It's Now Or Never For Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick

By Joseph Hickman
Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles
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Unless you have been living under a rock in Philadelphia Eagles land, you know by now that Michael Vick has won the starting job.

I am a Nick Foles guy. When I say I am a Foles guy, I mean I would have liked to have seen him get the opportunity to be the starter. I can’t sit here and say to you that Foles is the Eagles’ franchise QB for the next 10 years, but I do think that the kid deserves a shot.

However, with that said, Vick won it fair and square this training camp/preseason. He has been nearly flawless in the games thus far. Vick is 13-of-15 for 199 yards, TD, one interception and has a passer rating of 113.1. That pick shouldn’t even count — he threw it up for grabs at the end of the half.

Foles has been good as well, but he still needs to develop better pocket presence. An example of that is when he fumbled the ball against the Carolina Panthers. He still had time when he picked the ball up, but he decided to throw off his back leg and got picked off in the back of the end zone.

Other than maybe one or two more mistakes, he really wasn’t that far behind Vick. Foles is 11-of-14 for 96 yards, no touchdowns (rushing TD), one pick and a passer rating of 65.7.

There is one thing that is bothering me. I have read a few articles that said Vick was always the guy and Foles never really had a chance. To the people that wrote that or feel that way: I fart in your general direction.

Yes, I stole a quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. What has Vick done to be just handed the job? Don’t give me that 6-7 game span back in 2010. He actually started to decline even then. That was a mirage.

Please don’t say anything about last year. Foles played in front of that same offense line as Vick did, and Foles also didn’t really have DeSean Jackson (two games with Foles) or LeSean McCoy (three games with Foles) playing as both were hurt.

Here are some of the numbers from last year. Foles had a completion rate of 60.7 percent and threw for six touchdowns. He also threw five interceptions and was 1-6 as a starter. Vick had a completion rate of 58 percent and threw for 12 touchdowns along with 10 interceptions. Vick went 3-6 as a starter.

Under Vick, the Eagles averaged 330 yards per game. Under Foles, they averaged 331.3 yards. So obviously, they both were able to move the ball quite similarly. However, under Foles, the Eagles averaged 20 points per game, while they averaged 16.3 points per game under Vick.

So yeah, Foles was just as good as Vick with same offensive line. You could even say Foles was slightly better with those numbers. I really wasn’t trying to make this Foles versus Vick thing, but people irritate me sometimes.

So in closing, Vick earned the starting job in the preseason/training camp. That is where he earned it. You can call me gullible or whatever. I believed Chip Kelly when he said it was an open competition. I know some people didn’t.

It might seem that I am Vick hater, but I’m really not. I hope he has a good year and the Eagles are better for it. I just don’t think he can do it. I hear that he loves football again and he is saying all that right things. That’s great and all, but I have heard this before. No more excuses for Vick: it’s now or never.

Joseph Hickman is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @phillytugger, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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