Last Sunday, Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback, Michael Vick, sustained a left hamstring injury in the second quarter of the Birds win over division rival New York Giants. Despite attempts by head coach Chip Kelly to downplay the severity of Vick’s injury, it appears as though the twelve-year veteran could remain sidelined for a little longer than anticipated per Comcast Sportsnet’s Derrick Gunn.
In just a simple sentence Vick confirmed he isn’t 100 percent healthy, and hinted towards his injury potentially keeping him out for more than just this game today against Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Right now, still working to get back to it — get to 100 percent, you know,” Vick explained to Gunn in the report. “So it’s going to be a long road.”
Backup QB Nick Foles will get his first start of the season on Sunday while rookie Matt Barkley will be listed as the teams No. 2 QB. However, even if Foles takes command of this Eagles offense and leads them to a victory on Sunday, there really isn’t much in the form of a QB controversy in Philadelphia.
That is unless two things happen.
Michael Vick is forced to remain on the sideline for an extended period of time.
And if Nick Foles lights it up while he’s in as the starter — for however long that might be.
Vick has been lighting up the stats sheet gaining 1,185 passing yards and adding another 307 yards on the ground. Vick blend of talents has led to a total of seven touchdowns (5 passing, 2 rushing), a total quarterback rating (QBR) of 65.4 and an impressive 90.6 passer rating.
Vick does have three turnovers on the season, one (lost) football and two interceptions.
Nick Foles has an opportunity to continue leaving a lasting image in Chip Kelly’s mind until Vick is capable of returning to the playing field. After stepping in for Vick in week 5, Foles gained 197 passing yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. Foles ended the game with a QBR of 83.0 and a passer rating of 122.4 after completing 16 of 24 pass attempts.
Foles is up against a solid Tampa Bay defense including a stacked secondary with (S) Dashon Goldson and (CB) Darrelle Revis. He will need to make pin-point throws and keep mental lapses in judgement to a minimum. He will need to accurately read what the defense intends of bringing, make changes at the line of needed, and get the ball out quickly. So expect to see a lot of short to intermediate passes on Sunday.
This is Nick Foles opportunity. If he can prove to Chip Kelly he can handle the Eagles offense and put some checkmarks in the win column, it could prove fatal for Vick in Philadelphia. At this point in his career he isn’t getting any younger. And while Vick is a perfect match for what Chip Kelly’s offense requires of a quarterback, he isn’t helping the team by sitting on the sideline.
Vick’s extensive injury concerns throughout his career could now be costing the Eagles games, depending on the play of Foles. But even if Foles does win, how much longer will Chip Kelly deny him a chance to be a starter over a guy who has not completed a full season in seven consecutive seasons, and has only done once in his career?
Here’s a look at the upcoming opponents in the month of October, including two division rival games.
Today vs Bucs