Michael Vick Likely To Be Benched For Eagles

Eagles likely to bench Michael Vick

10/29/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) runs off the field after playing the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIREPhiladelphia radio personality Howard Eskin has reported that Eagles' head coach Andy Reid is likely to bench Michael Vick in favor of rookie Nick Foles for next week's game against the Saints. Eskin's exact quote, via Twitter, is as follows: "Andy Reid met with coaches after game on Sunday to discuss QB situation. Meet again Mon Morn. I'm told likely QB change to Foles." Eskin is one of Philadelphia's most plugged-in media members and has broken some of the city's big sports-related stories in the past.

The probable quarterback change comes in the wake of a 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. While it may seem like a 13 point loss to a 7-0 team is not much cause for concern, the game was not as close as the score indicates. The Falcons led 24-7 at halftime, after which they grounded their vicious aerial attack.

Vick didn't play a bad game, but he was far too apprehensive for a quarterback signed to a $100 million contract. While it was encouraging to see him avoid turning the ball over, his 191 yards on a very mediocre 5.46 yards per attempt are far from what the Eagles want out of their quarterback.

In addition to his unimpressive stats, Vick also reportedly made two bad audible mistakes in Sunday's loss. With Reid's job in jeopardy, and his feeling that his struggling signal caller isn't getting any better, he seems close to shaking things up in an attempt to save both his job and the Eagles' season.
October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The quarterback Reid will look to is rookie Nick Foles, drafted out of Arizona in the third round of April's draft. Foles was a preseason sensation for the Eagles, ranking second among preseason quarterbacks in passing yards, first in touchdowns, and third in quarterback rating among those who threw 60+ times. He's unproven against a first-team defensive unit, but his impressive preseason performances have Andy Reid confident that he can get the job done - or at least more confident than he was in Michael Vick.

Personally, I'd have waited one more week before making this decision. The Eagles will face the Saints' league-worst defense this week, and if Vick could put together a strong performance against them - which I would imagine he would - it could give him the confidence in himself that he needs to play well in games down the road. Then again, it could be a good, confidence-building first game for a rookie who has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game.

With weapons like DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean McCoy at his disposal, Foles is now worth a pickup in all fantasy leagues. I wouldn't drop Vick yet, unless you have one of the elite quarterbacks as your starter. Foles could easily flop and be benched after a game or two.
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10/29/12   |   darley_99

(Re: Reid, et al):  Why do Presidents (USA) and most coaches (generally) "stand by their man" ... until everyone gets drug through the mud .. several times?