Michael Vick Concussion: Breaking Down Eagles' QB Situation Following Injury

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are down, and their starting quarterback Michael Vick is out—for now.

The veteran signal-caller suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Week 10's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN.com. Philly is now 3-6 and without its star playmaker with seven games to play.

As a result, Andy Reid and the Eagles will turn to rookie Nick Foles if Vick isn't cleared to play this coming weekend against the Washington Redskins. Foles played decently by rookie standards in place of Vick vs. Dallas, completing 22-of-32 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. However, his tipped interception and late fumble proved costly for Philly, each resulting in a defensive touchdown.

With that being said, Week 10 will be old news after Monday night. It's time we break down the Eagles' quarterback situation as we anticipate the arrival of Week 11. 


Option No. 1: Nick Foles

The first-year player out of Arizona has to be Reid's No. 1 option at this point, considering the severity of Vick's head injury. Plus, Foles wasn't all that bad in his regular-season debut.

If we take a look back to the preseason, we'll see that Foles showed tons of promise even before the QB controversy ignited in Philly. In four preseason games this past summer, Foles completed 40-of-63 passes (63.5 percent) for 553 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions. That equates to an average of 8.8 yards per pass attempt. 

The Eagles won all four of their preseason games, but take that for what it's worth. After all, exhibition games don't count for anything. Either way, Foles finished the preseason with a passer rating of 110.1 and was only sacked one time.

He's a third-round draft pick and a player who threw for more than 4,300 yards and 28 touchdowns last year in the Pac-12. There's no denying that Foles is a gifted passer, and one with plenty of pro potential. We saw what he is capable of during the preseason, and now at 3-6 and having lost five in a row, it's time for the Eagles to develop him in the regular season.


Option No. 2: Michael Vick

Michael Vick is option No. 2 for the Eagles at this point because of his injury. Just look at how banged up he was leaving the field vs. Dallas (via Bleacher Report on Twitter): 

Michael Vick in rough shape post-concussion twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 11, 2012


In addition to Vick's status, the Eagles aren't winning with him under center. Philly is just 3-6 this season with Vick as the starter, and to think that he'll return from a concussion and somehow play better than before is idiotic.

He's completing just 58.5 percent of his passes this season, and is on pace to throw the most touchdowns of any season he's played in the NFL.

As much as the Eagles have invested in No. 7, and for all his potential as one of the most dynamic playmakers the game has ever seen, 11 touchdowns to nine picks isn't going to get it done.


Option No. 3: Trent Edwards

Philadelphia's final option is former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards. He hasn't seen regular-season action since 2010 with Jacksonville, though, so it's safe to say Edwards will need Foles and Vick to go down in order to start. 

Clearly, the battle to be Philly's No. 1 is a two-man race.

It's simple. If Vick is healthy, he will start and play the season out. The Eagles are paying him $100 million over six years, and that means they want to get every bit of production out of him over that time.

If Vick's health is in question, like it is at the moment, then Foles will no doubt start. Obviously, Philly has plans for the 23-year-old if it drafted him 88th overall. The Eagles would just be beginning their transition much earlier than expected.


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