Michael Vick: Should He Be the Eagles' Starting Quarterback?

Alec BeckmanContributor IIISeptember 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles substitutes with team mate Kevin Kolb #4 against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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In Philadelphia’s season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers, Michael Vick nearly saved the day, after starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion.  Vick was extremely impressive running for 103 yards and passing for 175 yards and a touchdown.  There was no doubt that Vick was by far the better quarterback, compared to Kolb’s 5-for-10, 24-yard game.  Kolb’s performance was disappointing at the least, but those who keep calling for Vick may want to give Kevin Kolb another chance. 

            For starters, you’re taking a quarterback in his first year as a starter, with a sub-par offensive line and saying that he shouldn’t play after one half of terrible team football, against one of the best teams in the NFL.  The Eagles have invested an incredible amount on Kolb (financial and emotion-wise), and to throw that all away in half a game seems imprudent.  Kevin Kolb may or may not be this team’s savior, but you must give him a chance to mold together with this incredibly young team. 

            The game plan built around Kolb was not ideal to face a team that was blitzing and putting pressure on him all half.  Kolb was called to throw more times than run the ball, which would have given him an advantage.  Running the ball would’ve taken much of the pressure off of Kolb, especially since LeSean McCoy averaged five yards per rush.  McCoy had a total of seven carries.  Those are numbers for a backup RB.  McCoy should have about 20-25 touches per game based on the way he was running.  Also, Kolb was told to take many five and seven step drop backs, which took away some time to throw.  A three step drop, would probably have been much more effective. 

            Now this is not an excuse for Kolb’s performance. He made many mistakes such as always looking down his primary receiver, and expecting pressure when there was little to none.  His receivers didn’t do him favors either, struggling to get off the line.  Kevin Kolb has much to learn about the game, but that learning comes with experience. 

            Michael Vick did have a terrific game, showing his old speed and did well in the pocket, but there are things to keep in mind.  For instance, the Green Bay Packers game planned against a pocket present guy in Kolb.  Kolb’s lack of mobility is the exact opposite of the speedy and quick Vick, who threw off the whole Packers defense after coming into the game.  This week, with Kolb failing his health test, Vick will get to play against a mediocre defense in the Detroit Lions. Lets see what he can do against a real game plan focused primarily on him before you make unwarranted assumptions.