NFL Rumors: Eagles Considering Benching Michael Vick for Nick Foles

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 - 6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Eagles are considering benching starting quarterback Michael Vick this season in favor of rookie Nick Foles, according to 94WIP's Howard Eskin via a report from CBS Philadelphia's Spike Eskin.

Foles' first career regular-season start will likely come when the Eagles will face off against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Monday Night Football in Week 9. 

Philadelphia has lost three straight games overall, most recently dropping a 30-17 contest at home to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. Vick didn't turn the ball over in the loss, but he only completed 21 of his 35 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked three times.

While on the air, Eskin said (via CBS Philly), "The thing that concerns them is some of his calls at the line of scrimmage against base defenses are incorrect. The key thing I heard was, ‘It’s just not getting better.’"

The Eagles are 3-4 this season after seven games with Vick as the starting quarterback. He has scored 10 total touchdowns through the season's first two months, but he has also given the ball away 13 times. 

Foles is a third-round draft pick from last April. The 6'6" rookie threw for more than 4,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2011 with the Pac-12's Arizona Wildcats. He has a big arm and is capable of putting together a strong performance in what would be his first career start against a dreadful Saints defense. 

The rookie played well during the preseason for Philadelphia, throwing for six touchdowns and only two interceptions in four appearances. That's why it comes as little surprise that the Eagles' coaching staff is showing such confidence in Foles in the midst of Vick's struggles.


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