Michael Vick: Week 9 Matchup vs. Saints Is Last Chance for Eagles QB to Shine

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 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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After the team’s third loss in a row, Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick has found himself on the hot seat.

With rumors flying about the Eagles benching their expensive starter (per Fox29's Howard Eskin), Vick’s last chance at redemption may come against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 9.

Vick won’t be able to hide on the national stage, and head coach Andy Reid will no longer be able to protect him. Monday could be the last game we see Vick start as an Eagle in his career.

That’s the pressure of being an NFL quarterback.

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb told NFL Network's NFL AM (via NFL.com) what he thinks about Vick and the calls for the starter to be benched:

You have to focus on your job and if you focus on your job, you block everything out. I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos and hearing the radio stations talk and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched, then you begin to lose focus and now your play begins to fall and you begin to focus on other things. … I think it’s important for him [Vick] to feed off of what he did last week, not turning the ball over, protect the football, give his guys an opportunity to make plays for him and good things can happen.

There is no question that Vick knows the severity of the situation, with his postgame comments after the loss to the Falcons. But if and how he translates that to the field will be important, especially against the Saints.

New Orleans boasts an awful pass defense that has been picked apart in every game this season. The Saints are ranked 30th in the league, allowing 304.6 passing yards per game, and haven’t been able to stop anyone this season.

If Vick can’t beat New Orleans depleted secondary, he doesn’t deserve to start anymore. And he won’t.

Everyone in the Philadelphia organization knows about New Orleans' defensive backs, and if Vick doesn’t step up, the call will be made to put in rookie backup Nick Foles.

While Foles played well in the preseason, this is the major leagues now, and there is no guarantee he will succeed. If Vick chokes against the Saints, though, the Eagles will have no other choice; the rookie QB will get his shot.

If Foles gets a chance to shine and plays well, Vick will never see the field for the Eagles again. No pressure.


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