Michael Vick is on the verge of being benched. Subsequently, the Nick Foles era may begin for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.
This news coming from Howard Eskin of 94 WIP radio in Philly who tweeted the following after the Eagles' disappointing 30-17 loss at home to Atlanta Falcons, the team's third-straight defeat.
Actually, after watching how inconsistently Vick has played this season and the way the supposedly dynamic offense has faltered, not really.
In a CBS report, Eskin was quoted saying the following regarding the possibility of Vick being benched:
"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.'...They have an extra day, they play on Monday night. I think this [decision] is all but made."
So, if Foles is indeed named the starter, what will it mean for the Eagles?
One has to expect, or at least hope, that Andy Reid will finally feature LeSean McCoy more prominently with a rookie quarterback under center.
Sure, Reid hasn't neglected McCoy as much this year as many lead on, but he hasn't been utilized enough.
The Eagles are 0-4 when their star running back has received less than 20 carries and 3-0 when Reid swallowed his pride and gave McCoy 20 or more carries.
Foles certainly has a strong arm, one ideally suited for the team's vertical passing game and deep threat wideouts, but will he be asked to throw the ball 38 times a game, the amount Vick has averaged in 2012?
Therefore, right away, the move to Foles will make the Eagles more efficient on offense.
McCoy is the team's best player—the more he has the ball in his hands, the better.
Although it may take Foles a while to fully acclimate himself to the professional game, as is the case with most rookie quarterbacks, the Eagles offensive line will be more effective.
No, it won't magically become more sound against opposing pass-rushers, but with a better run-pass balance and a quarterback that isn't looking to make an abundance of plays with his feet, Philadelphia's offensive front won't be as big of an issue as it's been with Vick as the starter.
There's no telling how efficient Foles will be, but a move to the Arizona alum is clearly in the best interest of the team right now.