Michael Vick Injury: Re-Visiting the Donovan McNabb Trade One More Time

Gage ArnoldCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks the sidelines before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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So what was supposed to be the game of the year possibly turned out to be the dud of the year as Michael Vick injured his ribs in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Will we see Michael Vick back at Quarterback this season? Possibly, but what hurts the most for the Eagles is that they are right back where they began...

So let's take a look at the Donovan McNabb trade one last time to see where the Eagles and the Philly Faithful stand after Vick's recent injury.


What's Next for the Eagles?

Right now, the Eagles are facing adversity, and the only way to defeat this adversity is to not dwell on the past, but to continue pressing on and get fully behind Kevin Kolb as the leader of this team.

Kolb was supposed to be the starting Quarterback of the Future for the Eagles, and well... after a disappointing half against the Green Bay Packers and a concussion, it became the Michael Vick era just like that.

Now the Eagles, who have reverted to check down passes to LeSean McCoy as their offensive strategy, need to recapture the fire that Kolb had with the downfield passing game.

When you have two burners in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson who are some of the fastest guys in the League, not even the division, the League, then you as a team should take advantage of those weapons.

There's no fooling that this team is a pass-first team, but what will it take to get that going after the loss of Michael Vick?

A steady dose of LeSean McCoy, as long as his rib injury isn't too serious, and a few DeSean Jackson long passes should open up the middle for Brent Celek and Jason Avant to be steady across the middle as well.

The team has the possibility to do great things in the passing game and even win the NFC East, it's just going to take a lot of trust in Kevin Kolb and a lot of execution on his part in the coming weeks.


Just What Did the McNabb Trade Mean for This Organization?

It completely changed the forefront of this franchise and now Kevin Kolb, or Michael Vick, are the heads of this storied team.

The switch in leadership also came with a new team demeanor.

When Donovan McNabb was the helm everyone knew what was expected of them, and likewise, the team ran like a well oiled machine.

Five NFC Championship appearances and one Super Bowl appearance solidify that notion.

What was changed was that "swagger", if you may, as the Eagles don't have the unquestioned leader at their helm now.

And when leadership at the top is murky, then the rest of the team will be indecisive as well.

However, I fully support the Donovan McNabb trade for both sides. The 'Skins needed a guy, and the Eagles were ready to move on.

The only question that will be raised now is simply, "What will happen when Mike Vick is healthy?"

My answer to that is simply that the Eagles need to play whoever gives them the best shot to win a championship.

If that is Vick, then they should follow suit by playing him, but if Kolb is tearing it up, then I would start him.

The Eagles need to win, but in that same sense, they have to put a leader at their helm that they can stand by.