Kevin Kolb failed concussion testing Wednesday, meaning Michael Vick could start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Kolb suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Eagles’ game against the Green Bay Packers just last Sunday. Now it seems that he might not be ready to head back to the field, and that would finally give Vick the starting job for these Eagles. At this point it just seems like posturing going on with Eagles coach Andy Reid because, if Kolb can’t even pass concussion tests on Wednesday, then they should not be rushing him back to play in Sunday’s game.
Michael Vick still has a long way to go in order to clean up his reputation in the NFL, but the flashes of talent he showed on the field against the Packers may have Eagles fans ready to turn the page with him. Kevin Kolb was supposed to be the answer for the Eagles this year, and because they still had Kolb on the roster, they traded away Donovan McNabb for a draft pick. It wasn’t a trade that seemed to really help the Eagles, but the front office in Philadelphia has seemed sold on the fact that Kolb could lead an NFL team. He has yet to prove it, though, and his injury came in a game where he wasn’t even playing very well.
Enter Vick, who faced deficits of 20-3 and 27-10 in the game Sunday, but gave the Eagles a chance to tie the game with about four minutes left. The last drive stalled out, but Vick showed that he is indeed still as talented as he was with the Atlanta Falcons on a football field. Vick rushed for 103 yards and passed for another 175 yards on 16 of 24 passing. He also threw for a touchdown, an engineered drive that got the Eagles back into the game. It almost seems too obvious that Vick is more talented than Kolb, and that if the Eagles truly want to win games, they should be starting Vick.
In the week_2_NFL_schedule the Eagles travel to play the Detroit Lions and another team that has an injured starting quarterback. It would seem that this would be a team to really try out Vick as the starting quarterback in Philadelphia, but even with Kolb seriously injured, Reid has been hesitant to give any praise or support to Vick during the week. The bold print states that Kolb should not start this week, and that he should rest his head, no matter what the game plan for the Eagles might be. If they are intent on not starting Vick, then bring back Kolb when he is ready, but right now Michael Vick needs to be the starting quarterback in Philadelphia.