Ladies and gentlemen, the Michael Vick era in Philadelphia is over. It came not with a bang, but a whimper when Andy Reid announced Nick Foles would remain the starter for the duration of the season on Monday morning.
Nick Foles will start the rest of the season, Andy Reid says.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) December 3, 2012
This is hardly shocking stuff. Already 3-9, the Philadelphia Eagles brass likely wants to see what it has in Foles before deciding on whether he can be the team's quarterback of the future.
After this season's debacle, Vick was unlikely to remain in Philly anyway. The dynamic but injury prone quarterback is due $15.5 million next season, but if the Eagles cut him, it will only cost them $3 million. Given Vick's poor play this year, he is hardly justified earning a lucrative contract.
For the season, Vick has thrown for 2,165 yards, 11 total touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 58.5 completion percentage.
Vick has missed the past three games due to a concussion, and Foles has delivered mixed results. On the season, the rookie signal-caller has thrown for 793 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions with a 60.9 completion percentage.
Foles had his finest game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, showing off an improved pocket presence and a nice zip on his passes. His 251 passing yards and one touchdown weren't enough to beat the Cowboys, however, and the Eagles lost their eighth straight game, 38-33.
Vick's benching is not the only major change that has happened in Philadelphia this morning. According to Eagles Insider, defensive line coach Jim Washburn has been fired. Washburn's dismissal comes about six weeks after defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was shown the door.
Foles takes over a team in a period of transition. While the injury-ravaged Eagles won't get to see how he might perform with a healthy offensive line or a full cadre of weapons at the skill positions, they will now have nearly half a season of play to judge the Arizona product's future prospects.
Benching Vick is the right move by Andy Reid and the Eagles, and one that indicates there will be a full-scale overhaul in Philly this offseason.