Yet he's probably the only quarterback, dead or alive, that could have emerged from these first six games walking upright.
So they can't win without him, either.
Furthermore, the Eagles have been short on safeties ever since allowing Brian Dawkins to walk following their last playoff win way back in the 2008 season.
The NFL isn't MLB. There are no midseason trades out there that can help appreciably.
Besides, it's looking more and more like the glut of players they have at defensive end to possibly use as trade bait are a mirage anyway. Starters Trent Cole and Jason Babin have been borderline awful and definitely a step slow all season, yet rookie Vinny Curry still can't get on the field.
What does all this tell us?
The players just aren't good enough, and the coaches aren't good enough to make them better.
They're stuck with this hand now and they have to play it out. Only everybody knows what they hold.
END OF AN ERA?
The coach-quarterback combination of Andy Reid and Michael Vick appears to have run its course with the Eagles. Dating back to Vick's only Eagles' playoff appearance as a starter in the 2010 season, the team is 11-12, and Vick is 10-10 as a starter, including 3-3 this year. While the Eagles are traditionally strong closers in the regular season, they have not won a playoff game since the 2008 season.