Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) on the bench against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Are Michael Vick’s Days Numbered in Philadelphia?

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.

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  • Dr Muon Funk

    Vick is done in Philly.. count it.

  • Moby Dick

    and I bet you are happy about it.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    I think most of Philadelphia is happy about it. Nothing against Vick but his best days are behind him and we need a QB not just for one year. Plus have you seen Foles passer rating? Unreal.

  • Moby Dick

    Foles should definitely start the rest of the year, 9 starts is not enough to gauge he’s ready to be elite (needs about 20 starts), and he’s played great……but sad to see Vick’s time come to an end at the same time.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    True. Maybe Vick can be a specialty guy when he returns? Speaking of elite, where does that leave RGIII? He’s at around 26 starts.

  • Moby Dick

    Vick can help a lot of teams out there, Jags, Minnesota, but he’s certainly not a good fit for Philly now.
    RGIII is good but I fear his style of play will make him injury-prone. Can he stop taking the big hits? Don’t think so. This is why guys like Luck and Foles and to a lesser degree Russell Wilson (who’s a better pocket passer than RGIII) have a better shot to be good for a long time. In any case, QB class of 2012 could wind up being one of the best of all time.