Does Michael Vick Deserve To Be Benched Right Now?
Michael Vick thought the 2012-13 NFL season was going to go much differently than it has. Earlier this year, he was talking about establishing a “dynasty” in Philadelphia. He thought that, after the struggles that plagued Philly last season, the Philadelphia Eagles were going to win the NFC East, make a deep run into the playoffs, and walk away with a Super Bowl victory in February. However, instead of enjoying success this season, Vick and the Eagles have struggled mightily and gotten off to a 3-4 start. And, with the season seemingly hanging in the balance, Vick’s job is now on the line with Eagles head coach Andy Reid considering a change at the quarterback position.
“Obviously, he’s thinking about making a change at the quarterback position,” Vick admitted yesterday. “The thing I do know, and I’ll go watch the film and I’ll evaluate myself, is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win.”
On Sunday against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, Vick actually did that. He only passed for 191 yards and a touchdown, but he didn’t turn the ball over at all. But, look a little deeper and it’s easy to see why Vick probably deserves to be benched right now.
For starters, Vick doesn’t appear to be inspiring his teammates like an NFL quarterback should. Instead of leading his guys and encouraging them, he is the one who looks like he need to be encouraged out on the football field. He’s been careless with the ball at times. He’s missed a good number of easy throws. And, he just doesn’t look like he’s on the same page with any of his wide receivers. As a result, the Eagles offense has looked stagnant for the last month or so.
Secondly, Vick is owed a ton of money at the end of this season. Thanks to the six-year, $100 million deal that the Eagles gave Vick last year, they’re going to be committed to him financially after this season. So, they essentially need to start making a decision now. They either need to commit to Vick (and his turnovers!) for the long-term—or give rookie backup Nick Foles the ball and let him start to get comfortable with the offense so that he can become the starter next season.
And, lastly, Coach Reid’s job is likely on the line right now. He needs to finish off the season on a high note, or else he will likely be fired. And, as of right now, Vick isn’t doing the things that are necessary to win football games. So, unless Reid is ready to wave the white flag, he needs to take a long look at whether or not he thinks Vick is going to be able to lead this team to the playoffs. If he does think that he can do it, then Vick will likely remain the starter. But, if he doesn’t think Vick is capable, he needs to make a move now before it’s too late. It’ll be interesting to see which direction he decides to go.