The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday a drastic change had occurred – head coach Andy Reid had dismissed his long time friend Juan Castillo of his duties as the Eagles defensive coordinator. Was it the right decision? Yes and no. The Eagles clearly are in need of a true defensive coordinator, and we’ll have to see if Todd Bowles is that man. However, I firmly believe that Reid should have extended an opportunity to Castillo to return to the offensive line before handing him his walking slip. Is there anyone reading this who truly believes Howard Mudd will return in 2013?
I think, in this situation, Reid was more concerned with taking some of the heat off himself and made a decision that wasn’t entirely thought through. Again, the Eagles needed a change at defensive coordinator. I thoroughly agree. But what happens in 2013 IF Mudd returns to retirement?
The move to dismiss Castillo seems to be the first of potentially many. Reid has stated numerous times that everything, and everyone, will be evaluated and re-evaluated. Comments such as “as I stand here today” have been said. In fact a very similar statement was made regarding Castillo just a few days ago only to be released on Tuesday.
It didn’t take long after the news broke before the attention quickly shifted to starting quarterback Michael Vick. Again Reid was asked if Vick would remain the starter, the leader, of this offense. Again Reid stated, “as I stand here today” Vick is the QB of the Eagles. As he stand here today are words that doesn’t say Vick is Reid’s guy long term. This is especially true following Tuesdays news.
Through six regular season games the Philadelphia Eagles have an astounding 17 turnovers, 13 of which are at the hands of Vick (8 INTs/5 fumbles). But it is more than just the turnovers, albeit that is the biggest of the concerns surrounding Vick. His inability to read a defense, an almost eagerness to hold on to the ball to try and force a play and the horrible decisions that no veteran quarterback in the league should make are all piling on to the laundry list of reasons why Vick should be benched.
Remember when Reid sat Donovan McNabb? That had a huge impact on McNabb as a player, one that benefited him and the Eagles organization.
The options behind Vick are obvious, should Reid decide to bench him. Either go with rookie Nick Foles who was selected in the third round of this years draft, or, go with veteran journeyman Trent Edwards who was brought in during the offseason.
Foles had a very impressive showing during the preseason. In fact he was among one of the best rookie quarterbacks in terms of performance — and he didn’t just go up against second and third string defenses like so many fans believe. Keep in mind, Foles was the QB after Vick went down with an injury to his hand and ribs. So he has displayed an ability to lead the Eagles offense down the field and put points on the board against starting defenses. Foles stands tall in the pocket, has a clear sight of the playing field and has made some remarkable throws to players not named DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. So just think about what he can do with those two as his arsenal.
Edwards also performed well during the preseason, but not nearly as good as Foles. Still, Edwards was able to move the ball down the field and also put points on the board during his time as the Eagles signal calleer.
If Reid benches Vick I believe the smart decision would be to play Foles. Unless he is turning the ball over more than three times a game then it can’t get much worse than what’s happening with the offense through six games. Plus, there is a firm belief that unless the Eagles make the playoffs this season, which is still a very real scenario, then the Eagles organization is going to part ways with Vick before he is due to receive his bonus. If that’s the case then why not put Foles in and see what he can do? Wouldn’t it make sense to give the kid an early opportunity to showcase his talent and form a bond with his teammates?
I think it makes perfect sense.
Regardless, a change at quarterback isn’t in the immediate future — meaning it won’t likely happen until after week eight against the Atlanta Falcons. If the Eagles lose that game falling to a 3-4 record and if Vick continues to turn the ball over, then we could certainly see this theory become reality!