When Michael Vick became “significantly concussed” Sunday, many new paths and choices opened up. Not only for the Eagles organization, but the future of Andy Reid’s career. Nick Foles will most likely make his first career start this Sunday at Washington. But when Monday comes around, and once again Reid has a choice, how will he choose to proceed?
There are obviously only two ways he can go. Vick or Foles. But it’s not that simple. There are many underlying factors to this decision. Yet for Andy Reid, only one goal. How does he keep his job going into 2013? Which horse will he attach his wagon to, down possibly the final stretch in his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles? Will his decisions be made for the good of the franchise in the long term? Or is he coaching for his job, week to week, with no regard for the future of this team, except a future that involves him.
Let’s take a moment to analyze each decision, and it’s ramifications for the present and future.
Let’s assume that this season isn’t over. Which QB gives you the best chance to make a run at the playoffs? The way Michael Vick has played, and more importantly, the way his teammates have played around him, is less than acceptable. With Michael Vick in the game, this team looks like it’s lost, playing with no purpose. This all changed in the second half of last weeks game. I saw an offensive line that was determined to give the rookie a chance. I saw a swarming defense that played with a fire that has been missing all season. I saw heart.
This leads me to believe that despite Vick’s experience, the unity Nick Foles fosters will give the Eagles a better, albeit a slight, chance to make a run.
Looking toward the future, Michael Vick is not the long term answer at QB for the Eagles. His level of play has been rapidly declining, and his health is always a big question mark. Is Nick Foles that answer? With one half of an NFL game under his belt, there is far from enough evidence to give even an educated guess. Bottom line is, to be properly evaluated, he needs playing time.
Either way you slice it, Foles seems to be the logical choice. Except Andy Reid isn’t making this decision based on whats best for the Eagles. Andy Reid is fighting for his job. The way he looks at it, Michael Vick is the more experienced, more talented option at QB. Michael Vick gives him better odds at retaining his title. Michael Vick is also the perfect fall guy. If Nick Foles fails to succeed, Andy Reid is out of bullets. And out of Philly.