Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 - 6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Report: Andy Reid Benches Michael Vick, Promotes Nick Foles To Starting QB


Report from NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano.

Oct 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Falcons defeated the Eagles 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

There’s nothing really to say here. It’s mind-boggling. In two weeks, Andy Reid has fired his hand-picked defensive coordinator and demoted his hand-picked starting quarterback. The quarterback that he signed to a massive contract extension prior to last season. The one who, despite shaky play earlier in the season, has been much better recently and was the least of the Eagles’ concerns during the debacle that took place against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field yesterday. And as boos and chants of “Fire Andy” poured down on his head along with the driving rain brought by Hurricane Sandy, Reid decided he would apparently make the only move he had left in a last-ditch attempt to save his job: start Nick Foles.

If the firing of Castillo was the beginning of the end for Reid in Philadelphia, this is another decisive, definitive step towards that endpoint. I wouldn’t be surprised if new QB Nick Foles does well on Monday night in New Orleans, since the Saints’ defense is one of the worst in the NFL. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he does extremely poorly in that game, since the SuperDome is a notoriously tough place for visitors to play and the Eagles’ offensive line is nothing more than 5 well-paid turnstiles dressed up in midnight green. The move isn’t about this season. The season is over. Andy Reid’s tenure as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles is (at most) 9 games from being over. Same goes for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The Philadelphia Eagles will not make the playoffs this year. Foles starting will allow GM Howie Roseman (if he keeps his job) to evaluate his play over the final 9 games of the season to see if the Eagles need to draft a quarterback in the first round next year. If Foles performs well, the team will head into next season with him entrenched as the starter alongside a new head coach and two new coordinators. If he doesn’t, the new coaching staff will bring a highly drafted QB prospect with them. Either way, things will look a lot different next season.

Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 – 6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

I’ll be watching the rest of the season not just because I love the Eagles, but because the time has come to start evaluating players. It’s the Philadelphia version of Judgement Day every Sunday (or, in two cases, Monday) for the next 9 weeks. Who stays, who goes. I’ll also be watching a lot more college football the rest of the year. It’s time to evaluate 1st-round prospects for this year’s draft. Matt Barkley. Geno Smith. Tyler Bray. Tyler Wilson. Manti Te’0. You’re up, Foles. Try not to die behind that offensive line. These next 9 games will go a long way in determining the future of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise. Not just who the quarterback is, but the franchise’s entire future. It’s imperative that owner Jeff Lurie and Howie Roseman make the right decisions this offseason. After all, as Reid’s tenure has shown, the decision you make at head coach could impact your franchise for the next 14 years.

 

Tags: Andy Reid Michael Vick Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles

  • wsphilly08

    Defense or O-Line needs to be addressed in RD 1 of the draft. I’d try to bring Matt Ryan home in FA.

  • dutch-757

    I say get rid of Andy, he hasn’t done anything to help protect Vick….if that o-line is weak I don’t care who you put back there at qb, they gone get cracked up

  • 60EaglesFan

    Not only is this a concise and accurate portrayal of both the Eagles’ present and future, but I am impresssed that “Judgement Day” is spelled correctly (the “e” in “Judgement” is used only when the word is used in this sense).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000203655719 Taryn Williams

    First Juan, now Vick, Andy is running out of scapegoats. Grasping at straws to keep his job, pathetic. Andy please get your lard butt out of my city and go far away and NEVER come back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000203655719 Taryn Williams

    Its all a show to keep his job. It is becoming pretty evident that HE is the problem so he’s throwing everyone under the bus. Problem is there really is not anyone left to blame except him.

  • Barbara Dukes

    Reid needs to wake up, Vick is doing all he can whenever he can. If he dosen’t throw a punch into that front line he is crazy, they totally suck. Vick can be a really great quarterback if he had a half decent front line. He dosen’t, don’t you guys het it and the defense cannot tackle. I am so sorry Michael you are not appreciated. You have made some bad mistakes but I think you get it in the last 2 games. That front line needs to lose their job, at least half of them and stop being their friend Andy.

  • Patty

    I never hear them say that hiring Mick Vick was a big mistake and are they going to get rid of the dog killer this is what happens when you hire the devil. Does Mike Vick have to give back them money they give him to play? I want to see the thug flipping hamburgers in McDonald .I hope others learn from the eagles mistake for hiring a criminal .

  • Patty

    Babara how could defend a dog killer Vick is the problem don’t justify his bad playing and blame everyone else this why his is a cocky asshole his needs to go back to the hood where he came from.

  • Charlie

    Well, Patty, thanks for proving you’re inept. The term “dog killer” already proves your arguement is invalid as you have a personal vendetta other than an analysis of the game. Thank you for that ignorance, good job by you.

  • Charlie

    I hate Andy and Marty… they have destroyed my football year in nd year out. That Holmgren era is a bunch of tards that were only made to look good due to good players, not good coaching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.boatright.3979 Michael Boatright

    Can someone tell me why he listed a linebacker with the short list of QB’S ? Vick hasn’t played worth a damn. Certainly not 100 million worth of play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourbestnightmare Mike Bigdaddy Fondots

    why would you even write this story, vick is starting against new orleans. do some fact checking. never once from the eagles did they say foles was starting. not once.

  • Destrus Dominate

    I heard Brett Favre is available… lol