22 September 2010

Who in the what where?

AR on Monday: Kevin Kolb is absolutely, positively the starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles.

AR on Tuesday: Mike Vick is absolutely, positively the starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now, admittedly, it's been a rough start to the season for starting QBs. Sunday, 5 got benched (Jason Campbell of the Raiders, Derek Anderson of the Cardinals, Matt Moore of the Panthers, Vince Young of the Titans, and David Garrard of the Jaguars), and some of them have or appear to have lost their starting jobs, at least temporarily (definitely Matt Moore, possibly Jason Campbell). The Bills' Trent Edwards has been demoted this week as well.

But Andy's quick and total reversal has me scratching my head. We're going to pull the plug on Kolb after one bad half? When we traded away the most successful QB this franchise has ever seen because it was time for the heir apparent to move up? Again, I look to the Packers Rodgers/Favre situation a few years ago. And remember that Rodgers went 6-10 his first year. I can hardly believe I'm writing this, but maybe a little patience is in order here?

Then again, who knows what schemes Reid has in that ginger noggin of his....

8 comments:

Joe said...

Ownership. I'd bet some people in offices and not on the field have leaned on Andy to get him to go with Vick. A couple reasons why: with Dallas a surprising 0-2, the Giants being inconsistent, and the Redskins being the Redskins, suddenly what looked like a lost year for the Eagles in the NFC East looks like a wide-open chance to steal the division. Going with the better quarterback makes sense now. Secondly, if Kolb is indeed the Eagles' QB of the future, Vick can't stay a backup forever. He's going to want to start somewhere, and some team out there is going to want him. So, the more playing time he gets now, the more evidence the Eagles will have that shows Vick is back to his star level and should command a lot in return. I'm not saying I agree with the change. I'd rather get this Kolb development year over with as fast as possible, but I can understand the business reasons behind this, and I'm guessing Andy had to be leaned on a little to make the change.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@Joe - interesting thoughts. There's also some more info on ESPN.com that points to the move as acknowledgment that we have serious O-line issues that could get K2 killed if they let him start.

Phillyexpat said...

Reading articles on ESPN.com and Philly.com this morning, I've seen multiple references to "Eagles Sources" noting that the O-line is essentially non-performing at this point. Particularly, we have an inexperienced back-up center that can't read a blitz. So, they Eagles have made the call to start a QB with speed to evade a defensive crush. And, they don't seem to have confidence right now that Kolb can do that without risking serious injury.

So, the Eagles need to make a choice. Do we accept a sub-par O-Line and put our hopes on the shoulders of an amazingly mobile QB (I mean, the man BOUNCES off of linemen who try and tackle him. BOUNCES) or do we fix the busted up O-Line and go with the heir apparent?

With Andy Reid most likely desperate to prove he made the right decision by jettisoning McNabb this offseason, my guess is they are going to do anything they think they can in the short term to win this season. Whether that's the right call for the long term if anyone's guess.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Now Andy's intimating that K2 might be traded. I recommend he look for a team that actually has a functioning O-line.

Joe said...

Ha. What a mess. If they trade Kolb, that will just make me angrier that they traded away McNabb. This is all just so silly. Can't wait to see what they'll say tomorrow.

In regard to the O-Line, how about this: instead of trying to decide which QB is better able to play with no protection, why don't they try to find some better protection? Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Considering the lack of protection, and the sudden parity in the NFC East, it seems to be a sound move. Perhaps the Eagles are seriously concerned about yet another concussion should Kolb get buried by a pass rush.

I just hope they sat Kolb down and explained their reasoning. No matter how we try to rationalize it, somebody (KK) might be getting screwed over. (Jack - too inept to sign in to Google)

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Oh, I'm pretty sure K2 got screwed. On the other hand, as either Bleeding Green Nation or Iggles Blog observed (can't find the reference at the moment), he's a big boy and this isn't personal. Andy's job it to win games, and if he feels like Vick is his best chance, K2's just going to have to learn to deal.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

As usual, we can count on Tommy Lawlor to bring the good sense and cogent analysis.