Michael Vick has yet to fully recover from the concussion he suffered during a Week 10 loss to the Cowboys, but if and when Vick passes that test, it won’t mean he’ll be returning to action.
In a move that is in some ways similar to the decision San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made last week, Andy Reid told reporters Monday that Nick Foles will remain the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the duration of the season. Michael Vick will now join Alex Smith as guys who believe they lost their jobs because of concussions.
“No. 1 is his health,” head coach Andy Reid said. “No. 2, which is also important — it gives one of our young players an opportunity to play here the next four games as the starter. Each week he’s been the replacement guy. Now he is the starter, and we’ll see how he does with that on his plate.”
As for how Reid plans to alter his offense for the rookie?
“I don’t expect much change,” Reid said. “He handles things in a pretty cool manner and I think he’ll continue to do that. He was one of the positives in yesterday’s game.”
Besides creating a potentially dangerous atmosphere in which players become more reluctant to report potential concussions in fear of losing their jobs, the move makes sense for the Eagles.
While there aren’t many appealing options at quarterback in 2013, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Vick won’t be back in Philadelphia next season. Nick Foles hasn’t turned the football world upside down, but he is coming off his best performance of the season against the Cowboys. Foles completed 22 of 34 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown on the way to compiling a career best 96.6 quarterback rating.
He has at least earned the right to audition for the quarterback job over the final four games this season. The Eagles’ brass (whoever that consists of) will certainly want to see what they have in Foles as they decide what direction to go in next season.
Surely, Vick can’t be pleased with the decision as he tries to prove to the Eagles (and other potential destinations) that his best football isn’t behind him. Still, his current head coach says Vick understands the situation.
“He was very positive about it, completely understood and was on board,” Reid said.
It will be interesting to see if Vick echoes those sentiments when reporters catch up with him.