Eagles Wake-Up Call: Vick And the Remainder Of the Season
A couple things regarding Michael Vick:
The Eagles do not plan on making a roster move at quarterback right now. They have had two QBs active for the majority of their games, and feel they can get by while Vick recovers from his concussion.
It is unknown exactly how long that will take. According to a source who had a recent conversation with the signal-caller, the 32-year-old sounded “alert and strong.” While that is certainly good news, it is not necessarily an indicator that he is nearing a return. This week is out. Beyond that is more hazy. Vick still has to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol to be cleared.
In the meanwhile, Nick Foles gets to audition.
It has been suggested that Vick will be held out for the remainder of the year so that the Eagles can gather as much intel on Foles as possible. While I understand the thought process, I am not convinced that is how they will proceed. The first thing that needs to be considered is the divisional race. The Giants sit at 6-4 after dropping two in a row. Following their bye this week, their schedule goes like this: Green Bay, @Washington, New Orleans, @Atlanta, @Baltimore, Philadelphia.
That is not easy. The rest of the NFC East — even the Eagles, who have four division games remaining — could be alive for a while despite subpar records. Assuming this is still Andy Reid‘s call, you would think he would go with the quarterback he felt gave his team the best chance to win for as long as the team has a shot, however remote. If he determines that is Vick, then Vick is in.
“You don’t count anybody out in the National Football League. So, I’m surely not going to count this football team out,” said Reid.
As we explored here, Jeffrey Lurie could assert his power and force the coach’s hand if he wants to see the rookie for the remainder of the regular season. It seems unlikely the owner would make such a move before this team is eliminated from contention, however.
Also, though the wave of popular opinion has already pushed Vick out of town for 2013, I am accounting for at least the possibility that he returns. You would think that Lurie and Howie Roseman would consult the next head coach before making such an important football decision as who the quarterback will be. Seeing as we have no idea who that coach is, how can we know for sure what his take will be?
Vick’s hefty contract has to be figured in. But as Sheil pointed out on our show, the leverage is on the Eagles’ side and it is certainly possible they could convince Vick to restructure his deal.
Maybe they do cut ties and start fresh with a new quarterback to go with the new coach after this season. Call it the most likely scenario if you want. But until that decision is made, it makes sense to keep Vick invested. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
WHAT YOU MISSED
Even if Foles is lights out down the stretch, it will not be enough to save Reid.
What are the chances Foles is dynamite? We look at the rest of the rookie quarterbacks to see if they offer any insight.
Sheil’s review of the offensive skill position players includes Troy Aikman‘s tough words for Jeremy Maclin.
Here’s what the national media are saying about the Eagles.
Nnamdi, the blitzer? That’s what Kapadia’s All-22 review of the defense revealed.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
The Washington Post looks at whether the Redskins are “licking their chops” with the Eagles up next.
When you consider the Eagles’ current woes, the Redskins’ issues nearly pale in comparison. Washington has also been losing games it could win, can’t cover in the secondary and hasn’t been able to make many plays in the passing game. But the quarterback and running back are young and trending up. Injuries, to players like OLB Brian Orakpo, DE Adam Carriker, WR Pierre Garcon, TE Fred Davis and S Brandon Meriweather are a legitimate excuse for some of the Redskins’ poor play.
But at least Washington hasn’t checked out. Philly’s players could rally around Foles, but if they were going to rally, why didn’t they do it after their bye, against the Falcons… or against the Saints … or against the Cowboys? Washington is playing against a team that seems like it has no fight left in it. The Redskins, with a couple of successful drives early and a lead, can take advantage.
Les Bowen gives his thoughts on the upcoming head coaching search:
I’m pretty sure Lurie and Roseman will go for a “bright young man” type. Of course, that has its risks, too. A lot of those guys look less bright, once they’re in charge. See Steve Spagnuolo, Todd Haley, Ron Rivera, Tony Sparano, etc.
The guy that everybody is talking about, in regard to every potential NFL coaching vacancy, is Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who certainly is a successful innovator. I am leery. Kelly has never spent a minute in the NFL, as a player or coach. “Pure” college coaches have been really, really unsuccessful in the NFL lately — Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino. Yes, Jim Harbaugh and Greg Schiano have been good hires, but both had strong NFL backgrounds, which they took to college coaching, before returning to the NFL.
The Eagles begin preparations for the Redskins. All eyes will be on Foles as he gets ready for his first start in the NFL.