Sunday was supposed to be an encouraging step forward for the Eagles as a team. Michael Vick was going to return as the team’s starting quarterback after missing two and a half games, the Eagles were going to get their first home win in over a year, and most importantly the Eagles were going to get a divisional win, that with a Cowboys loss, would put the Eagles back in a tie for the divisional lead. That was the plan at least.
Instead, the Eagles failed to score an offensive touchdown for the second straight week, Michael Vick left the game in the second quarter after he clearly wasn’t healthy enough to be playing, and Matt Barkley wasn’t able to produce much more offensively as the Eagles fell 15-7 to the Giants, in a game that you really had to fight to keep from falling asleep during.
And as if all that wasn’t bad enough, Michael Vick apparently did more damage to his injured hamstring today.
“I felt the same feeling that I had the first time ,” Vick said. “I don’t think it’s as bad, but it did pop again. … I’ve never had a hamstring injury this bad.”
So not only did Vick prove that he rushed back to get healthy, but by rushing back he set himself back in rehab because even if he wasn’t close to 100 percent today, he must have improved his health after sitting out for two games. All that begs the question, “why was Vick out there today?”
“Once Nick got hurt last week, I just made up my mind that I was going to try to get out there,” Vick said. “I was going to try to rehab as hard as I could all week and try to put myself in a position where I could get back behind the center and help our team win.”
That is the type of answer that you would expect from a player, but if Chip Kelly and the Eagles coaching staff watched Vick practice all week, shouldn’t they have known that he wasn’t healthy and not played him?
“I really can’t say if I should have or shouldn’t have played,” Vick said. “I felt good going in. I felt like I did everything that I was supposed to do to reassure myself that I could go out and play.
“There’s just nothing like actually being in the moment and having to move and having to react. I tested it plenty of times, but there’s no simulation for guys coming at you, going to hit you.”
There might not be anything like playing in a live game, but you could tell after one series that Vick wasn’t healthy today, so I don’t buy that excuse for the Eagles coaching staff. If they knew that neither Vick or Foles was healthy enough to be effective, then they should have put in a game-plan for to utilize Matt Barkley’s skills, a guy who they made a relatively size-able investment in last April, and give the Eagles the best chance to get a divisional win.