Michael Vick vs. Kevin Kolb and the Top NFL QB Controversies Ever
Michael Vick played himself into a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia's 35-32 win over Detroit Sunday.
Vick completed 21-of-34 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns and added 37 yards rushing as the Eagles racked up 409 yards of total offense against the Lions.
With Kevin Kolb continuing to recover from his concussion, Vick is expected to remain the Eagles' starting quarterback until further notice.
Kolb shouldn't be sidelined much longer, meaning Andy Reid will soon have a big, big decision on his hands.
Elsewhere, quarterback controversies are suddenly springing up in Oakland, Carolina, and Tennessee.
Here's a look at 10 quarterback controversies in NFL history.
No. 10: Troy Aikman Vs. Steve Walsh
Jimmy Johnson had his own way of doing things, and not many people understood the logic behind selecting Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft just weeks after Troy Aikman was selected with the top overall pick out of UCLA.
Aikman won the starting job, but took a beating during his rookie season and failed to register a single win.
Meanwhile, Walsh, who Johnson had coached at Miami, led the Cowboys to their lone win in 1989.
Aikman believed Johnson didn't like him, and some people believed Walsh was acquired merely as a way to test the toughness of the top overall pick.
Apparently, the move worked to perfection.
No. 9: Doug Flutie Vs. Rob Johnson
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After signing Rob Johnson to a big contract, the Bills thought they had landed the quarterback of the future.
The Bills gave up a first- and fourth-round pick to acquire Johnson from the Jaguars, then gave him a $25 million contract.
The wacky Johnson suffered a shoulder injury against the Colts during the 1998 season, opening the door for new backup quarterback Doug Flutie to show what he could do.
Flutie played well and started 15 games while leading the Bills to a playoff berth in 1999, but Wade Phillips made a puzzling decision to re-insert the fragile Johnson against the Titans.
Johnson was sacked six times and struggled and the Bills ended up losing late in what famously became known as the Music City Miracle.
Buffalo hasn't tasted the playoffs since.
No. 8: Vince Young Vs. Kerry Collins
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Could another quarterback controversy be brewing in Nashville?
Vince Young can't seem to shake Kerry Collins, who has worked his way into the lineup with his steady play.
A knee injury to Young early in the 2008 season opened the door for Collins, who played well and helped the Titans post a 13-3 record, wildly exceeding expectations.
Young's offseason depression issues virtually ensured Collins would be the starter in 2009. After the Titans went 0-6 to start the season, they reverted to Young, who played fairly well down the stretch and nearly engineered an unlikely playoff appearance while posting a 7-2 record as a starter.
After his performance in Sunday's surprising home loss to the Steelers, Young could be headed back to the bench.
Despite committing three turnovers Sunday in a horrendous performance, Jeff Fisher said after the game Young remains the starting quarterback.
Time will tell in Tennessee.
No. 7: Michael Vick Vs. Kevin Kolb
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There isn't officially a quarterback controversy in Philly just yet. However, all signs point to it happening, especially if Michael Vick were to play well in another start.
Vick looked calm and collected in Sunday's close win against the Lions, only running when he had to and executing the Eagles' West Coast Offense very effectively.
Andy Reid has stood by Kolb as the team's starting quarterback, which means Vick likely will soon find himself headed to the sideline.
But how long will he stay there?
Even though the Eagles have invested huge money in Kolb, it appears Vick might be more capable of leading the team as presently constructed to success this season.
Kolb might have to wait another year before he really gets the chance to show what he can do.
No. 6: Kurt Warner Vs. Matt Leinart
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Leinart was a heralded youngster who many believed could still play, and Warner was a popular veteran who many believed had finally reached the end of the road.
It didn't quite work out that way.
After getting off to a strong start in the 2006 season, Warner was benched in favor of Leinart but quickly returned to the field and played well after the rookie suffered a shoulder injury in Week 4.
Leinart was named the starter in 2007, but was benched several times before Warner was finally named the starter for the remainder of the season.
Warner was named the Cardinals starter before the 2008 season and threw for over 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading Arizona to the Super Bowl.
Even though Warner struggled mightily during 2009, he remained the best option for the Cardinals.
No. 5: Terry Bradshaw Vs. Joe Gilliam
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Before there was a dynasty in Pittsburgh, there was a quarterback controversy.
Joe Gilliam had a great preseason to secure the starting quarterback job heading into the 1974 season, and got off to a great start.
Meanwhile, Bradshaw struggled with his confidence and stayed on the bench.
Chuck Noll eventually inserted Bradshaw into the lineup midway through the season, and the Steelers went on to win four Super Bowls with the Blonde Bomber leading the way.
No. 4: Phil Simms Vs. Jeff Hostetler
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Jeff Hostetler and his famous mustache always managed to surprise, so maybe his rise to the starting job with the Giants shouldn't have been such a surprise.
Amazingly, the unheralded backup took over for star Phil Simms and led the Giants to a Super Bowl XXV win against the Bills.
With Simms recovered from a broken foot in 1991, New York found itself with two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks on the roster.
Hostetler got the nod and was inconsistent before he broke his back late in the season, opening the door for Simms to return to the field. It didn't go well, as Simms won just one of his final four starts of the season.
Simms was named the Giants' starter in 1992, but suffered another injury early in the season. The Giants finished the year 6-10, and neither Simms nor Hostetler tasted Super Bowl success for the remainder of their careers.
No. 3: Jay Schroeder Vs. Doug Williams
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Jay Schroeder replaced Joe Thiesmann and was supposed to have all the tools to be able to lead the Redskins to future success.
Meanwhile, Doug Williams was on the decline, and when he tried to enter the game after Shroeder was dazed in the 1986 NFC Championship game, he was waved off.
The Redskins had no idea what to do in 1987, when the team rotated Schroeder and Williams all year long.
Eventually, Williams won the starting quarterback job heading into the playoffs and threw four touchdowns to give the Redskins the win over the Broncos.
And just like that, the controversy was no more.
No. 2: Drew Bledsoe Vs. Tom Brady
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After Drew Bledsoe was walloped by Mo Lewis against the Jets in 2001, Tom Brady entered the game and never looked back.
Bledsoe returned for the playoffs but was kept on the bench as Brady kept things rolling. Bledsoe came into the game after Brady suffered an injury in the AFC Championship game and helped the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.
Not surprisingly, Brady was named the starter for the Super Bowl and led New England to the win against the powerful St. Louis Rams.
The rest is history.
No. 1: Steve Young Vs. Joe Montana
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Steve Young was a hot-shot dual-threat youngster and Joe Montana was a blossoming legend. Let the battle begin.
Bill Walsh acquired Steve Young from Tampa Bay, and Young actually replaced the struggling Montana in 1987 in the NFC playoffs.
Montana engineered two consecutive Super Bowl wins before he was knocked out in the 1990 NFC Championship game.
Young took over and showcased his talents while Montana continued to recover.
But it wasn't over just yet.
Montana took his talents to Kansas City and helped the underdog Chiefs beat Young and the 49ers.
Young eventually won a Super Bowl to help cement his legacy and remind NFL fans there was good reason Montana had been shown the door.
Montana vs. Young will likely remain the most intriguing quarterback controversy of all time, involving two Hall of Fame players in the prime of their careers.