When the season started, the Kevin Kolb era began. But after a concussion and lack luster 1st half in the regular season opener, Michael Vick got the start in weeks 2 & 3, and looked as good as he ever has. With pressure from a good portion of the fan base and the majority opinion of the national sports media, Head Coach Andy Reid named Vick the starter going forward.
That set the stage for a Vick-McNabb showdown in week 4. Only problem was, Vick got hurt in the first quarter. Kolb entered and did okay but the Eagles lost and many in Philly had a feeling the season would be lost if Vick couldn’t return.
But after 2 very good Kolb performances, and 2 wins vs. San Francisco and Atlanta, moving the Eagles into a tie for 1st place, the debate is back on. Who gives the Eagles the best chance to win this year? What makes sense from a long-term perspective? Can they both be used? Should they just continue to go with the hot hand?
My solution is simple and should make the most sense. Start Kolb and mix in Vick after the 1st quarter. This would allow Kolb to get into a rhythm and the addition of Vick will give opposing defensive coordinators a major headache. If you start Vick, Kolb can’t be utilized.
After 6 weeks, the NFC doesn’t appear to have any front-runners. If at least one of the Eagles’ quarterbacks can stay healthy, they’ll have a good chance to be in the mix later in the year and keep Philly sports fans happy.
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Tom Glatz, Bucks County, PA
I’ve lived in the Greater Philadelphia Region my entire life and have been watching/following sports since I was 5 years old! I have grown to love all that is Philly sports – Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Big 5, Army-Navy, etc. I love talking/chatting sports with those who like or hate the Philly teams. I tell it like it is, whether in favor of our Phillies or in favor of those DAMN YANKEES! 😀
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