The Eagles Should Bench Michael Vick
The Philadelphia Eagles have lost three games in a row and fans in the Philly area are calling for the ouster of head coach Andy Reid. The team’s quarterback, Michael Vick, has been a turnover machine this season and Reid is considering a change at the position to try to save his job.
Vick has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled nine times, the latter of which leads all QBs in the NFL. Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin says that Vick has not been improving, he’s had problems with audibles over the last several weeks, and that Nick Foles could get the start next Monday night against New Orleans.
But will replacing Vick save Reid’s job and improve the slumping Eagles? Philadelphia has the fourth worst turnover margin in the league, and perhaps Foles, the rookie from Arizona, will reduce those turnovers from the QB position. The offensive line has allowed the fifth most sacks in the NFL, and that could partially be because Vick has held on to the ball in the pocket more than any starting signal caller in the league.
The running game has gained four yards per carry on average, which is good for 10th in the league. A switch to Foles would make LeSean McCoy a larger part of the offense, which the Eagles may want to do. Dan Graziano of ESPN doesn’t think Vick should be benched, but he’s turning the ball over so much and not inspiring confidence in any of his teammates. Vick is losing games, and it’s time for the future of the franchise to take over.