Philadelphia Eagles Simply Can't Afford to Continue Playing Michael Vick

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIJanuary 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles avoids a tackle by  Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick's time as starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles has to end.

Philadelphia's Monday Night Football performance against the New Orleans Saints is the best example as to why the Vick era should be over by now. Despite facing off against the worst defense in the league (and putting up 447 yards against them), the Eagles could only muster 13 points while performing terribly once they got into the red zone.

Vick was responsible for only one turnover against New Orleans, but the turnover was a a big one, as his interception in the first quarter on 2nd-and-goal from the Saints six-yard line turned into six points for the Saints.

Vick did perform valiantly throughout the rest of the game, racking up 53 yards rushing along with 272 yards passing with one touchdown pass. However Vick's quarterback rating for the night was still a putrid 72.4.

His offensive line does lay some blame for his struggles, and this was apparent again in Monday's game. The line allowed Vick to get sacked seven times, losing 46 yards. As elusive as Vick can be, he still needs his line to help not only clear some holes for him to run forward, but also protect him when he drops back to pass.

However, with the Eagles now at 3-5, there's no reason for Vick to play anymore. The Eagles are all but eliminated from the postseason in a tough NFC. They still have two games against the equally desperate Dallas Cowboys, as well as a road trip against the feisty and surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a perfect world no quarterback should have to play behind Philadelphia's Swiss cheese of an offensive line (not to be confused with Philadelphia cream cheese, which is delicious on a bagel), but it would be a good time for the Eagles to start planning for the future, without Michael Vick.

Nick Foles should get the start not only next week, but for the rest of the season. It wouldn't hurt the Eagles to figure out what they have in the future and whether or not Foles can lead them going forward. If it works out, it could even save Andy Reid's job. If it doesn't, the Eagles know it will be time to clean house.

But playing Michael Vick just isn't a good idea anymore. His turnovers have cost the Eagles their season, and in the end could cost Coach Reid his job.