Is Foles’ Time Near, Or Will Michael Vick Save The 2012 Season?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Wow, the Eagles actually came out of Cleveland with a win against the Browns. That’s what we all expected. Now, how they did it is far from what any of us visualized. Starting quarterback Michael Vick was horrible, as he said himself. Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called a pretty poor game (at least in the second half), and the offensive line hardly blocked anybody. Did I cover everything?
I wrote last week that Michael could give way to backup quarterback Nick Foles, an article not received very well to say the least. I said that in part because I believe in Foles ability but mainly “if” Vick were to miss time because of injury, Foles would be more than capable. But after watching Sunday’s game Mr. Vick needs to get his “Boogaloo Situation” together. A Boogaloo Situation is his act, his swag…get his caliber of play up to about 100 million dollars!
I’m one of the biggest MV7 fans on the planet but I’m an Eagles fan first. Real fans in Philadelphia do not accept mediocrity and that’s what he was against a subpar Browns team. I realize he only had something like 12 plays in the pre-season and he’s quite rusty. That’s where the coaching staff comes in. I’m not going to harp on four interceptions, so Andy and Marty should have him handing off to LeSean McCoy. Vick had little time to look downfield and was constantly in duress, side stepping and hurrying out of the pocket. And on many big plays, usually a big run by McCoy, what was the call? Holding!
This Sunday the Eagles won’t be playing a team on the same level as the Browns. They open up at home against a much more talented and better coached team that was one controversial call (and missed field goal) from last year’s Super Bowl. Yes, the Ravens are coming and they’re going to bring it!
Ray Lewis, future hall of fame middle linebacker doesn’t “seem” to be the maniac he once was but he’s still leading this team in tackles. I did notice however that Lewis was dragged for a few extra yards on some plays Monday Night, so although the Ravens humiliated the Bengals, Cincinnati was still able to run the ball…hint, hint Andy. The Bengals rushed for 127 yards and over 5 yards per carry! Mike Vick doesn’t have to do it all by himself! Help him out!
Baltimore’s defense put good pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, especially in the latter stages of the game. How good, or bad that unit up front for the Eagles is will be determined Sunday afternoon at The Linc! Vick will have to be sharp and make good reads and fast, proper decisions while getting the ball out quickly against an aggressive Baltimore defense.
This Cleveland game, if you believe in omens, could present a good one. Vick took off on a scramble to get about ten yards for a first down. He was hit one yard short, knowing he was going to take a shot he put his head down and braced himself for a vicious hit, losing the ball. Somehow he came up with his own fumble, got the first down and was able to finish the drive with the winning touchdown. Last year that ball would have bounced in another direction.
Will the ball continue to bounce in the Eagles favor? Will MV7 get his Boogaloo Situation together or will we get an early glimpse of the future? Do you think it would help or even be reasonable to bench Mike Vick if he continues to struggle ala Donovan McNabb verses these same Ravens? We know that the rest of the team is behind Vick and that is very significant but if he doesn’t progress with each game as I expect he should, call him what you want… number nine might get his chance a lot sooner than any of us truly expected. I’ll say it again… Rookie quarterbacks have flourished in the NFL…but I’m not ready to hang up my #7 jersey just yet.
Things that make you go “Hmmm”: With the hip flexor injury to Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin, do the Eagles call up Marvin McNutt from the Practice Squad or do they bring in someone, say… Plaxico Burress? Hmmm?
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