There are still two preseason games to be played, but there are already some legitimate concerns about the Eagles quarterback position this year. Michael Vick has played a total of 12 snaps in two games and has left each of them with an injury.
He’s injured his thumb on Jason Kelce’s helmet and took a nasty shot in the ribs that sent him to the locker room for x-rays. Not only did he get knocked out of the game, he may have very well been knocked out of the rest of the preseason. That’s not too alarming as I”m not sure how much he would have ended up playing in the remaining two games anyway.
The bottom line here is that this preseason has reinforced the fact that Vick is an injury prone quarterback. He has a great knack for extending plays and can do some pretty amazing things when he does. At the same time, this type of style has allowed him to play in all 16 regular season games once in his career.
If history is any indicator, we won’t be seeing Vick as the starter in every game this season. So if the new franchise quarterback is forced to miss time, how much trouble are the Eagles really in?
Right now, it seems many aren’t that worried due to the play of Nick Foles. He’s been impressive in both games he’s played in, but he’s far from punching his ticket to Canton. Foles has been on the roster a short time, but he seems to have made some big strides for a rookie.
I think these strides are directly related to the coaching staff he’s studying under and I think that starts at the top with Andy Reid.
You can love Reid or hate Reid, but it’s hard to deny his track record of developing quarterbacks. That doesn’t just include his number one guy.
Look at Vick. He was brought in to develop while Donovan McNabb still owned the starting job. Yes, Vick had successful seasons while in Atlanta. However, he made some clear strides in his game after suiting up for the Eagles.
Look at Kevin Kolb. Reid drafted him to develop as the heir to McNabb. After a few years of coaching and only a handful of starts, they were able to execute a trade in which they clearly ended up on the winning side.
Mike Kafka and most recently Foles are the new projects. Many have had kind words about Kafka although he hasn’t been dominant in the limited action he’s seen. Now we have Foles. Many analysts are impressed by the big improvements he’s made in the short time he’s been with the Eagles. The credit has to go to Reid and his staff.
I’m not saying that I wouldn’t care if Vick went down. Trust me, I would. Vick clearly gives the Eagles their best chance to win. However, if Vick is forced to miss a game or two during the season, I wouldn’t fully rule the Eagles out.
Reid has had guys step up for him in the past and we may just end up seeing that happen again in 2012.