Philadelphia Eagles: Two Big Questions In the OffSeason

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles substitutes with team mate Kevin Kolb #4 against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Around this time last season I wrote an article about the Eagles and the very evident choice they were going to have to make about then quarterback Donovan McNabb and head coach Andy Reid.

I had suggested that the Eagles cut ties with either their coach or their quarterback since in the time the two had spent together had resulted in zero Super Bowl titles.

The Eagles decided to let go of McNabb in favor of Kevin Kolb (who later got injured and made way for Michael Vick, more on that later) and kept Reid.

Now after another one and done playoff appearance by the the Eagles, is it time to say "goodbye" to Reid?

I'm not saying that he should be fired.  After all, under Reid you can almost pencil in the Eagles for a playoff spot every season.

But much like an article I wrote about Virginia Tech, is making it to the postseason good enough?

My answer is no.

Reid has proved to be a great regular season coach.  The Eagles are in playoff contention down to the end and usually are in contention to win the NFC East.

However, once he makes it to the playoffs he is almost always bested.  His one Super Bowl run he ran into the seemingly unstoppable New England Patriots.

Since that year the Eagles have only made it to the NFC Championship game once.

Has Reid finally hit that wall, that even with a dynamic quarterback like Vick he can't get the Eagles over the hump?

The danger with letting a coach go like Reid is that his replacement might be a step backwards.

After all, there were many seasons where the Steelers faithful didn't think that Bill Cowher could win them a Super Bowl, that he was simply just good enough to make the playoffs.

However, the team stuck by their coach and were rewarded with a Super Bowl victory.

Honestly, I don't think there is a good argument to fire Reid if he continues to take the Eagles to the playoffs, but at some point the franchise has to ask themselves if they truly believe Andy Reid can win them a Super Bowl.

Now the second question the Eagles face this offseason is what to do at quarterback.

Michael Vick, this year's surprise starter, is a free agent and McNabb's heir Kevin Kolb is under contract.

In spite of ending the season on an interception, Vick is going to command some high dollars once free agency opens up.

So the Eagles have a couple of choices.

They can pay Vick the big bucks, even though I'm sure they'll get a discount.  After all, they were the team that gave him his second chance.  But, whatever discount he gives them I'm sure it won't be that cheap.

If they sign Vick, they can either trade or keep Kolb.  Keeping Kolb isn't a bad idea since Vick likes to run around and he did miss some time this season after breaking his collar bone against the Redskins.

Or the Eagles could choose to let Vick walk and move forward with Kevin Kolb.

With Kolb, the Eagles lose Vick's mobility but with his cheap contract they gain a lot of cap room and can possibly go out and get more pieces to help the team move one step closer to a Super Bowl.

If I were the general manager of the Eagles I'd go with Kolb and take the extra money to get more pieces.

If there is one thing quarterbacks like Mark Rypien and Trent Dilfer have proved, if you have the right guys around a mediocre quarterback, you can win a Super Bowl.