With electric Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick struggling badly with turnovers, insatiable critics and myopic fans continue urging head coach Andy Reid to hand the ball to unproven rookie Nick Foles.
The 6-foot, 215 pound Vick, who has thrown 114 touchdowns, in comparison to 78 interceptions, for 18, 817 yards since the Atlanta Falcons took him first overall out of Virginia Tech in the 2001 NFL Draft, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2010.
Vick, the winner of the Best NFL Player ESPY Award in 2003 who has also scrambled for 34 scores in his career, has tossed a mere 3 touchdowns, in contrast to six picks, for 905 yards and a paltry 66.2 QB rating in the Eagles (2-1) three games to date.
Granted, the financially bankrupt mastermind of Bad Newz Kennels, the All-time NFL leading rusher for quarterbacks with 5,300 yards, has performed porously this September on the gridiron.
Nevertheless, provided the 32-year-old Vick remains relatively healthy, the freakish athlete will undoubtedly soon shine and play to his capabilities.
For onlookers to suggest that the 54-year-old Reid, who has gone 138-91-1, captured six division titles and appeared in five NFC championship games in his 13 seasons on the sidelines in Philly, should insert Foles as a starter to improve the offense is comical.
Reid, who owns the 11th highest winning percentage in history and was voted the 2000 Sporting News Coach of Year and 2002 AP Coach of the Year, has been granted an extremely talented roster.
Hence, the Eagles are facing deservedly lofty expectations and Reid needs Vick to excel.
Nick Foles is simply not in the same class as Vick and the six-foot-six, 243 pound youngster looks best holding a clipboard on the bench.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the only chance the Eagles have to even compete for their first championship since 1960 rests on the legs and left arm of Michael Vick.by