To Nick Or Not To Nick? Vick Is The QuestionBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
“Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; a difficult problem”. That’s how the dictionary describes an enigma. That is what Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has developed into, this year particularly. The biggest question in this 2012 season after four games is why Michael Vick can’t hold onto the football. No one has the answer, not even Vick.
The ball has bounced Philadelphia’s way in their three wins this year but no one knows how the ball is going to bounce in this Sunday’s game against the Lions or the next game, or the game after that. Sports debaters and fans alike have predicted that at some point Vick’s eleven turnovers will come back to haunt Philadelphia, costing the Eagles a game.
Well, that time has already come as Vick’s early fumble against the Steelers this past Sunday in the red zone, a play that he could have scored on or kept the drive alive and a chance for at least three points (points that were the difference in the game) ended up costing them. Turnovers are directly related to the lack of scoring points, obviously. And scoring points productively, means wins (Verses scoring when you’re down 35-10).
Does Vick need to carry a ball around with him as some have suggested? Should he sleep with the football to try and establish a better, more intimate relationship with it? I say “yes” and “yes” if it’s going to help him hold onto it. Tom Jackson of ESPN reported Sunday night that Michael Vick has turned the ball over 52 times in his last 21 games which is a very disturbing statistic, atrocious in fact showing a pattern and more significantly, part of his skill (less) set.
The question now though is, how long do you wait to find out if his turnover habits will change? The Eagles quarterback has led the team to a 3-2 record and 1st place in the NFC East so far and there’s plenty of time to right the wrong… or is there? Chances are there will be more of the same. If coach Any Reid waits another week and things continue, it’s eventually going to cost him his job. How much loyalty do you have for the leader of your team when your own career is on the line?
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, who is Vick’s backup, is obviously young and unproven but judging only by the preseason; has the tools to at least give it a good shot. If we end up 8-8 or 9-7 Reid loses his job anyway right? But is Nick Foles ready for the speed and pressure of the regular season? Can he deliver as he did for a team that is still in my opinion, contending for a Super Bowl? I’ve always thought so.
There’s a lot of football left and room for Michael Vick to improve, but how long does Reid wait? There’s an argument to be made concerning the offense line and they, perhaps, can cause problems for Foles as well. Another point to be made is that the defense didn’t come through when they needed to. I said to myself the entire second half that the defense needed to come up with a turnover which they haven’t done much at all this year. And someone must have voodoo dolls of the defensive line since there have been no sacks in two straight games now. There are going to be games though where the defense will have to bail out the offense and vice versa. It just didn’t happen Sunday.
But more than a fourth of the way through the season, a Super Bowl or Bust season, is it time to panic? The alternative is to build for next year. And we’re right back where we seem to keep starting. One problem is, if Reid goes to Mike now and Foles stinks up the joint, do you revert and go back to Vick?
Philadelphia will not, cannot win games if the turnover issue is not resolved and any chance of even getting to a Super Bowl let alone winning a ring, is non-existent. I’m an Andy Reid guy but… maybe it’s just time for him to pack it in and see what a different coach with a different mindset and vision has on how to use the talent on this team. I wonder what’s going on in the mind of owner Jeffrey Laurie?
Will the enigmatic MV7 figure things out? For now, it’s up to him to determine Andy’s next move by his play. Vick will have at least one more week against a Detroit team that has been perhaps an even bigger disappointment to their city. Another week, another game, another … turnover?
Shhh, listen… “And now, entering the game at quarterback, number 9, Nick Foles”. To be continued…
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