Sunday in Arizona, the turnovers that have plagued the Philadelphia Eagles this season finally caught up to them as they were crushed by the Arizona Cardinals by a final score of 27-3. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was thoroughly outplayed by former Eagles backup Kevin Kolb. Vick was pressured all day by the Arizona defense and never looked comfortable in the offense. The Eagles were down 17 points late in the first half but threatening to score as they were inside the Arizona five yard line. Vick dropped back to pass, held the football a bit too long and took a vicious hit by safety Kerry Rhodes. Vick fumbled the football, which was scooped up by James Sanders who returned it 93 yards for a touchdown that putting Arizona ahead 24-0.
A lack of protection hampered Vick and the Eagles on Sunday. The Arizona defense, which has now proven to be an elite defense this season, sacked Vick five times and had him running for his life most of the afternoon. Vick finished the game going a poor 17-37 for 217 yards and no touchdowns.
This is certainly not the Michael Vick and company that Philadelphia Eagles fans were expecting this season. The Eagles have played far below their potential in two of their three games and are fortunate to be 2-1 heading into a big divisional matchup with the New York Giants. Whether it is the play calling, protection, or dare I say it, Quarterback, something must change for the Eagles if they hope to make this season a playoff bound season.
There is no one thing that the eagles, or any team for that matter, can do to win games. But why the Eagles have failed to feed LeSean McCoy the football is beyond comprehension. Giving McCoy more touches will take pressure off of Michal Vick who has had is share of issues running the offense. In Sunday’s game McCoy carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards. A talent like McCoy should easily be getting 20-25 touches a game at the minimum. He can clearly make things happen and handing the ball to McCoy ensures that Vick isn’t taking the pounding we have seen him endure in the Eagles first three games.
Some have questioned whether time is running slim for Michael Vick as the Eagles quarterback. Head coach Any Reid made it clear that Vick was the guy in Philly but that he too (Vick) would be evaluated. Reid has no margin for failure this season. He knows that if the Eagles fail to make the playoffs, he will likely be out of a job. With Rookie quarterback Nick Foles having played well in the preseason and Vick struggling, a change could be closer then we think.
The Eagles are still 2-1 on the season and are far from panicking. They can get back on track with a win Sunday at night, at home, against the Giants. Vick will have to play well and take care of the ball for the Eagles in this game, another sub par performance filled with turnovers and poor decisions could ultimately seal Vicks fate as the Eagles starting quarterback.
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Written by Tito Javier
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