Nick Foles had a terrific performance yesterday against the Bucs. That immediately got the question going…who should be the QB…Foles or Vick?
Some people are comparing this situation to 2010, when Vick “stole” the job from Kevin Kolb after playing lights out in a couple of games. Could Vick fall victim to the same situation that actually made him the starter? There are some differences.
Kolb hadn’t played particularly well in the 2010 preseason and then he struggled in the Green Bay game before getting knocked out by
Casey Clay Matthews. Vick took over and played great in that game and the following week.
Reid replaced Kolb with someone who was more physically gifted. He replaced Kolb with someone who was more experienced. Kolb was all about the future. Vick was all about the present, but he was just 30 so you knew he had a few more years. He also hadn’t been hurt in a long time so durability wasn’t a question.
Chip Kelly has a more complicated situation. Between Vick and Foles, Vick is the more physically gifted player. Between them, Vick is the more experienced player.
The big argument for Foles is that he is young and could be the QB of the future. Why not go ahead and give that guy the job?
That is logical, but you have to look at the big picture. Foles and Vick battled this summer. Vick outplayed him and won the job. Vick has played reasonably well this season. The offense bogged down vs KC, but that’s a great defense right now. The offense had scored 20 or more points in the other games. The offense had 430 or more yards in all games.
I get the idea to bench Vick and go with the young guy. There is definite logic in that. I don’t think you make that decision right now. I think you play Foles this week, assuming Vick won’t be back at 100 percent. At that point you would have 2.5 games worth of Foles to evaluate. You would have 4.5 games of Vick. You would have a more clear picture of who should start.
While Vick earned the job this summer, he didn’t get it forever. Vick didn’t struggle to the point where you needed to bench him. But in getting hurt, he opened the door for Foles to get on the field. Once that happens, you can’t ignore Foles performance.
Foles has a rating of 127.9 right now. He’s got 6 TDs and no INTs. Those are great numbers. Vick has a rating of 90.6. He’s got 5 TDs and 2 INTs. Those are good numbers.
Foles has benefited from playing against a pair of teams that don’t rush the passer well. San Diego didn’t either and Vick lit them up, throwing for 428 yards.
Dallas does a good job of rushing the passer so that will be a good test for Foles.
If Foles continues to put up great numbers, you have to play him. At that point, he’d have won the job. The situation becomes a lot more difficult if Foles struggles or even puts up solid numbers. That’s when you have to balance a lot of factors and make a tough decision.
I think we need to see what happens this week before we make any firm decisions.
This is a good situation. There are quite a few teams who don’t have any good QBs.
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I didn’t realize this until looking over the numbers late last night. Foles was great in the 2nd half. Check out these numbers.
6 for 7 – 145 yards – 2 TDs
Those are kinda decent, huh?