The Advancement Of NIck Foles Changes Things For Reid And VickBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
The development of Eagles rookie backup quarterback Nick Foles may not look like a major factor on this year’s Philadelphia ball club from where you’re sitting, but it could have major repercussions on the circumstances of Birds head coach Andy Reid and starting quarterback Michael Vick.
The advancement of Foles puts Reid in a more secure position. First of all, he was the guy who pulled the trigger on drafting him. Yes, team GM Howie Roseman deserves some of the credit but Reid is the guy with the reputation of knowing quarterbacks.
If Vick were to get hurt or struggle, Reid would still be a hard person to fire because of his reputation as a great developer of quarterbacks. Would you get rid of Reid despite the fact that he identified and drafted Foles, then started to develop him. There are few people in the league with the reputation Reid has of being able to develop quarterbacks.
He’s known for putting quarterbacks in position to succeed. A.J. Feeley, Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb have all played their best football here in Philadelphia for Andy. They’ve all been busts after they’ve left here.
On the other hand, the advancement of Foles doesn’t help Vick, if anything it puts more pressure on him to have a big year. If we assume that Foles continues to play well in the Cleveland and New York Jets preseason games, and Vick struggles this year with turnovers or injuries, the Eagles will be able to say good-bye to number 7 at the end of the season. They can do so with the knowledge that his heir apparent is already on the roster.
Remember that the Eagles negotiated a contract with Vick which allows them to say good-bye to him after this season without much financial discomfort. That wasn’t an accident or a coincidence.
I emphasize that it could be Vick’s inconsistent play or his inability to stay healthy which could end his time in Philadelphia. If he turns the ball over like he did a year ago or is unable to lead the Birds to the playoffs, it could lead to his end here with the Eagles. If he plays well but continues to be sidelined by injuries that could lead to him leaving here after the season.
You can believe that Vick sees Foles improving and advancing. The speedy quarterback knows what time it is. We knew this was going to be a big year for Vick during the off season, but the advancement of Foles has made the year even bigger. If we thought Vick was going to be on the hot seat before the preseason games, Foles’ play has him sitting on an even hotter seat now.
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