Michael Vick: Future Implications of Benching Kevin Kolb

Victor SpurrierContributor IISeptember 21, 2010

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles calls the play in the huddle during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Eagles defeated the Lions 35-32.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Kevin Kolb's future in Philadelphia is likely not as the starting quarterback. 

If Michael Vick is able to take the locker room from Kevin Kolb his career in Philadelphia is over.  It will be hard for Kolb to be the starter again after losing his job even if Vick leaves at the end of the season.

If Vick continues to play well, however, he may stick around.  If Vick does stick around Kevin Kolb has no future as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.  

Michael Vick is 30 years old.  Since Vick does not have the accuracy to convert to a pocket passer once his mobility fades, he will have a dramatic fall from grace.

All things considered Michael Vick most likely has no more than three or four years left as an effective starting quarterback. 

There is no chance of Kevin Kolb sitting on the bench for three years waiting for Michael Vick to decline.  He will probably attempt to leave the team if he does not regain the starting job by the end of the season. 

If Vick sticks around Kolb will not want to be the backup, and if Vick leaves it will be hard for Kolb to regain the locker room. 

The Eagles will have to look for another quarterback of the future in the next two NFL Drafts if Kolb does not regain his job by the end of the season. 

The Eagles could pray for Mallett to slip down to them because of character concerns, or could look at a guy like Florida State's Christian Ponder or Arizona's Nick Foles.

Eagles fans already have questions about Andy Reid's personnel decisions, and drafting Kolb in the second round only to sign another quarterback after giving Kolb only one start will strengthen the argument of Eagles fans against Reid. 

Many fans have been saying it is time for Reid to go and the back and forth about quarterbacks may very well be the final nail in the coffin if the Eagles do not make a deep run into the playoffs this year.