(In opening, this is all purely speculative, and as of now, the chances of this happening are extremely slim. But you can’t discount the facts presented. Enjoy!)
It’s now National news that Michael Vick is the official starter for the Philadelphia Eagles. This is at least “until further notice”. I wonder when the “further notice” will be. So what if Vick is looked at as a long term solution? Do Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles’ management think that he’s their new franchise quarterback? Is Vick the new leader in the locker room? It’s been reported that several players went to coaches and expressed their thoughts about Vick and implied that they’d prefer that he starts. No player(s) were mentioned, but that makes you wonder if the team feels they can win with Vick and not Kolb.
So here we have another potential Matt Schaub situation. Coincidentally enough, Michael Vick was the basis for Schaub being sent to Houston after rookie head coach Bobby Petrino felt that Vick was 100% the future of the franchise. Schaub was 25 when he was traded, Kolb is 26. Schaub had 2 starts in 3 seasons, and Kolb has 3 starts in 4 seasons. Schaub had 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions with Atlanta, and Kolb has 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in Philadelphia. The situation is eerily similar. Matt Schaub is now a successful quarterback looking to lead the Texans to it’s first ever playoff game.
There’s not much evidence to support Andy Reid wanting to make Vick the face of the franchise. As a matter of fact, he dodged that question a bit in his press conference only by stating “One of the great things about America is you're given a second chance if you handle it the proper way. And I've mentioned this before, I think he's handled this the proper way. I think his teammates would all stand up for him, just as they would Kevin Kolb, but they would stand up for Michael for what he's tried to do in changing his life around, and I know I sit here and do the same”. Don't forget that the Eagles have a young quarterback in Mike Kafka that they seem to be pretty high on as well. If they are confident in him, they could take a chance.
But it’s fun to speculate, right? You have a guy in Vick that is showing he can play at an exceptional level and lead your offense, and you have a young quarterback with a lot of upside just riding the bench. Why not explore what you can get for the young guy? That’s exactly what Atlanta did, and it’s seemingly paid off. Not to mention, you just paid Kolb 12 million dollars to play two quarters. If you’re going to stick with Vick, then you may want to get some return on that investment with a few draft picks for the 2011 NFL Draft. The NFL Trade deadline is October 19th, 2010.
So what are some possible destinations for Kevin Kolb? There are always teams in the league that need a quarterback. Kolb is a guy to be coveted, even after suffering the concussion. He’s a very good prospect and has been taken care of in Philly. But where could he go? What teams need help at the position, either right now, or in the future?
Cleveland Browns- This is no surprise here. Cleveland hasn’t anything better than average play at the quarterback position in the last 11 seasons. They signed Jake Delhomme in the off-season, and while the jury is still out on how well he will do this season, there’s no doubt that they need a quarterback for the future. Despite drafting Colt McCoy in the 3rd round, I don’t think McCoy is a surefire prospect to groom and I certainly don’t think he’s a championship caliber quarterback in the coming years. Add in the fact that the new General Manager for the Browns is Tom Heckert who drafted Kolb with the Eagles and is extremely high on the young quarterback. Heckert could make a move for Kolb if the Eagles start sending out feelers for him.
Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks are getting a fresh start with new head coach Pete Carroll in town. They have talent in the backfield with Leon Washington and Justin Forsett, and they just drafted their franchise left tackle in Russell Okung. They quietly have weapons on the offense and Kolb could head there in 2010 and sit behind veteran Matt Hasselbeck for a year and take over in 2011. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks would be in talks for Kolb.
Minnesota Vikings- The Brett Favre era is sure to come to an end soon. Most likely this will be Favre’s last season, especially if the Vikings continue to struggle offensively. Even though the Vikings are somewhat confident in Tavaris Jackson, I don’t feel that Jackson is a quarterback that can lead a team in the playoffs. Brad Childress has ties with the Eagles as well, as he was the apart of the coaching staff from 1999-2005, with his last 3 seasons as the offensive coordinator. They have all the pieces on the offense with one of the best running backs in the league in Adrian Peterson, as well as a good tight end, and a young wide receiving corps.
Arizona Cardinals- Let’s face it, after Kurt Warner announced his retirement, the Cardinals started to panic. With Matt Leinart showing very little prior to the pre-season, they were already frustrated, and Leinart’s release forced them to make a depth chart with erratic Derek Anderson as their starter as well as two rookies in Max Hall (BYU) and John Skelton (Fordham). With Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston, Kevin Kolb would be in heaven, as well as having two productive runners in Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower.
San Francisco 49ers- This really hinges on whether or not Alex Smith can be productive in 2010. If Smith plays like he has in the last two games for the rest of the season, I have reason to believe that the 49ers will cut ties as he’s had enough chances. The 49ers have a steady wide receiving corps, two good running backs, and an offensive line that is young and promising. The 49ers could be a legit quarterback away from being an NFC contender.
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