Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Reasons The Eagles Should Keep Kevin Kolb
The reports seem to be coming out by the minute about Kevin Kolb being traded. The speculation is getting a bit old as the Eagles are not even allowed to contact any other teams in the NFL right now about moving their backup QB.
It seems like a done deal that Kolb will be moved when (if) the lockout is lifted. Any Eagle fan would be in favor of such a move if it could significantly improve the team, but for the sake of argument lets take a look at some of the positive things that Kolb as the Eagles backup would bring this season (if there is a season.)
Here are five reasons the Eagles should keep Kevin Kolb if the price isn't right.
1: Can Vick Be Sick for an Entire Season
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Remember the Miracle at the Meadowlands Part II? Down 31-10 in the final eight minutes of the game, Vick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to tie the game.
Three Eagle touchdowns and an onside kick recovery later, Matt Dodge of the Giants inexplicably punted the ball to DeSean Jackson, who proceeded to return the ball 65 yards to the house to seal the comeback.
I don't know which was sweeter—watching one of the greatest comebacks in Eagles history come against the Giants, or watching Tom Coughlin scream at his punter, despite his team collapsing.
This was Michael Vick at his best, but you may also remember that Vick could barely carry his battered and bruised body off of the field after the game.
The way Vick plays the game comes with a lot of risks and a whole bunch of rewards.
Some pundits have claimed that you can't go into the season worrying if Vick will get injured, but is it being overly-cautious or just smart to at least pose the question: Can Michael Vick play every game in 2011?
2: More Than Capable
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If Michael Vick does get injured (fingers crossed this doesn't happen), Eagles fans can be confident that they have a backup in Kevin Kolb that knows their system and has experience.
Prior to last season, Kolb was being shoved down Eagle Nation's throats as a "perfect fit" for the West Coast Offense.
I am not sure anybody believed Andy Reid or Joe Banner when they made such claims, but Kolb has put together some solid starts for the Birds and shown that he can lead this team to victory.
I don't know about you, but I feel a lot more comfortable at this point with Kolb as the Eagles backup than Mike Kafka.
3: Kolb Comes Cheap
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Go get Nnamdi! The Eagles will most likely have to break the bank to get the shut-down corner, and Kolb is only on the books for $1.5 million in 2011.
Unless the Eagles can find a nice package (with a first-rounder) for Kolb, what's the downside of keeping a 27 year old, cheap backup quarterback on your roster?
Kolb is making chump change in 2011, even for a backup quarterback. If the Eagles are not blown away by an offer, they can keep Kolb and spend the cash they have on some key free agents.
4: Time for a Payday?
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Ol' Saint Vick will be 31 years old when the first game of the 2011 season is scheduled. The way this lockout is going, Vick might be 40 by the time he starts again for the Eagles.
In all seriousness, Vick reminded the NFL last season as to why he was awarded (at that time) the largest contract in NFL history. The Eagles averaged over 29 points per game that Michael Vick started, pretty impressive stuff.
The Birds finished the season third in points scored, second in yards per game (389.4), ninth in passing yards (244.1) and fifth in rushing yards (145.2) per game.
Just Michael Vick's presence on the field opened up huge holes for LeSean McCoy and allowed McCoy to do what he does best, make people look foolish in the open field. McCoy went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Vick, Jackson, McCoy, Maclin, Avant and Celek combined to form the most dynamic offense in the NFL, but each player mentioned besides Vick is 27 or less. Should the Eagles really give Vick the $80-100 million he is expecting over five years?
Vick's uncanny ability to get outside the pocket is one of the things that makes him so great, but will he still be able to make defenders miss when he is 34 or 35?
The Eagles need to answer that question before they break the bank for Vick and deal Kevin Kolb.
5: Improved O-Line Means Improved Kolb?
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The Eagles drafted Danny Watkins in the first round and acquired one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL in Howard Mudd. Look for the Eagles O-line to be much improved in 2011.
Andy Reid had to make the move from Kevin Kolb to Michael Vick in 2010, because Kolb would have continued to get destroyed behind the Eagles dreadful O-line. Things obviously turned out for the best as Vick led the Eagles offense to new heights in 2010.
Kolb is a pocket passer that is very accurate and needs time to be effective.
The people who state that Kevin Kolb is not worthy of a first-round pick seem to ignore that he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two career starts.
In Kolb's two starts in 2009, he had a 65 percent completion percentage, proving that he can be an accurate passer.
He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his efforts against the Chiefs.
If Christian Ponder and Jake Locker are first round talents, the Eagles need to make sure they get at least a first-rounder for Kolb. Teams realize that if Kolb is protected, he has the opportunity to be a solid NFL quarterback.