Michael Vick and the Eagles have played two preseason games thus far in the 2010 season, going 1-1. Vick has made brief appearances in both, and has not shown anyone that he is ready to play, even as a back-up.
I admit it, I have a column about why Vick should start over Kevin Kolb, and I am slowly starting to change my opinion. Kolb may be young, but as of now, I feel much more comfortable with him starting, over Vick. Vick has not only been making poor decisions throwing the ball, but also he seems to be having difficulty locating his teammates for help and finding team chemistry.
In the first pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Vick's stats were:
Total Passing Yards: 119
Number of Times Sacked: 1
Total Interceptions: 1
Total Passing Touchdowns: 0
Total Rushing Attempts: 6
Total Rushing Yards: 50
Total Rushing Touchdowns: 1
Total Fumbles: 2
At first glance these stats don't look so bad. However, in reality, giving up two turnovers in the short time Vick was playing is just unacceptable. Two turnovers in a preseason game is not helping Vick, who is crying for a starting role. On top of the turnovers, Vick is having trouble finding any form of team chemistry, and without team chemistry you can't win. The Eagles did end up winning the game, 28-27, mainly due to the Kolb led offense.
Vick's second game against the Cincinnati Bengals was bad. His stats were:
Total Passing Yards: 6
Number of Times Sacked: 3
Total Interceptions: 2
Total Passing Touchdowns: 0
Total Rushing Attempts: 3
Total Rushing Yards: 34
Total Rushing Touchdowns: 0
Total Fumbles: 0
As stated before, not good. The Eagles in this game just didn't seem to be clicking, and that holds true for Vick. Another two turnover game, in which he barely even played, which means Vick has a total of four turnovers in two games. The three sacks are just sad, seeing how Vick is a scrambling QB, there is really just no excuse for his performance. The sacks were definitely not all Vick's fault as the offensive line performed poorly through the entire game. The Eagles lost the game against the Bengals, 9-22.
Vick desperately needs to turn his performance around or he could see himself getting less and less snaps as the seasons goes on. The wildcat, which should be Vick's specialty could be dead on the Eagles, considering he fumbled twice in one game. Let's hope that Kolb can be consistent at QB this season, because looking down the depth chart is nothing better. Behind Vick we have Mike Kafka, which so far this season is still a big question mark. Having little playing time and being a rookie is not a good combination, and that is the exact situation Kafka is in. Unless Vick turns his play around we could have to rely entirely on Kolb, which is extra pressure the young player just does not need.
Next week the Eagles take on the Chiefs, this should be a great opportunity for Vick to improve his play, and hopefully get back on the right track.