Andy Reid's Decision: Mistake Or Genious?

Gus PapaioannouContributor ISeptember 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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When Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles decided to trade Donovan McNabb this off-season many people including Donavon were caught by surprise. First, because for weeks while rumors swirled Andy was adamant that McNabb was not going anywhere. Then suddenly he was gone. Trading away arguably the franchises best QB was at first glance a mistake. Especially when they announced he would be going to the division rival Washington Redskins.

Reid explained the Eagles had a plan. They felt it was time to give the new franchise QB his chance and announced Kevin Kolb as the starter. 

Well 2 games into the season it seems the Kevin Kolb era may be over. Micheal Vick has now been announced as the starting QB one week after Reid told the media that even though Vick played well in relief of Kolb after he sustained a concussion vs Green Bay in game one and then lighting up the Lions for 35 points he would still keep Kolb as his starter and he would start vs Jacksonville in week three. Two days later Reid once again changed his mind.

This may be the biggest mistake of his coaching career or it may turn out to make him look like a genius. Here are the scenarios that may play out.

The Genius

1) Start Vick. He and the team play well and win. The controversy will be forgotten. The Eagles offer Vick a long term deal to be the franchise QB. Kolb with his new 4 year contract will either become a overpaid back up or traded to say Buffalo? Possibly even released.

The Mistake

2) Vick plays but struggles. As does the team. The fans get loud and restless. They insert Kolb as the starter once again. With his confidence shot and feeling the pressure hes not much better than he was in that first quarter vs the Packers. The team does not resign Vick as he is not the answer and release Kolb as he is not able to regain his confidence in a system that dint believe in him. Now the Eagles are left without a QB for the following season and must either give up some of their future for a trade or Draft and rebuild.

All this plus Reid is now always second guessed by his players for changing his mind more often then Terrel Owens whines.


What should have happened was the reverse.

The Genius #1

1)Play Kolb. Give him 10 plus games to see what he has against a fairly tough Eagles schedule. If he plays well and the Eagles win trade Vick's rights, who by this time everyone knows he can play and his value has skyrocketed! 

The Genius #2

1)Play Kolb. Give him 10 games. He fails miserably. Release him and sign Vick as your QB of the future.

Its a win win. Reid = Genius!

Too late for this scenario now. For Reid's sake he better hope Vick plays and the team wins, or else....