Philadelphia Eagles: Bring on the Quarterback Controversy

By Matt Shaner
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We knew it was going to happen. We knew, in a season with a leaky offensive line and a Michael Vick reverting to old habits, that it wouldn’t be too long. He started running for his life over the last two weeks. In this game, Vick gained some quality yards on designed runs and sweeps — that is until he pulled up with a hamstring injury.

It is a scene that’s been repeated since he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick is a quarterback who takes too many hits and, at his age, can’t stand up to his style of play. The worst-case scenario for the team happened when Nick Foles stepped in and led the team to victory.

We know that Foles brings a different game to this offense. He is not as mobile as Vick, but he has a quicker release and a higher rate of accuracy. The opinions are already starting to fly this morning, and I read more than one person who stated that Vick is the perfect quarterback for Chip Kelly‘s offense. That may be true.

The point is, this is no longer Kelly’s offense. Gone is the pace and the strategy that showed up in Week 1. LeSean McCoy was not a factor this week as Kelly leaned on the passing game against a wounded secondary. Foles is your best option for the new version of Kelly’s game, one that is showing more and more influence from Pat Shurmur and his West Coast offense routes.

If Vick does not start next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Foles leads the team to a convincing victory, look for the noise surrounding the quarterback to start roaring in the media. We know that Foles and Vick are probably not the quarterback of the future. This is a great time to let Foles build up his trade value and for Philadelphia to see if it can flip him for a high pick next year on the defensive side of the ball.

Let the quarterback controversy begin.

Matt Shaner is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @MDShanersports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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