When I caught wind that Andy Reid had been the one that picked up Michael Vick off of the free agent list, following his jail sentence, I was shocked. This was a gamble not only for Reid, but also for the entire city of Philadelphia.
At this point, Reid looks like one of the smartest coaches in the league, and could be looking at a Super Bowl team on his hands. Now that Kevin Kolb has taken the backseat as the starter, and has been outplayed by Vick in all facets of the game, he is riding the bench once again. Reid had to double back on his words by changing his mind and making Vick the permanent starter.
I admit, with all honesty, Vick is the better QB. As of right now. Vick can make plays that Kolb cannot. Vick has the ability to tear defenses through the air or on the ground. Vick is an offensive machine and is an amazing athlete. Vick can make things happen behind an awful offensive line. Vick can consistently win games. Vick has plenty of in-game experience. Vick has drastically improved his personal game.
The odds of Vick being re-signed and becoming the franchise QB are heavily in his favor. Kolb will once again be thrown to the bench and see little playing time. I have seen Kolb desperately try to win back his starting role during Vick's brief injury, and perform well under pressure.
Kolb won a handful of games, and lost a tough one to the Tennessee Titans. During the Titans game, Kolb did regress into the panicked and unorganized QB we saw in Week 1. However, as a Philadelphia fan, I see an immense amount of potential in Kolb.
Kolb is much younger that Vick. Kolb is a much more accurate QB. Kolb is the type of player you can build a franchise around. Kolb has shown excellent potential. Kolb has developed good chemistry with the current receivers. Kolb is technical. Kolb does not have a past history of injuries. Kolb has a high chance of improving his game.
It's a tough choice. The way I see it, there is only two routes the Philadelphia Eagles can take:
Route #1. Resign Vick- The Win Now Plan:
As I stated above, Vick is a winner. He is the type of QB that can lead a young team like the Eagles to the Super Bowl and get a fast appearance. This is more of a high-stakes high-reward type of approach.
The issue being that the outcome of a Super Bowl is nearly impossible to predict. (Remember the Giants vs Patriots game a few years back). I would say an Eagles Super Bowl is not too far out of the realm of possibility with Vick as the starter.
Reid has never been a high-stakes high-reward type of coach. Aside from signing Vick, Reid has never been a gambler. He also has never won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, even though he has been an excellent coach.
Vick could win the Eagles a Super Bowl. But, he is an aging QB. Vick has joined the 30+ club this year. In the NFL, unless you're 25 or under, you are an aging prospect. That's the exact situation that Vick is in.
Worth noting is Vick's extended list of injuries. Vick was benched an entire season while in Atlanta with a broken leg. He has also had several serious shoulder injuries, along with the recent rib injury. With Vick reaching 30, that only increases his chances of sustaining another injury.
One last note for Vick—with the way his current season is going, he is going to want a lot of money to come back and play in Philadelphia. Money is always an issue. The Eagles need to think of where they want to put that money and how much they want to put towards one player.
Route #2. Let Kolb Start Next Season—The Future Plan:
Kolb is a young player, and has had plenty of time to learn behind one of the best QBs the NFL has ever seen, Donovan McNabb. (Perhaps a little bit of fan bias speaking there). Nonetheless, McNabb did great things in Philadelphia and Kolb had several seasons to learn directly from him.
The only thing that Kolb has missed out on is actual playing time in games. This season he had about one half of a game before he was out with a concussion. Then he replaced the injured Vick, and was able to play in another three. In Kolb's entire career, he has had little time to prove himself. Sure, he has had some bad games. But what QB in the NFL doesn't?
Kolb has also shown some excellent potential. Being able to find a open receivers downfield, and not being afraid to stand in the pocket. On some plays, Kolb has shown the ability to make a play with his feet. Nothing like Vick can, but nonetheless, there is some mobility in Kolb's arsenal.
As stated above, the Eagles are a young team. Who better to mature with than a young QB? It would be a team process, and the entire offense would have to adjust to Kolb. We have already seen Maclin and Jackson excel no matter who is taking the snaps. The rest of the offense just has to fall into line.
Kolb is the prospect QB. He has the potential to be the Eagles' next big thing. With players like Jackson, McCoy, and Maclin, all surrounding him, he could have a very promising career.
Really what it comes down to is: How badly do the Philadelphia Eagles want to win a Super Bowl?
A safe bet, really bad. It has been a long time coming in Philadelphia, and the Eagles are always so close and then it is snatched away. Consistently one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL, that just can't get out of their own way to win the big one.
Vick is the QB of now, and Kolb is the QB of the future.
Reid has two good QBs on his team, and he will have a tough choice come the end of this season. I have 100% faith in Reid. He always seems to make the right choice, although it may not seem it at the time.
Tell me what you think! Post in the comment section below! Keep Vick? Start Kolb? Try to utilize both of them?