Michael Vick isn't elite. Nobody will challenge that statement. But he has the talent to challenge it on his own.
Eli Manning used to be laughed at by Eagles fans. He was soft, whiny and never the most talented. Two Super Bowls later and we're biting our tongues.
All it takes to change our image of Vick is winning football games. Vick looks bad, but behind a shoddy offensive line and questionable play calling, he isn't being bred for success.
Plus, we don't have any other options.
Nick Foles proved this week, and will continue to show, that he is not ready for this league. We don't have two or three years to wait for him, and Vick is obviously the more talented player.
Vick's contract will be extinguished after the Eagles miss the playoffs this year. Luckily, the team will dodge a $100 million bullet. But this will still be Vick's team and I can't imagine he will be bitter about a smart business decision.
Because of that, I think it's possible for the Eagles to re-sign Vick at a much more reasonable contract, giving the quarterback one last shot at redeeming himself to the fans.
The best the Eagles could do this offseason is Joe Flacco. By all accounts, that chance will never come, neither through a long-term contract nor a franchise tag, Flacco will never see the free agency market.
Unless you think Foles will come of age overnight, I can't see how a cheaper Vick isn't the choice to lead this team next year.