Reports that the Philadelphia Eagles have benched veteran quarterback Michael Vick for rookie Nick Foles surfaced a little too early, as the depth chart released by the Eagles today still has Vick as the team’s starter.
That doesn’t mean Vick isn’t clinging to his job by a thread though. He is. If he doesn’t play well against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, a team with the worst defense in the league and one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL, then I expect Foles to be the starter for the season’s final eight games.
However, if Vick lights up New Orleans, he could loosen the noose around his neck enough to play a few more games, and hopefully finish out the season.
The biggest support for Vick to remain the starter is the weak offensive line. With starters Jason Peters and Jason Kelce out for the remainder of the season, it is difficult to envision Foles surviving behind the offensive line. Plus, Vick played the entire game against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons without turning the ball over, and the Eagles still got crushed. He also played the full game against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in week four without a turnover, and the Eagles scored 19 and escaped with a last-second victory.
Quarterback is a big problem for the 2012 Eagles. But it is not the biggest problem, and benching Vick would completely eliminate any chance of this team reaching the postseason in 2012.