Prior to the 2012 NFL season I stated that the NFC EAST title would boil down to the play at the quarterback position. This statement was made because outside of the quarterbacks, the teams were not that far off from one another in talent. You might just call it parity, a word that is pretty good in describing the NFL. With the Eagles heading into the bye at 3-3, how accurate were the preseason thoughts and what do the Eagles need to do to compete?
>; Eli Manning 11 touchdowns 5 interceptions 1772 yards, the Giants are in first place and have the best quarterback in the division. They also might just have the best coach, who motivated the Giants to go into San Francisco and man-handle a team who previously outscored their last two opponents by 72 points. A statement game, that should make Philly fans yearn even more for a coaching change.
>;Michael Vick, 8 touchdowns 8 interceptions and 5 lost fumbles. These numbers tell a story that is lying when you look at the standings. The 3-3 Eagles could easily be 1-5 or without the turnovers, be 5-1. Coaching and play calling has also been a big part of why the record is not better.
The preseason NFC prediction made was the Giants in first and the Eagles in second, which is where they are at after six weeks. The quarterback play deciding the division to date and that is likely to continue.
What the Eagles must do when they return from the bye is take the pressure off of Vick, do what they do best, run the ball and quick short passes (implement all the time three-step drops). Coaching is what will decide the division the rest of the way and if these changes are not made, Vick will continue to struggle and turn the ball over resulting in more of the same –losses. Coach Reid, who doesn’t seem to get it from one week to the next is on borrowed time. These are the last 10 games of Reid and Michael Vick in Philadelphia because let’s face it, Reid has a body of work that says change is not in his vocabulary.