Michael Vick: Should He Be Starting For The Eagles Instead of Kevin Kolb?
There was one big bright spot in the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Green Bay Packers: the play of quarterback Michael Vick.
On the day, Vick completed 16 of his 24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 103 yards and evaded the Packer rush multiple times to gain nice yardage through the ground. Most importantly, he gave the Eagles a spark on offense that was missing during the first half, in which the Eagle offense was pitiful.
Kevin Kolb was the starter for the Eagles, but he suffered a concussion late in the second quarter and did not play in the second half. When he did play, he didn't look good at all, completing just 5 of 10 passes for 24 yards. Vick saw some action in the first half in certain situations, but after halftime was when he really shined.
Since the day Donovan McNabb was traded, Andy Reid has stuck with Kolb as his starter through thick and thin, and has said in his post-game press conference that Kolb will be his starter next Sunday if he is healthy.
Fine, but the question has to be asked: Should Vick be starting instead?
Vick looked and played the way he did in Atlanta and seems to have shaken off the rust that he had last season. He gave the Eagle offense a new identity, as he kept plays alive with his feet numerous times, something Kolb was not able to do in the first half. With the Eagle offensive line struggling, Vick might be a better option due to his superb speed and athleticism.
He also looked solid throwing the ball, but it must be noted that he did make some mistakes today, the most notable of which came late in the fourth quarter, in the red zone, with the Eagles down by 10 and driving.
Vick avoided yet another sack and looked to have room to run in for a touchdown that would've pulled the Birds within four, but he forced a pass to DeSean Jackson and the pass was tipped incomplete.If the throw had arrived a second earlier when Jackson was open it would have been six, but the Eagles but since Jackson was covered the Eagles were forced to kick a field goal to make the score 27-20.
However, one has to give Vick a considerable amount of credit in leading the Eagles back to make it a game...and after that performance, Coach Reid has to at least be considering starting Vick next week in Detroit.
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