Whether sports fan or animal rights activist, chances are that you know the name of NFL quarterback Michael Vick as well as the trials and tribulations associated with the current member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Plenty of rumors have been swirling around since the incident that occurred outside of a restaurant where Vick’s birthday party was held on June 25th and co-defendant in his dogfighting case Quanis Phillips was shot in the leg. One of those suggestions has been that his current employers in Philadelphia are considering cutting ties with the much maligned quarterback and saving themselves from the storm of negative press.
This idea seems sensible on the outside until realizing that Vick is the only experienced quarterback that the team has on its roster. After the monumental trade this offseason that sent long time starter Donovan McNabb to the inter-division rival Washington Redskins, Philly Head Coach Andy Reid has named Kevin Kolb as the team’s starter. It’s not like Kolb has never taken an NFL snap or anything, but two starts isn’t exactly the overwhelming resume to take over for a certain future Hall of Famer under center.
Those two starts came early on in the 2009 season when McNabb was injured and Kolb put his name into the record books quickly. He became the first quarterback to ever begin his career with back to back 300 yard performances including an ultra-impressive 31 for 51 outing against the New Orleans Saints in week two. Overall in just a little more than two games of work in 2009, Kolb produced an 88.9 quarterback rating, 741 yards passing, and 4 touchdowns countered by 3 interceptions. The Eagles are quite confident that Kolb can produce as their starter in 2010 and seasons to come so why must they hang on to Vick any longer amidst all of this controversy?
In the NFL, the backup is always only one play away from becoming the starter and the team really has no one left on their depth chart at quarterback after Kolb and Vick. Names like Daunte Culpepper and former number one overall pick Jamarcus Russell are still on the open market, but the Eagles have to like Vick with a year in their system under his belt over either of those two. This situation could get dicey for Philly if Commissioner Roger Goodell chooses to discipline Vick in regards to his presence near one of the associates from his dogfighting days that he is supposed to be avoiding. If the hammer is dropped it will likely send the Eagles scrambled for a quality veteran to backup their still somewhat unproven starter in Kolb for the 2010 season.
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