The Philadelphia Eagles are enduring yet another disappointing season and with their loss Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, the 3-6 Eagles are poised for some major changes next season. At this point, you have to figure that head coach Andy Reid is as good as gone, but will Michael Vick follow Reid out of town? Vick is slated for a $16 million dollar salary next season, but only $3 million of that is guaranteed and the Eagles have away to escape that obligation with no financial strings attached.
The Eagles’ ownership said publicly that the team needed success on the field this season, and Philadelphia has struggled mightily, and you can make the case that this team could actually be winless this season. The Eagles released their defensive coordinator heading into their bye week but that change has had little effect. Reid will ultimately be held responsible for this season and it likely will cost him his job.
Perhaps moving away from Reid is a good thing. Reid is a good coach and will be unemployed for a very short time before joining another franchise, but it’s time for a change of scenery for the league’s longest tenured head coach. It’s time for a new head coach that brings some fresh ideas and objective evaluation of players on the current roster.
The future of Michael Vick in an Eagles jersey after this season hangs in the balance with the next coaching staff. Would a new coach decide to blow up the roster and go another direction or try to re-capture of vintage Michael Vick with a re-vamped offensive line? Will the Eagles ownership decide they want to pay Vick $16 million in 2013?The Eagles have until three days after the Super Bowl, or February 6, to decide if they want to jettison him without financial obligation towards him next season.
Vick was electric in the 2010 season, winning eight of his 10 games, but since then, he has posted just 10 wins in 24 games. The reality surrounding Vick is that he is undersized, he has had a history of injuries in his career, starting all 16 games only once in his storied career.
Vick is currently ranked 25th in the NFL with a 79.2 passer rating. He has just 11 touchdowns against 9 interceptions this season, along with 10 fumbles. Yes, the Eagles offensive line has been horrible this season, but his turnovers have followed him throughout his entire career, not just playing behind this o-line.
One has to wonder if the Eagles front office might want to see rookie Nick Foles on the field to evaluate their future knowing that Reid will be gone at the end of the season. A few weeks ago, Vick told reporters that he would understand if he were to be benched, and perhaps the time has come.
Foles could get the start this week against the Washington Redskins if Michael Vick is not cleared to play after suffering a concussion yesterday. If Foles gets the Eagles in the win column, or looks impressive, why not start him for the remainder of the season so that the next coaching regime has some tape to evaluate his play.
It is time for wholesale changes with the Eagles. This team has too much talent on the roster to be playing at this level on the field. Michael Vick cannot be blamed for all the problems, but he has contributed. Why not see what Foles has to offer, after all, the Seattle Seahawks are winning with Russell Wilson under center.