Philadelphia Eagles Can Revolutionize QB Position Thanks to Vick's Injury

WesAnalyst IOctober 10, 2010

Makes defenders look silly.
Makes defenders look silly.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The NFL has long been a league filled with coaches who are constantly thinking of ways to outsmart the opposition.

Sometimes these unique approaches are incredibly successful.

Buddy Ryan developed the 4-6 defense, which was a major reason the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX.

The Bears shutout the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC playoffs before giving up 10 points to the New England Patriots on the game's biggest stage. Following the game, Otis Wilson and Richard Dent hoisted Ryan onto their shoulders and carried their coach off the field.

And then there are ideas that can be categorized as an epic failure.

Remember when former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg decided to kick to the Bears in overtime even though he won the coin toss? Mornhinweg thought it was more advantageous to have the wind at his team's back instead of possessing the football.

Think about it Marty. Do you get points for the wind going through the uprights or the football?

The Bears took the kickoff, won the game, and Mornhinweg finished his career as head coach with a 5-27 record and no one carried him off the field.

There are also revolutionary ideas that change the way the game is played even though there is no hardware or jewelry to show for it.

Don Coryell is considered one of the founding fathers of the modern passing game. His offenses put up mind-numbing numbers.

In his seven full seasons as a head coach with the Chargers, the offense was no worse than fifth in yards gained and they finished first in that category five times. They led the league in points scored three times, but they never went to a Super Bowl let alone win one.

So what is the next innovative idea? Who is going to do something that makes you say, "This is not going to work," only to make you then say, "That was brilliant."

Andy Reid, Michael Vick, and the Philadelphia Eagles front office have the opportunity to be the men who completely change the way teams draft, sign, and utilize their quarterbacks.

The idea I am about to present is unique. That being said, maybe there is a reason no one has tried to do this.

Why don't the Eagles learn from Michael Vick's injury and stock the position with athletes who can step in and replace Vick if, and when, he goes down with an injury?

Truth be told, I want to see what Kevin Kolb has to offer. But if the Birds are going to name Vick the starter when he returns, then the position should be set up accordingly.

The Eagles should draft Ohio State standout Terrelle Pryor and find a way to acquire a veteran quarterback that can make plays with either his arm or legs. Names to consider would be Tarvaris Jackson, Troy Smith, and Dennis Dixon.

One of the biggest arguments against having a mobile quarterback or running an option-style offense in the NFL is the quarterback will inevitably go down with an injury. But the beauty of having three quarterbacks who play a similar style is that it does not matter who is under center.

Here is the only counter argument: You just can't do it. Or someone may get really insightful and say, "No one else has ever done it."

Uh, hello?

How many teams were running Ryan's 4-6 defense or Coryell's passing game?

That's the point of this idea. It is an innovative idea that if successful can change the way the teams draft, sign, and use their quarterbacks.

I am not suggesting the Eagles rotate their quarterbacks on and off the field such as you would with running backs. Teams will rotate backs in and out to give them a breather or to offer a change of pace to the defense or because it is dictated by downs.

None of that is needed at the quarterback position. You want to have as much consistency as possible at the position, which is why it is advantageous to find three quarterbacks with similar attributes so that when one goes down with an injury the next guy can step in and continue to make plays with either their legs or arm.