NFL Coaches and Their QB Options: Just in Case, He's My Quarterback!

Haran KnightCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 and Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I’m going to have to take Chris Rock to lunch one day.  It’ll be my way of saying thanks for his profound statements that I like to refer to.

He once said, “Men are only as faithful as their options.”

He was talking about men and their relationships with women, but I’m going to leave Tiger Woods alone and talk about NFL head coaches and their options at quarterback.

After the Dallas Cowboys completed their 120-minute torture of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid quickly affirmed that Donovan McNabb was still his guy.

While many (myself included) believe that this was a tactic to keep McNabb’s value high, Eagles fans who want McNabb gone ASAP were infuriated because this statement could very well be true.

I think this offseason is the last chance to get great value in return by trading McNabb.  Having said that, if other teams aren’t willing to part with a first round draft pick or even a high second round selection, I expect McNabb to be under center in Philly in the fall.

Because of that reasoning, I can understand the Eagles’ current stance on the matter.  Unfortunately, it started a trend of confidence in current quarterbacks around the league that are a lot less believable.

The Eagles actually have three quarterbacks that could start in the league, which is making them a hot commodity for rumor mills.  The President of the Philadelphia Eagles, Joe Banner, has stated that the Eagles could possibly bring McNabb, Kevin Kolb, and Michael Vick back in the final year of each of their contracts.

While I don’t agree with the thought, I could see McNabb and Kolb both on the roster. 

And Vick?

Well, I believe all men have the ability to redeem themselves if they desire to, so my thoughts on Vick in Philly have always been strictly football based. 

The only way signing Vick makes sense football-wise for the Eagles is if they can trade him.  Even his contract is structured to make him a bargain for a team that starts him in 2010.  If Vick returns to Philly in 2010 behind McNabb and Kolb, it would be a complete waste of time.

Other quarterbacks that are currently on a team's roster are also getting a lot of vocal support as we get closer to the free agency/trading period beginning March 5.

After Kurt Warner announced his retirement, the Arizona Cardinals have expressed that Matt Leinart is their guy going forward.  Warner was supposed to be Leinart’s backup, but Warner beat him out and made a contender out of the Cardinals.  After raising their standards after so many lost seasons, has Leinart learned enough under Warner to take over?

The Denver Broncos were quick to refute rumors that they were interested in McNabb.  But even though Kyle Orton had a productive year, if the opportunity presents itself would you prefer Orton or McNabb?

San Francisco 49er coach Mike Singletary said he feels good about Alex Smith as the starter, but he also said he always uses the word "probably" which is sort of noncommittal. 

I heard a 49er fan call Philadelphia's Sports Radio station WIP last night stating that, with an extra first round pick, the Niners have to make that deal for McNabb. He envisioned McNabb with Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree as his weapons. 

A recent comment that had me saying, “Are you kidding me!?” is when Minnesota Vikings GM/Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman stated the Vikings are “comfortable" with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels should Brett Favre retire.

After virtually begging Favre all the way into the start of the 2009 preseason to postpone his retirement, how confident are the Vikings in the quarterbacks behind him?  More so, should Jackson or Rosenfels want to play for an organization that publicly pursued a 39-year-old recovering from a torn tendon in his throwing shoulder as opposed to “going with the guys they had”?

The bottom line is, this is the time of year in the NFL where organizations are showing their poker face.  Nobody is going to know a team’s real intentions until March 5 when the official negotiations begin (and even then, you won’t get all of the details).

The blowup which led to Jay Cutler’s departure from Denver last year is a prime example of why front offices are currently supporting their current rosters.

Many fans and media are taking these comments literally.  I don’t believe a thing any of them are saying, but I understand why they're saying it. 


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