The Philadelphia Eagles can just about stick a fork in the 2012 season after Sunday's 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and while the fans in Philadelphia got a preview of the change under center that may have been clamoring for, the results for the Eagles were painfully familiar.
After guiding the Eagles to a touchdown on their opening possession starting quarterback Michael Vick was forced from the game with a concussion, leading to the NFL debut of rookie signal-caller and preseason darling Nick Foles.
With Vick and the Eagles struggling much of the season with turnovers, fans and the media had been calling for Foles—who posted a quarterback rating of well over 100 in the preseason—to get a start for several weeks now. However, head coach Andy Reid had faithfully (and some said foolishly) stuck by his veteran quarterback.
On Sunday, with a battered and foggy headed Vick sidelined, Reid had no choice but to turn to Foles. The question the Eagles will probably now ask themselves is what to do once Vick has been cleared to return to action
Foles, for his part, wasn't terrible, but he didn't exactly plant his flag either. Granted, his 22 for 32 stat line with a touchdown doesn't look awful at first glance, but the fact is that Foles got lucky on the touchdown (a badly under-thrown ball to a wide open Jeremy Maclin). Both his interception and the fumble he lost directly resulted in Dallas touchdowns.
Should the Philadelphia Eagles Start Nick Foles Even if Michael Vick is Cleared?
However, Foles is a rookie that didn't get the first-team reps in practice this week, so it's not exactly a stunner that he struggled somewhat. The former Arizona standout showed flashes of the strong arm that attracted the team to him in the first place.
At the end of the day, this is actually a fairly simple choice to make.
This year is toast, and all but certainly so is Andy Reid. The question then becomes whether Vick will be shown the door along with him.
Before you make that decision it would probably be a good idea to see what they have in Nick Foles, and for that reason I'd expect an announcement this week that it will be Foles under center when the Eagles travel to face the Washington Redskins next week.