Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/6/12
We've seen it long enough and some of us are sick. Andy Reid and his commitment to Michael Vick is not only dumbfounding, it has cost the Philadelphia Eagles their season.Throughout the first six games, it seemed Vick did everything in his power to spell the Eagles' demise.The Eagles could have lost every game but somehow Philadelphia managed to crawl into their bye week with a 3-3 record, despite being outscored by opponents, 125-103.At the time, Vick led the NFL in turnovers with 17 but is it really his fault?Vick is undersized and will turn 33 in June and he has taken many trips to the wood shed during his career.For years the super athletic freak Vick was a marked man and his body took its fair share of beatings. And for 18 months he was locked behind bars in federal prison, not having access to the cutting edge equipment NFL football personnel benefit from.His story of vindication after serving his prison sentence and staying committed to making a difference is exemplary. He is the only athlete in NFL history to sign two different $100M contracts but has his sun finally set?Andy Reid foresaw this happening. He drafted Arizona Quarterback Nick Foles in the 3rd round of this year’s Draft, a player many expected to go much higher. The player Reid secretly coveted in the draft fell unto his lap.During the Eagles’ bye week, he knew he had to bench Vick. He even went as far to say during their bye week press conference that “every position would be analyzed." After their Week 7 lost to the Atlanta Falcons, Reid again hinted at a change under center.So on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, witnessed by all, Reid made the dumbest decision in his career: he started Vick. During the next 3 hours, Reid may have regretted every minute of his decision.Vick, the 2012 version, lived up to his reputation, a lost fumble and an interception returned 99 yards for a touchdown. The four times they drove into the red zone, they could only tally two field goals and two turnovers.Playing against one of the worst defenses in all the NFL, Philadelphia only managed a measly 13 points. Philadelphia was shut out in the first and fourth quarter, while Vick was sacked seven times, which tied his career high.The defense, which gave up an average of 20.8 points a game under former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, surrendered 28 points. Since new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has taken over the Eagles' defense, it has allowed 29 points per game. It seems that Philadelphia’s problems continue to pile up, most of them at the feet of Andy Reid. Reid is a good coach, team builder and thoroughly responsible for bringing Philadelphia back to relevancy. The City of Brotherly Love is forever indebted to Reid.Vick is a one of a kind talent that we may not see for a while in the NFL. His speed is unrivaled by everyone who has lined up under center and He can throw 60-yard bombs with a flick of his wrist. His transformation is a testament to how people can change.Philadelphia fans have enjoyed having both men as part of the Eagles’ franchise but that enjoyment has turned into anger.People are marching down Broad Street towards Lincoln Financial Field with torches and pitchforks, clamoring for the Eagles’ brass to give up Reid and Vick. I would join them but I think I’m getting sick again.
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