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Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: Will The Nick Foles Era Replace The Michael Vick Era Soon?

By Jason Van Hoven, Posted: 09/11/12 10:35AM EDT
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Michael Vick has passed for 1823 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions through seven games this season. (Photo : Reuters)

Michael Vick didn't play the prettiest game for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, yet he still managed to throw a clutch touchdown with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter to secure a 17-16 win.

Nevertheless, the win most likely didn't do enough to mask the all-too-familiar problems Vick has had since the beginning of last season -- passing too much and failing to read NFL defenses. The 30-year-old threw a career-high 56 passes against the Browns, completing only 29, and threw four interceptions, the most by an Eagles quarterback in a season opener since 1941. All of that effectively negated taking full advantage of the running game with LeSean McCoy, who carried the ball just 20 times.

It's only one game. But, could Eagles fans soon see the beginning of the Nick Foles era?

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That might be contingent on how Vick performs over the next few games. In other words, he'll have to be more accurate and use his feet to either get out of the pocket and pass or scramble to keep the chains moving. More importantly, he'll have to stay healthy and avoid taking unnecessary shots from the oncoming pressure. Overall, the more the Eagles win, the better it will be for Vick's long-term stability as Eagles quarterback.

However, should the Eagles start losing consecutive games or Vick get injured, there may be the quarterback change some have awaited.

There's a reason Foles won the backup job after the preseason. During that time, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 553 yards and six touchdowns with only two picks. In comparison to Vick's numbers as of one game, those numbers speak for themselves.  

Yes, Foles had nine interceptions in his final five college games last year for Arizona. And yes, he had accuracy problems, throwing three picks against Colorado and Washington. But he's looked good in the NFL - good enough to possibly take over for one of the most dynamic quarterback's in the NFL.


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