It appears Michael Vick is more patient and mature in his handling of who’s starting at quarterback. Plus, this will help his long-term future moving forward with his new team in 2011. However, his trials and tribulations force him to become more introspective.
Kevin Kolb is the Eagles’ organization “future” even though he wasn’t a first round draft choice, and thus far he has more interceptions than touchdowns.
Kolb didn’t force McNabb out, but McNabb unwillingness to sign an extension forced the Eagles’ metaphorical hand and the organization pushed their all-time great QB out the door to division-rival Washington.
Kolb’s time on the field has been generally uneventful which led to one win in the 2009 season over defensive-challenged Kansas City while McNabb was injured. Andy Reid has built up equity as a NFL coach mainly due to the success of McNabb, but when he said Kolb is his guy, the local media has continued to remind Reid of that ‘promise’ to Kolb.
Even Yahoo’s Jason Cole says that the Eagles should see what they have with Kevin Kolb. The short answer is that we have seen enough for this year. Kolb was unimpressive during the pre-season in four games as the first-team starter and didn’t even lead a touchdown scoring drive.
Against the Packers’ defense at home in Philly, he was prone to mistakes and got concussed.
Why was Kolb given a 12 million dollar contract in the first place? Vick is a three-time Pro Bowl QB who has been to a NFC Championship game, and the Eagles are trying to push off Kolb as the next Brett Favre?
Andy Reid is still praising Kolb and promoting that he is the future.
“Listen, I know I’m in the business where I can’t please everybody,” Reid said during his day-after-game news conference. “That’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to make a decision that I think is right for the team. I will tell you that I think it’s a beautiful situation. I look at it a lot different than other people look at it. I’ve got two quarterbacks that can play.”
Actually, one quarterback can play-Michael Vick. Last week’s win against the Lions improves his record as a starter to 39-28-1. The other quarterback that could play-Donavon McNabb-is gone.
Reid did sign an extension last year, but once Vick leaves, one could say the Eagles are rebuilding. How long will Andy Reid last after Vick leaves after this year? The defense is not as good as it had been in previous years, special teams coverage is shaky and the offensive line is shakier.
Vick was sacked six times against the Lions. If that was Kolb, it may have resembled the time when McNabb got sacked 12 times by the Osi Umenyiora-led New York Giants’ defense a few years ago.
Despite the sacks, the Eagles still won, 35-32. The last time an Eagle quarterback was able to overcome that many sacks to win a game was Randall Cunningham in 1992 against the Seahawks.
Last year’s signing of Michael Vick was a surprise to almost everyone and many accepted Vick’s limited role along with the expectation that Vick would be traded in the 2010 offseason.
Vick even expected to be traded, but it didn’t happen. Vick was disappointed, but knew he was still under contract.
If the Eagles’ commitment to Kolb was so strong that the organization gave the unproven fourth-year player a 12 million dollar contract, then why keep Vick?
The Eagles could have brought in a veteran like Jeff Garcia or maybe traded for Shaun Hill who had been with San Francisco.
Jerry Glanville, former coach of the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons had a famous saying while he was coaching in the 1980’s and 1990’s: NFL means NOT FOR LONG.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been used to success and making the playoffs for over a decade under the leadership of Andy Reid and the now-departed Donovan McNabb.
However, it appears the Eagles are on the verge of becoming a second-tier team in the NFC East if the organization isn’t careful.
Vick is not likely to be traded in the middle of the season, because Kolb is still a mystery. Plus, it would send a sign to Eagles’ fans that they are rebuilding as if they were the Buffalo Bills or Detroit Lions who haven’t made the playoffs for more than decade.
Right now, Vick is in the driver’s seat whether he starts or is the backup.
Vick is a free agent at year’s end and it will be the first time in his professional career that he has a choice in where he wants to go.
There will be several teams such as San Francisco, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Denver, Minnesota, Arizona and even Oakland who will likely court Vick, even at 31 years old.
Philly had their chance and chose Kolb over Vick, and for better or worse, this decision will affect the Eagles for years to come after Vick leaves.