Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, seems to be running scared, as just this morning he fired his defensive coordinator (and former offensive line coach) Juan Castillo. If you are like me, you are of the feeling that there are many more changes to take place in order for Reid to have a shot at keeping his job.
The next move that I feel would be prudent on the part of Reid would be to bench quarterback Michael Vick. Now, this is not some knee-jerk overreaction. I have been a huge supporter of Vick’s, but there comes a time when you have to know when to cut your losses. On the season, Vick has a quarterback rating of 77.7 and is responsible for 13 turnovers (5 fumbles and 8 interceptions). He has no killer instinct and seems unable (or unwilling) to move through his progressions effectively. He holds on to the ball entirely too long (over 1 second more than the league average), which is a direct factor in many of the hits he takes, as well as his turnovers.
People will say that Vick needs to remain the Eagles signal-caller because “what other option do they have”. Their other option is rookie Nick Foles, who looked outstanding during training camp and the preseason, and who has all the tools to be successful in the NFL. The Eagles thought highly enough of him to draft him in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft and trade away their other backup, Mike Kafka. And, let’s face it, it’s not as if Vick has set the bar incredibly high. All this kid has to do is go out and not turn the ball over and he will be considered an upgrade.
I think it’s finally time to admit that the Michael Vick experiment has been a failure and move on to other, potentially more successful options. You know what you’re getting with Vick, and it’s not going to be enough to get your team to playoffs. The ceiling for Foles is unknown, and, personally, I think it’s a gamble worth taking.