Michael Vick Injury: What This Means for the Philadelphia Eagles

Troy BallardCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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At the beginning of the second quarter of the Redskins vs Eagles game, Michael Vick had an amazing run down the middle of the field, which resulted in Vick getting slammed between two Redskins defenders on the one yard line.

You could tell immediately that the hit was not going to be good for Vick's physical health. After being slammed between the two players, Vick was holding his chest/ribs in obvious pain. Vick was able to stand up and stumble his way almost all the way off the field, then requiring the help of the trainers to make it to the bench. 

Soon after being on the sideline, Vick headed to the locker room for X-Rays. After heading in, it was reported that Vick was indefinitely out for the remainder of today's game. We still have no information on the extent of the injury or how long Vick will be out for. All we know is that the injury pertains to the ribs/chest, my guess being fractured ribs and or a bruised chest wall. Both of these injuries are multiple week, recovery times. 

So now, with Vick sidelined for an unknown amount of weeks, Kevin Kolb steps back in as the starter. Which is just bad news for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watching this game, I have seen that Kolb just does not function with the Eagles offense. The only good plays that Kolb made were on the ground when he scrambled, which was a total of three scrambles. He failed to pass the ball down the field aggressively, and didn't even attempt a pass too Jeremy Maclin or DeSean Jackson. How do you win football games when you don't pass the ball to your big playmakers?

You know your have a problem when your running back and full back are leading your team in receptions and yards. Kolb seemed to just not want to pass the ball down the field, and continually dumped it off on short/intermediate passes which gained little yardage. 

Judging by Vick's injury, he will not be starting next weeks game against the 49ers. This is a huge problem for the Eagles. This leads to Kolb starting against a tough 49ers defense, and although 0-4, the 49ers still are trouble for the Eagles.

So this leads into an even bigger question, what if Vick is injured for the remainder of the season?

If Vick is injured for 5+ weeks, I think it is time that Andy Reid makes the decision to make the 2010 season a rebuilding year, or make quick moves at the QB position. Because at this point, there is really no alternative besides Kolb at QB, and he has shown that he clearly can't handle the roll as the starter. 

There always is the unlikely possibility that Reid's "Win-First Mentality", could lead to a last ditch effort trade. But if this were the case, who would the Eagles have to cough up to get a QB that is worthy of starting? After Kolb's recent performances, I don't think that there is a single team in the NFL that has any interest in trading for him. The only thing Reid would be able to give up in exchange, would be draft picks, which the Eagles need for the upcoming seasons. 

The situation in Philadelphia is far from good, and Vick getting injured is literally worst case scenario. Vick was the spark that the offense needed, and losing him to injury is going to kill the offensive playmaking ability. More than likely the Eagles will lean heavily on the rushing game and LeSean McCoy, to help relieve some pressure off of the passing game.  


Honestly, I just don't see any positive outcome with Kolb as a starter, and it is nothing personal against Kolb. I really like the guy, I just don't think he was cut out to be an NFL QB. I am sure the exact same thoughts are running through Reid's head. There are very few times in his coaching career that he has made a legitimately bad choice, unfortunately Kolb is one of those bad choices. 

Looking at the remainder of the Eagles season, depending on the length of Vick's injury, it could be a very rough ending. I would imagine Reid will have a press conference soon, in regards to Vick's injury and the future plans of the team. 

On a last minute note, congratulations to Donovan McNabb in winning against the Eagles, 17-12.