Philly's New Era: Eagles Vs Phillies--Kevin Kolb Vs Roy Oswalt

Vincent HeckCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

Are we sure it's the Kevin Kolb Era?
Are we sure it's the Kevin Kolb Era?Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The comparison between the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies will not go away. The Eagles seem to take on a role of a President who promised so much on a campaign, but never came through in the White House.  While, the Phillies take the role of a Prophet who came and healed the sick.

It's only natural to feel the way you do. Go ahead -- vent.

We can't help but to be annoyed, upset, or aggravated with the correlation of the two teams and yesterday was no exception to those feelings. The differences are becoming more glaringly apparent.

Yesterday we saw two Philadelphia franchises that have made moves for this season’s championship campaign and while it's still early for the Eagles, the jury is still out on the new "Kevin Kolb era."

Kolb's debut started with a Michael Vick appearance, first play, that was a total bust, followed by awkward flip-flops back and forth between Kolb and Vick ending in a quick three and out to begin the game.

This flip-flopping was certainly peculiar, because you'd think if a team is breaking into "a new era" they'd let that quarterback get into a rhythm.

He never did.

The decision to go with Kolb, I’ve always thought, certainly was a bold one—so bold, it leaves me question if it actually was a bold move in the first place.


Kolb was 5 - 10 throwing for 24 yards pressured almost every down, and struggling to find comfort in the phantom pocket, he was driven, head first, into the ground by Clay Matthews at the end of the second quarter.

Mike Vick, who obviously has been considered as a legit possibility in this teams future came in and further jeopardized the start of this Kevin Kolb era, dodging the pressure and throwing 16 of 24, for 175 passing yards and 103 rushing yards.

It seemed as if Vick's ability to move around would compensate for the colossal failure at front line.

After the game, players like Brent Celek and DeSean Jackson said the turnaround had to do with the team coming together.

If it's not enough that Michael Vick over shadowed Kolb's debut, the man who Kolb replaced, Donovan McNabb, had a pretty solid day as well, looking as precise as he ever has.

McNabb beat the Dallas Cowboys throwing, a pedestrian, 15 of 32, for 121 passing yards.

Meanwhile, up I-95 in New York City, the new favorites in town were benefiting from a decision made which may prove to have put them in position to do very special things.

The Philadelphia Phillies surged back into first place with Roy Oswalt throwing a complete game shutout on the New York Mets.

Oswalt only allowed four hits with six strike outs, leading the Phillies to their 18th shut out of the year. That number is the most they've had since 1965, and only the 11th time in history they have pulled this feat off.

It seems, these days, the blunders of the Phillies have been covered over by a trophy, rings, a parade, and consecutive pennant races.

If only the Eagles could accomplish that.

But, that may be on hold because the Eagles have entered into a new era—what era have they entered into? Despite the lip service Andy Reid may hand out, I think that has become a bit foggier.

The facts are, a franchise does what's in the best interest of the team, and Michael Vick has put in a very strong case that the new era is him.