Philadelphia Eagles Likely to Bench Michael Vick, Start Nick Foles

Michael DulkaContributor IOctober 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass on the run as Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons chases during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles, according to Fox29's Howard Eskin, are reportedly ready to make a change at quarterback and bench Michael Vick in favor of Nick Foles. After a tough 3-4 start, the Eagles have already hired a new defensive coordinator and will look for another spark with Foles. 

Eskin tweeted about the likely switch:

#eaglesAndy Reid met with coaches after game on sunday to discuss QB situation. Meet again Mon Morn. I'm told likely QB change to Foles.

— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) October 29, 2012

Through seven games this year, Michael Vick has 10 total touchdowns (nine passing, one rushing) compared to 13 turnovers (eight interceptions, five fumbles). The likely switch comes at an odd time with Vick having a turnover-less game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Eskin tweeted the reasons for making the switch:

I'm told Vick made 2 bad audible mistakes on calls and has same problems each wk. Reid leaning 2 change at QB bcause Vick not getting better

— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) October 29, 2012

While Vick hasn't been very good this season, it is hard to imagine that a rookie quarterback can save the Eagles. At 3-4 in a wide open NFC, Philadelphia can't afford to give away games while letting a rookie quarterback get acclimated to the league. 

This could be a move of desperation for Andy Reid, whose seat is getting hotter and hotter. A couple of strong performances with Foles at the helm may be enough to keep Reid around after this season.

The Eagles play at New Orleans next week against a very up-and-down Saints team, and then return to Philly to host the Dallas Cowboys. Foles will have to match the level of Drew Brees and Tony Romo for the Eagles to have a shot in those games.

This is a high-risk move for Reid. He needs Foles to play extremely well to save the season, or at least well enough to impress the front office.

According to the USA TodayVick responded to a question about a potential move by saying:

Obviously [Reid is] thinking about making a change at the quarterback position. If that's the decision Coach wants to make, then I'll support it.

Apparently, the time has come and now we will see how supportive Vick is of the move. Foles will certainly need the help on the practice field and in the meeting rooms. 

The quarterback switch isn't likely to solve the problems for the Eagles. They got blown out by the Falcons because their defense couldn't cover anybody and looked largely uninterested in tackling anyone on the field. A quarterback switch is likely an admission that this season is already lost.