Michael Vick: Is He Starting Material? Philadelphia's QB Dilemma Heats Up

Troy BallardCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks to the sidelines during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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We all witnessed it. Michael Vick played incredibly well with the Philadelphia Eagles offense against the Green Bay Packers this last Sunday. In the game Kevin Kolb went out of the at the end of the second quarter with a concussion, leaving Vick into start for the rest of the game.

Now, what he didn't expect was for Vick to come in and become an offensive spark that helped the Eagles come within seven points of tying the game. It is also worth noting that the Vick-led offense scored 17 points, while the Kolb-led offense scored only three.

So this begs the question, what does this mean for the Kolb, Reid, and Vick?

Let's get this out of the way to start off with: a concussion is a very serious injury. All Eagles fans know this, because of the Brian Westbrook concussion saga. Most of you who had not watched the game are probably thinking that Kolb had sustained the injury earlier in the first half and that he was trying to play through the pain.

Well, those three points the Eagles scored with Kolb were pre-concussion. Which as an Eagles fan, really makes my heart skip a beat. This may be the Kolb Era now, but there is going to be no "Era" if we are posting three points on the scoreboard each half. But as stated before, concussions are serious and we have no idea the length of time that Kolb could be hitting the bench for.

Now on to the QB controversy. Many seem to be saying that, even though Vick's performance in Sunday's game was admirable (possibly Pro-Bowl material), Reid will still let Kolb take the reigns and develop chemistry with the offense. Before I give you my input on what Reid should do, let's just compare the stats of the two QB's.


Total Attempts/Completions-  5/10
Total Passing Yards- 24
Total Passing Touchdowns- 0
Total Rushing Yards- 1
Number of Times Sacked- 2


Total Attempts/Completions- 16/24
Total Passing Yards- 175
Total Passing Touchdowns- 1
Total Rushing Yards- 103
Number of Times Sacked- 3

Vick played like Vick. This is the type of performance that could lead to Kolb getting his starting role snatched away. The most impressive part about Vick's performance had to be, for the 10th time in his career he was able to rush for 100+ yards.

Now on to what I think Reid should do.

I think Reid should continue to start Kolb, obviously once he recovers from his concussion. Kolb has not really had a fair chance to showcase his ability as the starter in the Eagles offense. I personally do not take his games in the 2009 season to heart, they were against the Chiefs and the Saints. So the fact that Kolb played a team that is "rebuilding" and then the Super Bowl Champions, is just not that great of teams to see how a young QB will do as a starter.

It really might also rely a lot on when Kolb is going to return, if he is out for 3-4 weeks, Reid might just decide to name Vick the starting QB. In the interest of building team unity, you can't have a QB limbo going on.

Really, I am going to trust Reid. If he believes Kolb should be starting than obviously he has a lot of faith in the guy. It is to early to totally disown Kolb, and just have Vick replace him. But I can see if Kolb does not improve, Reid could bounce back to Vick, and this last game is only more proof that Vick can fill in a starting role. Vick showed a huge difference from his poor pre-season performance, and this is a huge help for his "I want a starting role" case.

So in the mean time, let's just sit back and enjoy the fact that the Eagles came dangerously close to tying, and maybe even winning the game against the Packers. Like I have said before, worst case scenario, you flip over to the always successful Phillies and watch them demolish their postseason opponents.