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Is Michael Vick’s starting job in jeopardy?

09/24/2012 at 1:55 pm By

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Philadelphia Eagles starting QB Michael Vick has been atrocious this season, for lack of a better term. Despite the Eagles current 2-1 record, Vick’s poor play and tendency of turnovers has put them at risk to lose more games than win them.

So far this season, Vick has 9 turnovers (6 interceptions, 3 lost fumbles) and only 3 touchdowns. Vick’s play has raised questions about whether he is the Eagles long-term solution, which Andy Reid addressed to the Philadelphia Inquirer Monday afternoon:

“Right now, we’re with Michael and that’s what we’re doing,” Reid said Monday after the Eagles’ 27-6 loss at Arizona. “We’ll evaluate it as we go.”

Reid was later asked Monday if he needed to give rookie backup Nick Foles more snaps in practice because Vick has been taking too many hits and is seemingly only more blow away from another serious injury.

“No, not right now,” he said.

Vick was unsuccessful leading the Eagles offense Sunday, completing only 17 of his 37 pass attempts for 217 yards and two fumbles. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles is waiting in the wings if Vick was to pulled and played well during the preseason. To his credit, Vick has received little help from his offensive line and been under constant pressure so far this season.

The Eagles came into the season again with high expectations and immediate pressure to produce but their play has been spotty all season, with Vick being the centerpiece of criticism. His 66.3 quarterback rating ranks towards the bottom of the league.

Vick has a high price tage due to the large $80 million contract he signed in 2011 ($32.5 mil which is guaranteed).

The Eagles face the Giants and their excellent pass rush Sunday night. If Vick’s poor play continues, Reid may have no other choice but to sit him in favor of Foles in an effort to safe his own job as Eagles head coach.

-ALR

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