December 30, 2012
I know it took an injury to starting QB Nick Foles for this to happen, but it’s good to see Michael Vick back as the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles as they close the season out against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. It appears this will be the last time we’ll see Vick in an Eagles uniform, as the team will almost certainly experience some drastic changes in the off-season. People believe this is almost like an audition for Vick to see which teams would be interested in his services next season. Personally, I think Vick should be back in Philly next season as a huge part of the rebuilding process. Foles has shown some promise on occasion and looks to be in the future plans for the Eagles, but I don’t think he’s ready to take over the reins as the starter at this moment. It’s clear, at least in my opinion, Vick gives them the best chance to win, now and in the future. There were a lot of things that went wrong in a season that was supposed to be very promising for the Eagles. Let’s start with the injuries, which has decimated the team. The offensive line saw four starters go down to season-ending injuries. Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and starting wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin also went down with injuries at some point in the season. Another aspect that has been disappointing for the team is the play of the defense, which underwent constant change over the course of the year in terms of coaching. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired at a time when the defensive was actually playing pretty well. When that change occurred, the defense went down with it, giving up big play after big play. Of course, this is all a direct reflection on head coach Andy Reid, who I think will be(and probably should be)fired after the season concludes. I don’t want to seem like I’m making a bunch of excuses for Vick, but I just believe he wasn’t set up to succeed this season. I think the play calling by Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was suspect at best. You can’t call long-developing plays as often as you want without having the offensive line to protect the QB, but it didn’t appear Reid and Mornhinweg wanted to adjust. That just made things more difficult on Vick, who was constantly on the run from pressure and already has trouble staying healthy as it is. That would explain why he suffered a concussion that seems to have signaled the end of his time with the Eagles. I’ve always been a huge supporter of Vick, and I still believe he can be an elite quarterback if he is put in the right situation. I would also like to see Vick stay in Philadelphia if possible. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I believe it would be the best thing for the team to keep him simply because I think he gives them the best chance to win. As I said before, the Eagles franchise will probably go through a bunch of changes in the coming months, but I don’t think Vick should be one of those changes. I believe he would be a great part of the solution and if the Eagles want to see a bounce back take place, I would suggest keeping Vick.
By Charles Taylor