Philadelphia Eagles: Who Should Start at Quarterback in 2013?

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 10, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass in the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have to be disappointed after yet another poor season.  After starting the season at 3-1, the Eagles quickly fell, losing 11 of their last 12 games.

The Eagles, who had so much talent on their team, were decimated by injuries throughout the season.  Perhaps the position that was hit the hardest was the offensive line.

With a team that couldn't protect their quarterbacks in any way, it seems unfair to judge the quarterback play during the season.  Both Michael Vick and Nick Foles barely had enough time to let the ball go, causing turnover after turnover.

With the departure of Andy Reid, there will be a big culture change in the city of Philadelphia.  Fans that had supported Reid for over a decade will now have to wait to see who their new head coach will be.

With this change, it is quite difficult to predict who will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles.  However, the two likely options can at least be compared to see who should start for them.

Vick possibly had the worst season of his career in 2012.  While only playing in 10 games, Vick turned the ball over 21 times.  He also only had 11 total touchdowns on the year, which is one of the lowest marks of his career.  His speed and agility seemed to disappear this season, as did his durability.

However, Vick cannot be completely held responsible for how poorly the 2012 season went.  The offensive line was in shambles, and it seemed like Vick was hurried on every single pass play.  Some of the biggest plays he had during the season were him throwing the ball as he was getting demolished by the pass rush.

Foles had just as bad of a season.  In the seven games that Foles played in, he had 13 total turnovers.  There was some upside, as he completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 1,699 yards in those games.

Since Foles is a rookie, many will give him the benefit of the doubt.  He is still developing as an NFL quarterback, and it will take time before he is ready to be an efficient quarterback.

With the panic in Philadelphia, it seems likely that the Eagles might cut Vick and invest in the future of Nick Foles.  However, is this the best idea for a struggling young quarterback?

Vick should be the starter for the Eagles, at least for next season.  If the Eagles can draft and pick up some offensive lineman, Vick will have the opportunities he had two years ago, when he was a deadly dual-threat quarterback.

Starting Vick would also give Foles more time to develop without the pressure of being the starter.  Also, since Vick has had issues with injuries, Foles would still be able to come in if Vick gets hurt again.

The idea of Vick starting makes sense, but it seems like the Eagles may go in a different direction.  Vick's contract will be an issue discussed, especially due to his inability to consistently stay healthy.  The new head coach may want to go with the younger Foles in order to build an offense around him.

Vick should be the starter, but it is seeming less likely each week.  Regardless of who starts and who doesn't, the Eagles will need to figure out how to protect the passer if they want to have any chance of winning the NFC East or making the playoffs next year.