Eagles vs Saints: Is Monday Night Michael Vick's Last Chance to Be a Starter?

John RozumCorrespondent INovember 5, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talks with quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

How long until Michael Vick is no longer under center for the Philadelphia Eagles?

Well, that question was answered earlier this week after Vick's effort still resulted in a loss for Andy Reid and Co. Per ESPN.com:

Michael Vick will remain the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback, coach Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Reid didn't endorse Vick after Sunday's 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he was going to evaluate all of his starters. Vick said after the game he would support whatever decision Reid made.

So, perhaps the better question: Is Monday night Vick's final opportunity to remain the starter?

Obviously this depends on how well—or lack thereof—Vick performs and whether or not the Eagles get a win. After all, winning is the business of pro football and dropping to 3-5 would not offer Philly much moving forward.

Ahead, let's check out if this is Vick's last shot. The NFC is still wide open, and the Eagles have five divisional games remaining.


The New Orleans Saints Are the NFL's Worst Defense

If Vick and the offense can't move the ball and/or score then there are major issues with play-calling and execution.

The New Orleans Saints rank No. 31 against the pass, No. 32 against the run and give up an average of 474 total yards per game.


Additionally, the Saints allow 31 points per game and Philadelphia's offense averages a measly 17. Still, something has to give and with explosive players such as LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, the Eagles are a lock for at least 24...right?

Well, all that depends on Vick's case of the fumbles and turnovers in general. Creating turnovers are one area where the Saints are sneaky good and Vick's ball control will be the difference.

Late Season Change With Slim Playoff Odds

Dropping to 3-5 would obviously raise concern for the Eagles. Nonetheless, what if Vick plays well despite Philadelphia losing?

Regardless, the pressure will become intensified because losing simply cannot be tolerated after how many times Vick has cost the Eagles beforehand: namely against the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions.

That said, even with seven NFC games remaining and five within the division left from Week 10 on, Philadelphia's postseason odds significantly decrease with a loss. Why should a rookie in Nick Foles be thrust into that type of situation?

Sure it helps with potential development and experience, but asking him to save the season is a lot.

And the Answer...

No matter how Michael Vick performs on Monday night, this cannot be his final chance to remain the starting quarterback.

After this game, the Eagles will be 10 games deep into 2012 and calling on Nick Foles wouldn't help the rookie's confidence. With Vick turning 33 years old before the 2013 campaign, next training camp is better-suited for a quarterback competition.

Foles will have that cerebral experience under his belt as well as an offseason of development. Think back to current starting quarterbacks that weren't relied on as rookies like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

In no way has Foles proven in pro football to have that level of potential. Then again, it appears to be Vick or Foles under center for Philly's immediate future. And someone must step up.


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