The Michael Vick experience is officially over.
Who's ready for Nick Foles? Andy Reid made it clear when Michael Vick was first injured that he was starting quarterback once healthy. Vick has been cleared to play by team doctors, and he is not the starting quarterback.
The Eagles have essentially moved on from the Reid-Vick regime and decided to look at what they have for the future. Quite a few lockers will be cleaned out at the end of this season with the biggest disappointment coming from number 7.
The Eagles thought they had their franchise quarterback when Michael Vick erupted on the scene and tore up the league two short seasons ago. He seemed to be a whole new quarterback and a new person. Gone was the run-first quarterback as Vick had seemingly evolved into a pocket passing quarterback.
Two years later, new Vick old problems.
He was brittle through out much of the season (although he got no help from his pathetic offensive line) and suffered numerous injuries throughout the season. It seemed like every time was hit, or fell to the floor he would reach for a body part wincing. It seemed inevitable that Vick would end up hurt and out
for a few games sooner or later, and of course it happened sooner rather than later.
Even when he was on the field Vick was pretty mediocre at best. When the game was at it's highest Vick's game was not. In the fourth quarter this season he had a 55.6 completion percentage with a 79.6 passer rating. In overtime he has a 39.6 passer rating. On the road he has 53.7 completion percentage, 5 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, and a 69.2 passer rating.
Interestingly enough it seems like Vick plays better when the Eagles are actually trailing. He has a 87.7 passer rating when behind and 90.9 when down by 9-16 points. But interestingly enough that number drop to 42.2 the Eagles are ahead. He throws twice as many interceptions when they are ahead and seven times more touch downs when they are behind.
This is simply unacceptable for someone who receive a 100 million dollar contract. This is in-fact unacceptable for any quarterback, never mind one with the expectations Vick has.
Andy Reid's decision to start a young Nick Foles over a healthy Michael Vick marks the end of Vick in Philadelphia.
Many other Eagles *cough* Nnamdi Asomugha *cough* have also failed to live up to expectations and will likely face the fait former teammate Jason Babin faced. The Eagles will have a new quarterback, new coach, new look next year.
Not many things are certain right now in the city of brotherly love, but Vick's departure is one of them.