Michael Vick: QB's Injury Is a Blessing in Disguise for Philadelphia Eagles

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) passes in front of Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Vick wasn't going to take the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs this season, whether he's healthy or not.

Vick suffered a concussion versus the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 and didn't play last week against the Washington Redskins.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), Vick will not play Monday night versus the Carolina Panthers either.

That's not a bad thing at all. Nick Foles isn't the next Peyton Manning, but he's not old news either. The Eagles need to see what else they have; playing the same veteran underachievers on a consistent basis isn't proving anything to anyone.

Foles stands about the same chance at success as Vick did. The Eagles' offensive line is just that bad—having allowed 33 sacks and a plethora of hits on their signal-callers this season.

But it's still different. Vick has had his chance. Philadelphia isn't going anywhere, and he's not free from blame regardless of how bad the offensive line has been.

Foles has struggled with one touchdown and three interceptions in two appearances so far, but he's still learning. He's entering a terrible situation on the league's most disappointing team, and he's just a rookie.

Allowing him to gain experience now is wise. It seems more and more likely that the Eagles will blow up their current team this offseason, which could result in him behind center on a regular basis. Giving him snaps now will only make that process easier.

Even if Vick does start behind center next year though, Foles will be ready should the opportunity arise. He will be a more capable backup, and, with Vick's injury history, that's a necessity.

Losing with the same guys on a week-by-week basis gets old. Foles may lose, but at least he's learning along the way. He's an unknown commodity on a team that only knows bitterness at this point in the season. 

Wins and losses barely matter right now for the Eagles. The humiliation will not go away. Figuring out what the team's depth is really made of is a good idea because it's hard to tell what the roster will look like next season.

Vick's injury is a blessing in disguise. It gives Philadelphia an excuse to explore other options without completely giving up on the team's common—and incorrectly dubbed—scapegoat.