By Justin Emery
At the end of training camp the Eagles were a favorite to make the playoffs and possible Super Bowl contender after an abysmal 2011 season. The Eagles record after six games is 3-3 and but the record does not tell the story of this year’s version of the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick is responsible for eight interceptions and an NFL-leading six fumbles, and has earned the nickname ‘The Walking Turnover’.
A quarterback’s number one priority is to not turn the ball over, which Vick has done eleven times in five games and has taken a beating along the way. At this point in the season is when teams begin to see what they are going to develop into and it is clear that Vick has not been able to develop into the quarterback we saw in 2010 and reverted back to his old ways in Atlanta.
Vick is not the only one to blame for the offense’s lackluster start though, coach Andy Reid could be considered suspect and are not tailored to Vick’s strengths, combined with an injury-depleted offensive line these are having serious impacts on Vick’s play. As he has always done in the past he is trying to use athletic ability to make up for those short comings and in doing that is being reckless with the football and handing it over to the defense too often.
Vick is a great story of redemption and an example that every person deserves a second chance but his play at quarterback has become a liability for the team and is starting to effect teammates. LeSean McCoy commented on the turnovers after the Steelers game saying that this was another game “Where they came back to haunt us late in the game.” Reid is facing a contract year and possibly his final year as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he needs to take a serious look at Vick and begin to make changes on the offense to help him, or make the change at quarterback itself.