Kevin Kolb vs. Michael Vick: Why the Philadelphia Eagles Are Shafting Kolb

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Kevin Kolb #4 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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It wouldn't be football season without a little early season quarterback controversy.  This year the quarterback controversy is in Philadelphia, where main stay Donovan McNabb was traded in the off season.

In Week 1, a struggling Kevin Kolb went out with a concussion, and that left open the door for Michael Vick. Vick has looked great in his opportunity as starting quarterback for the Eagles and was named starter for the rest of the season by coach Andy Reid.

This is just another case of an injury costing a player his starting job in the NFL but in this case it's after just a week and a half.

Although Kolb looked awful in the first half of the opener vs. the Green Bay Packers, he should get his job back once he is cleared to play. The Eagles felt Kolb was ready to be the quarterback of this team, that is why the traded McNabb. So why are they so quick to bench him when Vick plays six quarters of good football?

Kolb has paid his dues sitting and learning Andy Reid's system the past few years as the back up for the Eagles. Yes, he is a fairly unknown commodity, but the Eagles also know what they are getting with Vick. Vick has always been a guy that puts on a good show, but he has always been a questionable drop back quarterback and he hasn't won anything in this league.

The Eagles obviously saw something in Kolb or they wouldn't have gotten rid of McNabb, so why give up on the kid so quickly?  The Eagles should start Kolb when he is fully recovered from his concussion because he has a greater ceiling than Vick has.  Vick is the short term fix to the answer, Kolb is the long term solution to the Eagles need at quarterback.

Yes, there will be some bumps in the road with Kolb at quarterback, but the Eagles have to be willing to take their lumps this year if they want a bright future for years to come.

Michael Vick will start for the rest of the season, which is going to further stunt the growth of the Eagles future quarterback Kevin Kolb. Yes, this season will be better in terms of wins and loses with Vick at the helm, but how long can the 30-year-old stay healthy and lead this team? 

Kolb is the future but by the way the Eagles are handling the situation, they are showing they only care about this season.