Michael Vick Injury: Can Kevin Kolb Step Up For The Philadelphia Eagles?

Jeff KerrContributor IOctober 4, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterbacks Kevin Kolb #4 and Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talk on the sidelines during a time-out against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagles defeated the Jaguars 28-3.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left yesterday’s game with a rib injury in the first quarter, Eagles’ fans got a sample size of why the organization traded Donovan McNabb.

And the sample was not good.

Kevin Kolb looked lost at the quarterback position during Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins.

Kolb had no confidence in his abilities to throw the ball downfield, always throwing to the check down receiver.  He relied on running back LeSean McCoy to gain positive yardage for him off screen passes. 

When the Redskins blitzed, Kolb had no chance to execute a play.  The play needed to go as it did in mini-camp in order for Kolb to execute and complete a pass. 

This is not good for the franchise that originally traded Donovan McNabb so Kevin Kolb could be the starting quarterback.

Kolb had some moments last season, but has proved over his young NFL career that he cannot come into a game and win against a quality opponent.

So why should Eagles fans believe in him now, especially the way Michael Vick ran this offense over 10 quarters?

The Eagles offense relies on the deep ball, which Kevin Kolb clearly does not have.  Kolb missed All-Pro wide receiver DeSean Jackson by five yards when Jackson broke coverage.

If Kolb puts that ball in Jackson’s reach, the Eagles score a touchdown.

Jackson and his counterpart Jeremy Maclin freed themselves over the top throughout the second half.  Kolb would either not look downfield or just throw to the check down receiver.

In Kolb’s five quarters, DeSean Jackson only caught three passes for 19 yards.  He has 16 catches for 337 yards on the season with Michael Vick taking most of the snaps.

Basically, Kevin Kolb makes DeSean Jackson look like Todd Pinkston.

Maclin only had one catch for 15 yards yesterday. When Kolb is under center, Eagles’ fans might just call him Charles Johnson.

When Kolb is in; Maclin, Jackson, and tight end Brent Celek are non-existent and cannot become the playmakers they were when Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick was their quarterback.

The Redskins came after Kolb with several blitz packages yesterday. All Kolb did was roll to the outside and throw the ball away. 

Sometimes, he forced the ball into coverage almost giving possessions away. 

How many interceptions should Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers had yesterday?

 Washington’s 3-4 defensive packages were not the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs 3-4 defense either.  Kolb thought he was being aggressive dumping the ball off to LeSean McCoy and making the linebackers play in. 

When Philadelphia moved the ball to the red zone, Kolb had to throw in the cornerback’s direction. He only succeeded once, when the Redskins were playing a prevent defense.

Kolb’s inabilities to read the defense, adjust to the blitz, and throw a deep ball will hurt the Eagles offense over the next several weeks.

He is not the franchise quarterback Philadelphia envisioned when they traded away Donovan McNabb.

After the next few weeks, Philadelphia Eagles fans will be begging owner Jeffrey Lurie to sign Vick to a contract extension.