Just a day after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced quarterback Nick Foles will start the remainder of the season, even if Michael Vick can return from his concussion injury. The Eagles sit at 3-9, losers of eight straight games. As it stands now neither Vick or Reid are expected back for 2013.
“No. 1, I just think he’s playing well enough to where I think he can win football games for us,” Reid said. “And No. 2, I think where we sit at this position in the season, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Foles has actually shown promise in his time this season. Sunday night against the Eagles he threw for 251 yards and a touchdown on 22 of 34 passing. Overall he has thrown forĀ 793 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions with has a passer rating of 73.3. Vick on the other hand struggled this season turning the ball over 14 times in just nine games.
“You see the footwork is better when he’s throwing the football,” Reid said of Foles. “It’s allowing us to add more into his repertoire of throws and he’s been working very hard on that.”
To me there is really no other option here. With the Eagles not even close to the playoff picture, and Vick most likely not returning next season, why not give Foles a shot and see what he is made of. If he performs well, he could even earn the starting job next season. Rumors have it Reid won’t be returning to Philadelphia next year either, but kudos to him for putting the franchise in the best position he can if he were to leave and coaching till the very end.