Benching Michael Vick wouldn't solve Philly's problems

      October 31, 2012 @ 17:13:08 PDT

The Philadelphia Eagles would be stupid to make the change from Michael Vick to rookie Nick Foles while still being in the playoff hunt.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Shouldn't be on the chopping block

I am hardly a Vick apologist, but coming off a turnover-free game against the only undefeated team in the league should buy him more than what I expect has become a one-week trial against the New Orleans Saints.

Vick cannot pass protect, he cannot play defense, particularly cornerback, and he cannot hand off the ball to himself 20 times per game. LeSean McCoy is Philadelphia's most dangerous weapon and needs to be featured like it. The Eagles must run the football more. Period.

No. 7 will have his ups and downs. He hasn't been faultless this season by any stretch of the imagination. However, the fact that a blowout loss to the league's best team in the win-loss column had led to Andy Reid doing some soul searching over which passer should be the starting quarterback is laughable.

I fully expect Vick to have a huge game this week, even on the road. Artificial turf is his friend, he has experience playing in New Orleans, and the veteran passer could find himself in a shootout with Drew Brees.

Foles will have a fine NFL career, but the time hasn't come yet - and rightfully so. Vick is still a dynamic, explosive playmaker, and Reid would be signing his own pink slip by turning away from him until Philly is completely out of the mix for a playoff spot.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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