Michael Vick’s name has repeatedly come up in discussions of who should be the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback, meaning that, as the incumbent at the position, he shouldn’t be. Considering the alternative—a third-round rookie named Nick Foles—Vick should be absolutely entrenched as the Eagles’ starter this year.
He’s playing behind an offensive line that is allowing excessive amounts of pressure, something a rookie is most likely not equipped to deal with. While in the pocket on Monday Night Football against a terrible New Orleans Saints defense, Vick was frequently forced to run away from one inbound Saints defender into the waiting arms of another.
His elusiveness is the reason New Orleans didn’t record more than the seven sacks they notched on Monday night.
From snap to whistle, Vick should be commended for his toughness and athleticism. He gets away from the pass rush more than most quarterbacks do in terms of pure volume (he’s rushed much more than the average QB).
You figure that kind of thing would earn him high praise.
Instead, he is scrutinized to a point that the question of whether a preseason phenomenon would experience greater success in his position is asked in a serious fashion.
Can you imagine how many times Foles would have been sacked behind that line? You don’t have to know how fast or elusive Foles is to surmise that he does not possess the speed or elusiveness of Vick—simply because no other quarterback on this side of RGIII does.
Placing Foles under center would be catastrophic for Philadelphia. Furthermore, it wouldn’t fix the Eagles’ offensive problems.
Vick is not the only one turning the ball over. Even his interceptions aren't always through faults of his own.
The running game has also been affected by the poor offensive line play. Albert Larcada of ESPN Stats & Information suggests that “Philadelphia has long been a team that counts on getting yards before contact, and [injured left tackle Jason] Peters has been a big part of it.”
Peters is the guy who would be tasked with protecting the left side of Vick—who is left-handed—and/or Foles, who is right-handed. What is Foles supposed to do without the Eagles’ projected starter on his blind side?
It would most likely resemble what Vick does: get hit.
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