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Nick Foles: Why Rookie QB Isn't the Answer for the Eagles

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jeremy SickelContributor IIIOctober 29, 2012

Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles fell to 3-4 on the season after Sunday's 30-17 loss to the quarterback's former team and the still undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles are riding a three-game losing streak heading into next Monday night's matchup with the Saints down in a New Orleans—a game featuring two of the more disappointing teams in the NFL.

Head coach Andy Reid is said to be considering many changes on the roster, with quarterback no exception.

As losses mount, so does the pressure of finding ways to fix what is not going as planned—even if that means benching Vick for rookie passer Nick Foles.

But will playing a guy with zero experience—and at such an important position—help this team get back on the right track? The answer is no.

Foles may be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia. But bringing him in to such a pressure-packed situation this early in his career could have an adverse effect that this team doesn't need right now.

While Vick isn't playing like the Eagles need him to currently, it is hard to believe that Foles would provide Philly with much more.

Reid recently fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, so he isn't hesitant to make moves that he thinks could help the team succeed in 2012. But benching Vick isn't the right move, not right now at least.

There are other changes that should be made before making a rash decision that would cause a negative ripple in the locker room.

Why not try to alter the offense a bit and lean on running back LeSean McCoy?

Establishing more of a running game will take the pressure off Vick and open up the passing game, instead of it being forced.

What about making a trade for a wide receiver with a different skill set than current targets DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin?

The Eagles would do well to add a big body to utilize near the red-zone. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe could be available.

If a change at quarterback is inevitable, making it in the offseason will provide for a much easier transition for Foles, Vick and the rest of the roster. Making it now would only cause more unnecessary tension and could stunt Foles' development in this league.


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