Eventually we are going to see the Philadelphia Eagles get back into playoff contention or start Nick Foles at quarterback. Foles has to get a look as the starter once this team is pretty much out of playoff contention. Right now the Eagles are far from being done. Nobody should give up on their season after seven games unless they are 0-7. The Eagles are 3-4 and tied for second in NFC East. They are 1-0 in the division and are just one loss behind either of the wildcard spots in the NFC.
Andy Reid is a smart coach, even if he has made quite a few mistakes in the last two years. If he really wants to save his job he will stick with Vick. Giving up on Vick and going with a rookie he drafted in the third round as a project player isn’t a bold move or a risky move, it’s an act of desperation.
The Eagles won three out of their first four games this season. They had a defensive meltdown in their next two games against Pittsburgh and Detroit. After the bye week Vick played a turnover free game against Atlanta, but it didn’t matter. The Eagles defense folded for the first three quarters too.
Clearly the Eagles need to play better and they need to start making adjustments. Two years ago this was a big play offense. This season they are struggling to create any big plays. Teams have figured out how to prevent the big plays from LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. The safeties are lining up further off the line of scrimmage to take away the big pass play and the entire defense is taking away the stretch runs from McCoy.
If anyone should be benched, it should be Andy Reid. He isn’t making the key adjustments and his players aren’t listening to him like they once did. Winning cures all in this league. Nick Foles isn’t the spark this team is looking for, it’s ending this three game losing streak. A few weeks ago this team was 3-1, first in the NFC East and a contender in the NFC. Now the Eagles are 3-4 and all three phases continue to get worse.
Michael Vick doesn’t need to get benched, he needs to be better utilized. Vick also has to do some stepping up of his own, but it’s pretty evident what needs to be done. The Eagles are 3-0 when McCoy gets at least 20 carries this season and they are also 3-0 when Vick takes less than three sacks.
Andy Reid and offensive coordinator and play caller Marty Mornhinweg have to get away from the fast break offense they love so much and switch to a more running and quick pass oriented offense. The Eagles’ big play threats can be just as dangerous on a quick screens and five yard slants as they are running 50 yard vertical routes.
Benching Vick is like giving up on the season well before you have to. The Eagles could be tied for a wildcard spot after this week. All they need to do is win and have either Green Bay or Minnesota lose. Does that sound like a scenario where you go with a project rookie quarterback? I didn’t think so. The time may come to bench Vick, but it shouldn’t be this week.