The Philadelphia Eagles have had a quarterback situation that could not have been scripted better, since the first week of the 2010 NFL season, Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion and the Kolb-Era ended with as much hype as what it began with. Michael Vick stepped in, and from the moment he dropped back in that pocket and started firing those passes like missile-guided rockets, and then scrambling out of the pocket and keeping plays alive, Andy Reid had made up his mind.
Philadelphia’s season concluded with Vick being a potential MVP candidate, and the Eagles’ second consecutive one-and-done loss in the postseason to the Green Bay Packers. That loss was handed to the Eagles even with Vick under center. Even with the redemption season in full-swing, and all of the momentum of having home field advantage in Philadelphia, the Eagles still lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The Eagles have made it clear that they have intentions to resign Vick, and more than likely to a long-term deal. To make the deal even better for Vick, the Eagles organization is going to throw everything and then a few more million to make sure they lock him in. Reid and the Eagles are salivating at the thought of signing Vick to a five year deal, and then pulling a ‘New England’ and winning a series of Super Bowls.
I’m here to propose something new: Do not sign Vick, and hold back from trading Kolb.
Trust me, I love Vick. I think he is the most electrifying player in the NFL. I even think that he has the chance to win a Super Bowl before he decides to hang up the cleats. I’d even venture to say that Vick could snag that MVP award before he reitres. I just don’t think it should be with the Eagles.
Philadelphia has Kolb sitting around waiting to be traded. Just a season ago he was the future of the Eagles, and had nothing but the sky as his limit on Reid’s west coast offense. Sure, he looked rough around the edges last season when he had his brief four week stint to try and prove his worth as a starter again, but imagine what was going through his head. He was screwed by the system.
Kolb was injured and he lost his starting role because of it? That’s hardly fair at all. Reid didn’t even give him a second chance. Keep in mind that Reid double-crossed on his promises and named Vick the starter, even after promising Kolb his job was safe. How would you perform after your head coach lied straight up to you?
At this point, most of you are thinking I have something against Vick. Well, I don’t. I really don’t. That is a lame excuse for fans that are one-sided and can’tactually see what the Eagles have in their hands, and what the future could hold. I’m not talking about Vick carrying the Eagles on his back to the Lombardi Trophy, but Kolb leading this young and energetic team to the top of the NFL.
The trade offers that have been floating around for Kolb have been good. The idea of getting a second round pick and also Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie is enough for me to do backflips down Market Street. But there is a reason rumors are called rumors. The Cardinals would be literally insane to give up DRC and then a second round pick. Even if Kolb is the answer to their franchise, they would be throwing their defense, and even next seasons draft under the bus. The most likely option is just a straight first round pick for Kolb.
Philadelphia needs to ask themselves one question- Is a first round pick better than a potential franchise quarterback that can secure the Eagles a better shot at winning the Super Bowl?
I think that Vick has done what he needed to do. He has revived his career, and has established himself as an NFL quarterback and not a one-trick running back. The Eagles gave Vick his shot, and he excelled, but ultimately fell short. Philadelphia has been that ‘on the brink’ team for the past 10 seasons. We’ve been through McNabb and we’ve been through Vick, and neither has won the big game.
Isn’t it time to give the original plan a shot?
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