Andy Reid's Decision To Play Mike Vick Next Week Could Be Worst of His Career

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIDecember 29, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets sacked by Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Eagles were thoroughly manhandled and embarrassed at home by the lowly Minnesota Vikings on the premiere of Tuesday Night Football.

They were sluggish, flat and lethargic.

And their quarterback looked exhausted for most of the game.

Vick threw an interception. He lost two fumbles, and he threw three—yes, three—passes that were dropped by Minnesota Vikings defenders.

He was as bad as Kevin Kolb against the Tennessee Titans earlier this season. Maybe worse.

As a result of their loss, the Eagles clinched the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs.

They cannot move up or down, regardless of what happens against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.

Yet when asked if he will rest Michael Vick for next week, head coach Andy Reid replied, "We're not good enough for that yet."

Huh? What does that even mean?

We're not good enough yet?

What could possibly be accomplished by playing Michael Vick next week?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Vick could throw five touchdown passes, rush for four touchdowns, intercept three passes on defense, record two sacks, block a field goal and cure cancer, and the Eagles quarterback still won't beat out Tom Brady for the MVP award.

Brady has the award completely and totally wrapped up.

But Reid isn't the type of coach who cares about individual accomplishments at all.

In 2004, Donovan McNabb rested for all but one drive of the last two games of the season. He could have finished with 4500 passing yards and 36 or 37 touchdown passes. Instead, he finished with 3875 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Reid doesn't care about a player's individual statistics.

So why is he playing Vick?

It doesn't make any sense.

The Eagles offensive line is about as effective as Mike Patterson would be in a 100-meter race.

Vick is taking about 12 hits a game. How much longer will he able to stand up from these hits?

Why is it worth risking everything next week for nothing?

Who cares if the Eagles finish 11-5 or 10-6?

I'll be the first to tell you that any loss, no matter how minor it may seem, seems like the end of the world to me.

But the Eagles have no reason to play Vick next week.

Start Kevin Kolb and risk a loss.

Kevin Kolb—the guy who torched the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6, the guy who threw for 300 yards in his first two NFL starts, something no quarterback had ever done before.

Don't play Michael Vick. That's just stupid. That's completely idiotic.

Don't play LeSean McCoy. DeSean Jackson. Asante Samuel.

Or anybody else nursing an injury, no matter how minor.

Give Michael Vick and a few other Eagles players the bye week they now won't get.


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