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Can Saints get pressure on Vick?

Vick struggles against pressure, but New Orleans lacks pass-rushers

Originally Published: November 5, 2012
By Steve Palazzolo | Pro Football Focus

It might be make-or-break time for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, whose job as starting quarterback could be on the line this week as the Eagles travel to take on the New Orleans Saints on "Monday Night Football." Many experts feel it's only a matter of time before Andy Reid turns to rookie Nick Foles to take Vick's spot, but there's a reason why Foles fell to the end of the third round in the draft. It's not as though he has "franchise quarterback" written all over him.

But the common saying that the "backup quarterback is the most popular player on the roster" is only true when the starter is struggling. And Vick's inconsistent play this season has kept Foles as a very popular name among Eagles fans.

The key to Vick's success will be how he handles the pressure, or lack thereof, from the Saints. He has performed well from a clean pocket this season, but once it gets muddied, he becomes a completely different player. This week looks like a remedy for the situation because the Saints are one of the worst teams in the league at pressuring the quarterback. Their transition in defensive philosophy has left them vulnerable against the pass and they may give Vick just enough time to save his job.

How does Vick perform when pressured?

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