The Philadelphia Eagles, led by Michael Vick, began the year on Monday Night Football sprinting out of the gates. They couldn’t be stopped and if not for a change in philosophy in the second half of Week 1, they would have looked invincible. However, things change quickly in the NFL. The Eagles, although tied for the NFC East lead at 3-3, have only seemed a part of the high octane team that lit it up for that first half. They had struggled in the red zone, been inconsistent and looked, for the most part, like any mediocre offense. That is until Nick Foles took over.
It’s nothing against Vick, because his skillset and mobility are probably the best at the quarterback position to ever take the field. But the offense has just looked different for the last game and a half. Since Foles took over for Vick against the New York Giants, the Philadelphia offense has soared to new heights. It could just be coincidence, but it could also be that things were just made simpler.
The biggest difference between the two quarterbacks is the red-zone production, which struggled under Vick producing only five touchdowns in 14 trips. Foles, in just a game and a half, has produced four touchdowns in seven trips, even rushing for one. If Foles continues on this pace against the Dallas Cowboys and the Eagles are able to get a victory and sole possession of first place, the decision at quarterback becomes that much more difficult for Chip Kelly.
How do you sit a quarterback down who has won three games, in three attempts, and built up a quarterback rating comparable to the likes of the great Peyton Manning?
After this weekend, not only could the Eagles be in first place all alone, but they may have the biggest decision of their season, and future, to make. Kelly could be handcuffed, sooner than he had hoped, in deciding which direction the franchise is moving, once again putting himself in the middle of two great quarterbacks, and a team on the rise.