It happened in 2001 as the New England Patriots faced the New York Jets. Patriot’s quarterback Drew Bledsoe got knocked out of the game and a young second-year player by the name of Tom Brady took his place as stater. Brady never gave that position back to Bledsoe. It’s called getting Wally Pipped. And it appears Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback Michael Vick is Wally’s newest victim.
Vick injured his hamstring during a game against the New York Giants on October 6th. After a brief attempt to return on October 27th against those same Giants, Vick has been sidelined ever since. His replacement, back-up quarterback Nick Foles, has excelled in his place. So much so, it appears Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is reluctant to rock the boat as he explained in a recent press conference:
“I think what we’ve done for the last two weeks has worked for us pretty good, so we’re going to stick with that formula. It’s got us 16 touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins, so why would we change?”
Kelly later backtracked a bit, not wanting to commit to a permanent quarterback change yet. Simply because, he doesn’t have too.
“That’s the way it’s going to be. We don’t have to make any decisions on anything because Mike’s not going right now.”
Vick said last week, he felt he’d be ready to play in a week or two. Now that’s apparently been extended to “a few weeks away”. Until then, there isn’t a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia. Just like Brady in 2001, Foles will be earning his job week in and week out. If the back-up quarterback continues to win and string solid performances together, Vick, a free agent in 2014, will be looking for employment elsewhere this offseason.