Kevin Kolb: Why Trading for the Philadelphia Eagles Backup Is a Bad Idea

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Yesterday while I was driving home from work I was listening to The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C.

They were discussing the Philadelphia Eagles and their backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

The two hosts were debating whether or not Kolb was worth a first-round draft pick.

Dukes offered that spending a first-round pick on Kolb would be like drafting a quarterback anyways since Kolb is relatively young.

Also, since Kolb has started several NFL games (and has done a good job), you won't have to worry about grooming a rookie.  You'll have a game ready young veteran already.

All good points by Dukes, but then LaVar countered with maybe the smartest thing I've ever heard him say.

"If Kolb is so great, why would the Eagles go out and get Michael Vick three years ago?"  LaVar also went on to say that if Vick could become the quarterback he was in Atlanta; he could take McNabb's job as well.

I was blown away by Arrington's question.  Here I was all-in with Dukes' argument, but LaVar's question made me think about Kolb.

And you know what, LaVar is right.

If Andy Reid was so confident in Kolb as the future of the Eagles' franchise then why take a public relations hit (and the Eagles took one at first) by signing Vick?

I've got to think that Reid wasn't completely secure with Kolb as plan B to Donovan McNabb and wanted some insurance.

Also we've only seen Kolb in spot starts.  He hasn't played for a whole season yet and has only played in Reid's dink and dunk passing game.

Kolb could very well be a system quarterback.  Where he looks good in Reid's system; he might not look good in another one.

I'm not saying Kolb is a bad quarterback, but I think spending a first-round pick on a guy that hasn't even played 16 games yet is a steep asking price.

One has to wonder if Vick being the starting quarterback of the Eagles wasn't Reid's plan all along. 

Sure the franchise was high on Kolb when they drafted him, but a much better option came along. 

Was Vick ready to start when they signed him right out of prison?

Probably not, but they had McNabb man the reigns while Vick got back into football shape.

I know Kolb was the projected starter at the beginning of last season, but that could be because Reid wasn't sure that Vick was ready to start in the NFL again.

Once Kolb got hurt and Vick came in that was probably all Reid needed to see to confirm that Vick was once again ready to start in the NFL.

After all, it was only week four when Vick was injured against the Redskins and Kolb regained the starting job temporarily. 

If Kolb was truly the future of the franchise Vick would not have been the starter again.

Right now I think Reid is doing all he can to bolster up a quarterback that was never actually meant to be the Eagles franchise quarterback.

So, buyer beware. 

Do I think Kolb is a good quarterback?  Yes I do, but I don't think he's worth a first-round pick.  Nor do I believe that Reid actually believes everything he's saying about Kolb, because if he really did, Kolb would be his starter and he wouldn't be trying to trade him.