The Eagles have had a number of problems this season. However, they finally have a good problem. They have two very capable quarterbacks who can win football games. The only issue is which quarterback to go with moving forward.
It used to be an unwritten rule that you couldn’t lose your job due to injury. I hope Michael Vick doesn’t believe that. Let’s remember that Vick took over the starting job after Kevin Kolb was hurt. He played at a very high level and Andy Reid couldn’t remove him from the lineup. The same type of thing happened in San Francisco last year. Alex Smith was playing very well but lost his starting job when he got hurt and Colin Kaepernick came in and dominated.
So here we are. Vick went down during the Giants game. Nick Foles came in and played well. He made his first start of the season against the Bucs and played very well again. So as Vick moves towards being deemed “ready” this week, will that launch him back into the starting lineup? Can Chip Kelly sit the hot hand?
At this point, I think you have to stick with Foles. He has been extremely efficient, completing over 67% of his passes so far this season. He is making smart decisions and is yet to turn the ball over. Clearly, he doesn’t have the play making ability with his legs that Vick does, but I think he’s looked good in moving out of the pocket and throwing the ball on the run.
Also, when you look at the quarterback play from when Vick went down, it never dropped off. It actually has improved a bit. This says a lot to me because Vick was playing pretty well through the first four games of the season before going down against the Giants.
There really is no reason to not start Foles against the Cowboys. He has done nothing but play at a high level since stepping in for Vick. I think he has earned the opportunity to get the starting nod this weekend. He’s executing the offense at a very high level, and he deserves the chance to continue that trend unless he shows otherwise.
This is not to be negative towards Vick. Part of the reason I feel Foles should start is that Vick will be there ready to be called on if necessary. I also feel confident with Vick’s abilities and play he has shown so far this season. However, I don’t think you can just move away from the hot hand and right now that is Nick Foles.