Yesterday what is sure to be one of the most interesting and on going debates of the fall came out of nowhere. As I sit down to watch my Eagles season open against the Green Bay Packers I had high expectations. Despite the Eagles trading their franchise player for the last decade in Donovan McNabb I had high hopes for this game and the rest of the season. Kevin Kolb is the new starter and I'm a big fan. Last year when he made his first 2 career starts he became the first QB in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards in his first start including coming 9 yards short of passing for 400 against the eventual Super Bowl Champ N.O. Saints in his first start. The Eagles got alot of young explosive talent on Offense and I settled in yesterday afternoon to watch what I thought was going to be a shoot out between to young QB's Kolb and Rodgers. As the first half went on the game dragged on as a 3-3 tie. Even weirder was the fact that halfway thru the 2nd quarter Kolb was only 2-4 passing and Michael Vick had 4 carries for 20 yards. Andy Reid passes more then any coach in NFL history around 80% of his plays so for Kolb to only have 4 passing attempts and our back up QB to have just as many rushing attempts was very odd. Then it happened, the Packers sent a blitz and Clay Mathews wound up catching a fleeing Kolb from behind and crushed him into the grass. Kolb left the game with a concussion. Michael Vick started the second half and the Eagles were down 20-3. It was bad and embarrassing.......Then everybody watching re-entered the Michael Vick Experience without knowing. Vick completed his first pass. Then as the Packers blitzed again and Clay Mathews came around the edge looking for another victim Vick hit the right trigger and sprinted 36 yards downfield which got the whole crowd back into the game. He lead us back and eventually came short as we were down 27-20 with under 2 minutes on a 4th n one Reid called a QB draw right into the nose of the whole Packer defense. The Eagles came up short but they turned and ugly and sad day into one of hope, and excitement. Vick had over 100 yards rushing, and 100 passing with 2td's and 104 QB rating.
The ESPN headline read "PACKERS SURVIVE VICK." And just like that out of nowhere one of the sports worlds biggest icons 5 years ago before the injury and imprisonments exploding back into the scene ready to captivate the sports world again by sheer will, talent, athleticism, and a plethora of highlights that only Vick can create. Only Reid said after the game that Kolb will indeed start next week and is still the franchise QB as long as he is healthy.
My question to you is who would you start, and do you want to see Michael Vick turn his career and life around and become a fixture on nightly sports shows again. Are any of you football fans out there ready for the Michael Vick experience 2.0? And are the Eagles making the wrong decision by sticking by Kolb and not turning the keys over the Vick who sure knows how to drive.
I am a big Kolb fan I have been since i the first preseason game I watched with him and immediately saw why the Eagles drafting him with the 36th pick. He reminded me of a young Drew Brees because he's a pure pocket passer with the athleticism to evade the rush still. He throws perfect passes that seemingly glue right into receiver hands in stride. But Michael Vick is Michael Vick. At one point he nearly MJ'd the NFL with his athleticism and despite not being the best passer throws the tightest and hardest spiral in the league and finds a way to win. Well Vick looks like he's back in prime shape and remember in his prime he was one of the top ten players in the whole league at any position. A MVP candidate every year. A franchise player who use to lead the Falcons to the playoffs every year almost by himself. The Eagles are looking like they might need somebody like that more this year. And he might be able to do with the Eagles what Iverson did with the Sixers, pit them against the odds and the world and just go out and win and mesmerize every fan watching while he does.
I know there are a ton of people on this site invested in the NFL...Can I hear from anybody?...If Mike Vick caught another charge I bet that news would draw a ton of comments...
I think the Eagles should start Mike Vick in week 2. He really impressed me on Sunday. Last year, he wasn't in good shape. He looked stocky and wasn't as quick. This season, his teammates say he has gotten quicker and has lost weight. He definitely looked more explosive on Sunday than he did last season.
Most people in the NFL say that Kolb will be a very good NFL player soon, but yo have to go with what's working. I haven't seen enough of Kolb to really predict how good he will become. I have to see more of him. He only played in the 1st half. But when he was in, the offense wasn't getting into a rhythm and Kolb just couldn't get the job done. And I think that it was FOOLISH for the Eagles to bring Kolb back in the game late in the 1st half after he suffered a concussion. Concussions are very dangerous and are a very serious matter and shouldn't be handled lightly.
I think don't think that it was a bad move for the Eagles trade McNabb because it was inevitable and they wanted to play their young QB Kolb, but I do think that it was a bad move to trade him within the division to their rival, my REDSKINS. I think that when the Redskins play the Eagles this season, that McNabb will torch them. The Eagles are going to regret trading McNabb within the division.
WizofOf I completely agree especially about trading D.Money to a division rival trust me this city was livid about that and it will only get worse if he torches us when we play them which very well may happen although his receiving corpse seem like they got block hands because there was so many dropped passes Sunday night...It was weird watching that game and I was def rooting for McNabb because I wanna see him win i was always a McNabb fan dating back to Syracuse...The first thing i noticed about Vick was how skinny he is this year, last year he was jacked and didn't look fat just real muscular this year he is skinny and got his acceleration back and what is really interesting is that he is only 29 meaning he is still in his prime and doesn't really have any wear and tear on him because he hasn't been playing in so long. I do like Kolb and I think he can be like a Matt Hasselbeck type QB but Michael Vick is something else. If he is really back to his form I just don't know how you can not start him...At one point he was the type of player that as long as you had him on your team you were a contender and that is very rare in football but he was that good. I wouldn't mind seeing that again and having him make his comeback with my Eagles. It will be interesting because from what I heard Kolb isn't going to be cleared to play next Sunday meaning Vick will be the starter against a Detroit team that isn't big on defense and it's very likely the Mike lights em up to the tune of another 100 yard rushing game and over 200 yards passing with a few incredible highlights in an Eagle win and if that happens I just don't know how it's possible that you start Kolb in week 3 with a rejuvenated Michael Vick ready to take the league by storm again.
personally, i hate vick and would just assume he and never played another pro game again. But football wise, he defenitely looks like the better player and the eagles should go with him if he proves to be the better qb. I dont think you can yank the reigns fromyour starting qb after 1 1/2 quarters of football, but vick looks like he could be back to his old ways and that would make the eagles very dangerous.
Of course you keep making Vick press as hard as he can and make Kolb work harder. The more he impresses the more Kolb has to do to keep his job. If Kolb slips up you give Vick a chance. If not you keep telling Vick to work hard.
What I think is going to happen is when Kolb gets healthy and he will be the starter again and eventually find his rhythm and start passing well, however regardless Andy Reid will find a way to get Mike Vick around 15-20 snaps a game anyway and he will do good in them snaps making plays only he can make and what you will have is one of the most unique quarterback controversies ever and an interesting subplot during the NFL season...I am leaning towards Vick tho because like I said before he reminds me of what Allen Iverson did for us be that little leader who with his athleticism and unique playing style, and speed lots of speed, just put the team on his back and will us to victories...