies, and it's for a reason. He isn't as talented. 

Besides, do you think Foles is going to be able to avoid the pressure that the Eagles' leaky line allows?

Lastly, Vick showed some actual improvement against the Atlanta Falcons. He didn't commit a single turnover.

His stat line wasn't eyepopping, but that's still a positive.

So, should Reid pull the plug on the Vick experience? Not in Week 8. There's still too much of the season left to trot out an untested rookie.

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