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Michael Vick is not the Answer at Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles

October 27th, 2013 at 10:21 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

Michael Vick has been with the Philadelphia Eagles since 2009 when they signed him after his release from prison. Originally a backup, Vick became the starting quarterback for the Eagles in 2010. It's been downhill for Vick ever since.

'Eagles vs Redskins 10/16/11' photo (c) 2011, Matthew Straubmuller - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Vick had missed a combined 13 games due to injuries between the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. This season, Vick has already missed two games this season as he sat out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. If you were to combine both games the Eagles played the New York Giants where Vick only played for less than a half, Vick has missed a total of three games this season. 

In the first game against the Giants, three weeks ago, Vick left late in the second quarter after he pulled up limping after he ran out of bounds. It was eventually announced that Vick sustained a pulled hamstring that sidelined him for the Buccaneers and Cowboys games. Vick was getting close to his return and it seems as though the Eagles brought him back a little earlier than they should after Nick Foles went down with a concussion against the Cowboys. 

You could see from Vick's movements that he was not at 100 percent health for round two against the Giants. Just like in the Eagles' first game against the Giants, Vick left before halftime with a re-injured hamstring. Vick said he felt his hamstring "pop" on the Eagles' second drive after he ran out of bounds.

Notice the pattern of Vick hurting his hamstring when running out of bounds?

Before leaving the game, Vick had only completed six passes out of nine attempts for 31 yards. He only ran once for a one yard pickup.

The Eagles started warming Matt Barkley up after their third offensive drive. He came into the game after their fourth drive. 

modenadude / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo credit: modenadude / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

This was the second week that Barkley was thrown into the game with barely any reps with the first team offense during practice. It was also the second week where he came into the game when the Eagles were getting beaten up. However, the good news about Barkley is that he performed a lot better than last week against the Cowboys. Instead of throwing three interceptions like he did last week, he only threw one. Barkley finished the game throwing 17-26 for 158 yards. However, he failed to put any points on the board again. 

Vick will most likely miss next weeks game against the Oakland Raiders due to re-injuring his hamstring. If the injury is as bad as the first time, he he will be out longer than the two games he already missed. Foles' return is still uncertain because of his concussion. As of right now, Barkley is looking like the starting quarterback for the Eagles next Sunday. G.J. Kinne will most likely be signed from the practice squad and suit up as the backup quarterback to Barkley. Tight end James Casey will continue to be the teams emergency quarterback.

This is just another season that Vick has not been able to stay healthy for. He has only been able to stay healthy and play all 16 games once in his career. At 33-years-old, Vick only has a few seasons in the NFL left… that's if he can stay healthy enough to last that long. The Eagles are trying to turn themselves around after finishing the 2012 season with a  4-12 record. The Eagles won't be able to complete a turnaround with a quarterback who can't play a full season. 

Vick and the Eagles decided to complete a new deal in the offseason. Vick signed a one-year contract with the Eagles back in February which replaced his six-year contract he signed back in 2011. This was a smart move by the Eagles after they realized he wasn't going to be able to stay healthy for an entire season and his play is inconsistent. Vick will be a free-agent at the end of the season. With Vick now injured for the second time this season, the Eagles will most likely let Vick walk at the end of the season.

If they choose to let Vick walk after the season, then the Eagles have a choice to make. Do they continue with Foles and Barkley? 

'NFL Draft' photo (c) 2011, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Or do they draft their future franchise quarterback in the first round of the 2014 draft?

Take a look at the projected 2014 NFL Draft class at quarterback. It looks pretty good, doesn't it? Yes, it does. Chip Kelly is most likely keeping his eye on that list.


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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Football, Matt Barkley, Michael Vick, New York Giants, NFL, NFL Draft, Nick Foles, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback

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