The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Andy Reid have decided to keep high-priced veteran Michael Vick as the team’s starting quarterback through Week 9's matchup with the New Orleans Saints, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Eagles coach Andy Reid announces Mike Vick remains the team's starting QB.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 31, 2012
While this is a vote of confidence for Vick from the team's longtime coach, this could be Vick's final chance to redeem himself with the organization and its fans.
The Eagles play the Saints this week—a team that boasts the 30th-ranked pass defense in the league with 304.6 yards allowed through the air per game—and if Vick can’t capitalize on the favorable matchup, this will be his last shot.
What It Means
As much as Philadelphia fans want this to be the wake-up call the team needs, this could only be a temporary fix to a long-term problem. Even if Vick plays well Monday night against New Orleans, the opposition’s defense is so bad that the team really won’t learn anything.
If Vick fails, though, Reid and the Philadelphia organization will have no problem sitting him and going with the rookie Nick Foles.
Not only would the polarizing QB find his way to the bench with a poor performance in Week 9, it would be the final straw that ends Vick's Eagles career.
With the ultimate backing from his coach—a man who has staked his reputation and now his job on the convicted felon—Vick must perform under the pressure or face the consequences from the team.
New Orleans' pass defense couldn't stop a college team at this point, so if the veteran QB can’t beat the Saints Monday night, he doesn't deserve to be a starter for the Eagles anymore.
Let the calls for the rookie backup Foles commence.
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