With the hefty contract he’s under, it seems highly unlikely the Philadelphia Eagles would ever consider benching Michael Vick during the 2012 season and replace him with rookie quarterback Nick Foles. However, with the way Vick has played over the first three games of the regular season, would it be crazy to rule out the possibility?
The Eagles may be 2-1 heading into Week 4, but the argument can be made that they could easily have been 0-3 considering how close they were losing both match-ups to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. In three games, Vick has thrown for 905 yards and just three touchdowns. But his six interceptions are a reason to be concerned in Philadelphia–especially if it has an impact on the Eagles winning games.
When Vick took over the starting job for Philadelphia in 2010, he was considered one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL, since he was capable of being just as dangerous on the ground as through the air. However, teams started to figure Vick out over the final few games of the 2010 season, and since then he hasn’t been nearly as effective.
If he continues to turn the ball over at the rate he has over the first three weeks, Vick will be a liability for the Eagles and could even hurt their chances at making the playoffs. Foles showed plenty of potential during the preseason, and depending on what the situation is over the next few weeks–don’t be surprised if Andy Reid considers using his rookie as the starting quarterback, especially if Vick continues to struggle.