It is the topic of Philadelphia, if not the topic of the NFL….what should the Eagles do about QB Mike Vick? Who better to chime in than the Philadelphia Eagles contributors for Her Game Life. Adrienne, Laurie and myself share our thoughts and reasoning for Eagles fans everywhere.
Adrienne: The Eagles should stay with Vick. The only way Nick Foles would save the Eagles season is if he had spent all of the 2012 off season sleeping at the foot of Peyton Manning’s bed, drinking his bathwater. Although putting in Foles would make for better television, even old ballerinas (Vick) get to dance Swan Lake one last time. I say let Vick play the full season as it is likely his last in Philly anyway. If the Birds put another loss on the books tonight, Reid will likely succumb to the pressure to bench Vick—the same ways he threw Juan Castillo to wolves. The blame game has already begun.
Laurie: Stick with Vick. Michael Vick is an easy target for the Eagles’ underwhelming record, but the blame belongs to everyone. Has anyone seen the offensive line? No, really. Please find them and ask them to report to the field, preferably every game. In the first six games this year, Vick was knocked to the ground 103 times and hit an additional 44 times, according to stats compiled by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. Last year Vick was hit a total of 69 times in 13 games. Those numbers rest on more shoulders than Vick’s. The defense likewise has missed numerous assignments, many of which resulted in points for the opposing teams and ultimately in losses for the Eagles. Few NFL quarterbacks have taken the pounding that Vick has and a still-wet-behind-the-ears Foles would not last long given the current state of the offense. For 2012, Vick is it for Philadelphia.
Alexis: Nick Foles is my choice and for a couple of the same reasons mentioned by Adrienne and Laurie. Vick has had his time and has proven that he just doesn’t have it anymore. While it was a great move to call a ‘players only’ meeting and have a heart to heart conversation with Andy Reid, it doesn’t change the fumbles, turnovers and losses. Vick will most likely not be in Philadelphia next season so rather than waiting another year to give Foles experience, I think it’d be best to start now. The offensive line is absolutely an issue, but I feel that Foles would be able to overcome hits. Regardless, this group needs to get back on track and start playing like a team instead of a bunch of guys that just happen to be on the field together. In coaching news, how’s Sean Payton doing?