He’s down, but is he out?
The 2012 season has been anything but ideal for Michael Vick and it keeps getting worse. Early in the second quarter during Sunday’s loss to Dallas, Vick sustained a concussion from a hit delivered by Ernie Sims on a blitz, knocking him out of the game
Enter Nick Foles—the young rookie who grabbed headlines and won over the hearts of fans with his preseason performances. However to the surprise of many, there was no significant difference between his play and that of Vick’s. The Eagles still turned the ball over and at times struggled to move the ball up the field.
Foles looked nervous. He appeared to be jittery. He played like a rookie. But that’s to be expected.
The most important thing to take away from the loss to Dallas is that Foles’ struggles once and for all proved that the Philadelphia Eagles’ problems weren’t at the quarterback position. Their troubles come from the rag-tag team of reserves they call an offensive line, and the coach that drafted and/or signed them.
The Eagles’ offensive line woes are a result of poor investment decisions by the front office. Perhaps, if the Eagles had valued those positions more, their quarterback wouldn’t be on the ground every other play. If Michael Vick stood behind a better quality offensive line, maybe his turnovers wouldn’t have skyrocketed.
Despite what anyone says, Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to be competitive because of the matchup problems he presents and his game-changing ability.
Assuming that Andy Reid is fired at the end of this season and the offensive line returns to full capacity, do the Eagles have reason to bring Michael Vick back?
“That six-year, $100 million contract the Eagles gave him last August was really only a two-year, $29 million deal,” says Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News. “Only $3 million of his $16.5 million base salary in 2013 is guaranteed, which isn't enough to prevent them from showing him the door.”
High-profile names like Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly have been mentioned as possible replacements for Andy Reid. Gruden is a Super Bowl winning head coach and Kelly an offensive guru, so its not far-fetched to think that whoever is calling the shots from the sideline next season could get more out of Michael Vick than Andy Reid was capable of.
More importantly, what if Nick Foles turns out to be another one of Andy Reid’s draft busts?
Who do you turn to then? What’s the contingency plan?
If Nick Foles burst through the gates and falls flat on his face, then the Philadelphia Eagles will have bigger fish to fry.
That is exactly why getting rid of Michael Vick at this juncture could prove costly for this team. Vick is a product of Andy Reid, who deserves another shot under new instruction. Vick is certainly better than many of the starting quarterbacks in the league, and if put in the right position to manage an offense instead of feature in one, he could be successful—even at his age.
Despite the odds stacked against him, Vick is down, but not out. Not just yet.