The Green Bay Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 yesterday. Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was 5-for-10 for 24 yards, before being knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion.
Backup quarterback Michael Vick came off the bench and sparked the Eagles. Vick was 16-for-24 for 175 yards, and one touchdown. He also rushed 11 times for 103 yards.
Even though the Eagles lost the game it was clear Vick was the better of two quarterbacks.
Should head coach Andy Reid confine Kolb to the bench or roll with Vick?
According to Vick, he believes he should be the starter. Vick suggested if he played more the outcome of the game been would have been different. He responded, "I feel like if I had been out there for all four quarters, maybe we would have had a chance to win the game," he said. "... I'm excited and I'm happy."
Reid affirmed once Kolb is healthy he will be the starter.
All of this talk about Kolb being the answer in Philadelphia is utter garbage. First of all, Donovan McNabb was not shown any "brotherly love" the way he was treated by the Eagles organization. McNabb was unfairly dumped in favor of an unproven quarterback in Kolb. Due to Kolb's supposed huge upside, McNabb was shipped to the Washington Redskins.
With McNabb gone the Eagles gave the keys to Kolb: He's the guy to drive them where McNabb was not able to, and that's to a Super Bowl title.
Anyone who understands football knows Kolb is not ready to lead the Eagles anywhere. It's just Week 1 granted, but anyone who watched the game yesterday cannot logically conclude Kolb is the answer at quarterback.
It's not a matter of experience, salary, age, or race: The quarterback situation boils down to this: Who gives the Eagles the best chance to win on Sunday?
Right now the answer is Michael Vick. Several times in the second half of yesterday's contest he looked like the Vick of old. He made a number of plays with his legs and threw some noticeable darts with his arm.
Vick was once the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. Vick was on the verge of revolutionizing the quarterback position before he decided to fund a gambling ring and kill dogs. For his stupid choices he lost his freedom, and two years of playing in the NFL.
The 30-year-old Vick is displaying that he's back, and ready to be a starter in the NFL and that time is now. Vick obviously has a lot left in the tank. He provides a dual threat that makes it more difficult for defenses to prepare for.
Meanwhile Kolb brings a handful of starts, potential, and youth to the table. I'm sorry but the latter does not compare to what Vick did pre or post dog-fighting days.
Based on yesterday's game how can anyone logically conclude Kolb gives the Eagles the best chance to win?
What has Kolb done to have such a strong vote of confidence?
Frankly speaking Kolb does not give the Eagles the best chance to win. He's not a better quarterback than McNabb or Vick.
Reid suggests if Kolb is healthy he will start next week. I say healthy or not leave Kolb where he belongs.
That's on the bench.
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