Reid will likely face that crossroads this week. Vick is nearing a return from concussion and he surely wants to play out the card to prove that he isn't brittle and that the season's failure was his fault.
But Foles, no matter how poor he has looked in more than 11 quarters of play, must play out the string. Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman need to see if the rookie can resemble anything close to a franchise quarterback. If not, they will be forced to look elsewhere — the draft, San Francisco?, Seattle?, back at Vick? — for a starting quarterback in 2013.
While the Eagles are at it, they should bench defensive end Jason Babin and start Brandon Graham. They should give Nnamdi Asomugha a rest and allow Curtis Marsh to start at cornerback. Is Marsh any good? Who knows? But now is the time to find out.
Bryce Brown was thrilling on Monday night. There aren't many running backs in the league with that kind of power and speed. (Of course, there aren't as many as careless with the football.) But there's talent there. The Eagles should take their time getting LeSean McCoy back from a concussion and allow Brown to play as much as he can.
Reid has always made these decisions before. But the time has come to relieve the coach of any major decisions, if not his job.
If Reid objects, then Lurie has his reason to fire the coach.
Reid knows it's coming at this point. He's been a defeated man at the last few Monday news conferences. He's lost his compass.
As he walked the sideline Monday night before the game, he stopped quickly and turned around. It was almost as if he thought someone was on his back.
The weight of the Eagles has been on his back for 14 years. It's time for Lurie to relieve him on that burden.