Michael Vick may have played his last snap as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The No. 1 question mark going into this season under a new regime with Chip Kelly was whether Vick could simply stay healthy for one full season.
Unfortunately for Vick, the answer is no. The guy has simply never been able to stay on the football field having played 16 games just once in his 10-plus-year career. As Kelly said when he was introduced as head coach, the best ability as a quarterback is durability. Vick is proving to be anything but durable.
Vick was signed for one season in Philly on basically a “prove it” deal. Show us you can stay healthy and play at a high level in this offense. The former certainly hasn’t happened. His health issues combined with inconsistent play from Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley have once again made the quarterback position a huge question mark for the Eagles.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recently came out and said that finding a franchise quarterback was the Eagles No. 1 priority. Bold statement from an owner and one that tips the Eagles hand a bit come draft time. Regardless, a truer statement has never been made. The Eagles have basically been stuck in reverse at the quarterback position since Donovan McNabb was dealt. You simply cannot win consistently in this league with instability at that position.
It has been torture as an Eagles fan reading who’s going to be the quarterback this week or can he play well that week. If you have your guy, those questions should never even pop up. Unfortunately, the Eagles don’t. Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and company will have to pull out all the stops to get that franchise guy or this organization will continue to be stuck in neutral.