Michael Vick Injury: Why Eagles Must Shut Down QB for Rest of Season

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 22, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Richard Marshall #31 of the Arizona Cardinals during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 21-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Andy Reid said Michael Vick will start for the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday against the New England Patriots, but he’d be smart to keep his star quarterback on the bench while he heals.

Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Reid’s stance on the matter, but Reid is just forcing the other team to prepare for both Vick and Vince Young.

Reid has been the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999. Vick is an athlete who badly wants to get in the game regardless of any injury he’s sustained. By keeping Vick out of the game, Reid is doing his team a favor.

By not succumbing to the needs of his best players, Reid has led the Eagles to five NFC Championships. He’s an incredible head coach and many in the media don’t appreciate him as they should.

Why do you think he’s still the head coach despite not winning a title?

Last year, Vick played like a player with a second chance. Vick realizes what he has to do to turn around the team

However, new players, compiling losses and high expectations have caused Vick to try and force greatness rather than just allowing it to happen. It’s very typical of the Eagles to pick it up at about midseason.

They did it in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

However, this year they buried themselves in a hole too deep. They will be unable to come back and make the playoffs because they haven’t been able to get an easy win like they did in past years.

Sitting Vick and letting him heal would be best for the Eagles moving forward.