With Nick Foles still not medically cleared to return to the field after suffering a concussion, Michael Vick got the starting nod for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the New York Giants. Vick had missed the previous two weeks while dealing with a hamstring injury. His return to the field was less than spectacular. As Vick left the field after aggravating his injury, he had led the Eagles on 11 plays for a total of 19 yards.
Vick initially was seen riding a stationary bike on the sidelines while the Giants drove down the field for another field goal, but he did return for a short period of time. The southpaw told reporters after the game that he felt something “pop” in his hamstring before leaving the game for good.
It’s time for the Philadelphia Eagles to move on from Vick moving forward. He has always had an injury history. He struggles in Chip Kelly’s offense. He turns the ball over too much.
Nick Foles has shown that he can move the Eagles offense. Matt Barkley is illustrating he’s not ready to start yet at the NFL level. As soon as Foles is medically cleared, plant him under center for the remainder of the season to evaluate his skills. If Foles proves not to be the answer, Chip Kelly will have the chance to draft another quarterback next season as he continues to re-vamp this roster into having the players that he really wants.
Vick’s career as a starter is likely over in the NFL. If he wants to further his career, he’ll likely have to assume the role of a backup moving forward. He has shown that he struggles reading defenses and he does not have the durability needed at the position.
Vick was a stopgap measure for Kelly this year in his first season. The experiment has failed, it’s time to move on.