Michael Vick: Why Eagles QB Would Be Wise to Sit Out Rest of 2012

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 26, 2012

November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Easgles 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Don't hurry back, Michael Vick.

Vick's career depends on him staying healthy, and it's in his best interest to sit the rest of the 2012 season out.

The level of dysfunction for the Eagles on offense is at historic highs (or is it lows?) this season. The offensive line can't pass protect, and the only thing we'd be sure to see with Vick's return to the lineup this season is a bevy of vicious sacks. 

In fact, the Eagles offense hasn't been good since 2010, when Vick still had protection up front and Andy Reid kept things simple for his reclamation project.

It's easy to forget that Vick was once a competent—if not brilliant—NFL quarterback.

His recent history has perhaps blinded us from remembering that before 2011, Vick had thrown 93 career touchdown passes with only 58 interceptions.

But the recent deterioration of the Eagles' offensive line (fifth-worst team in the NFL with 33 sacks)—not to mention the general dysfunction of the organization—destroyed any chance Vick had of putting his best foot forward the last couple of seasons. 

It seems obvious that the Eagles will cut him after the season.

By doing so, they'll save $13 million in cap space for 2013 (h/t SI.com's Chris Burke), money they'll need with so many holes on both offense and defense.

Vick is still capable of leading an NFL offense, but it has to be the right fit. 

With a solid offensive line and a strong rushing attack, he is one of the most dangerous signal-callers in the NFL. 

Unfortunately for him, the Eagles don't have the requisite talent or focus on offense to play to his strengths anymore. 

With that in mind, it would be a bad career move by Vick to play any more games for the Eagles in 2012. The chances of getting injured again are simply too high. If he has any chance of getting another shot at starting in the NFL, he needs to be fully healthy going forward.

What's your take?

Would Vick be better off playing in 2012 to prove he's still capable of performing at a high level, or should he sit the rest of the season out?

Let us know in the comments section below.


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