Sticking to his guns like he holds onto 2nd half timeouts, Eagles head coach Andy Reid went back on his post-McNabb-trade assertion that Kevin Kolb was the team’s starting QB yesterday – replacing him with Michael Vick.
I know there’s some sort of “starter shouldn’t lose his job because of injury” mantra in sports circles, but a player should lose his starting role, you know, if he stinks. Kolb had been McNabb’s heir-apparent for a couple of seasons and when the team jettisoned their all-time leading passer and multiple ProBowl QB this past spring, Big Red declared that Kolb was “ready” and was going to give the team a better chance to win than McNabb.
Fast forward to the summer:
Kolb has a mediocre-at-best pre-season, but everyone said to themselves invoking a decades-old protective chant: “It’s just the pre-season.”
In the opener versus Green Bay, Kolb was 5-for-10 for a whopping 24 yards – the longest pass play netting about the length of my lab bench. The offense looked listless. Then he got hit and had a concussion. Vick came in and the offense woke up. Vick threw for 175 in one half of play and did a pretty good imitation of making a comeback. They played for Vick. The offense clicked again in a win against the Lions last week, while Kolb was still recovering.
Now fully alert, Kolb is again standing on the sidelines. His glory years of leading the Eagles reduced to 30 forgettable minutes. I feel bad for the guy, but in the push-come-to-shove-what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the NFL, he was not getting it done. Maybe Andy looked around at the over-rated Cowboys sluggish start and the middling Redskins and Giants and decided – the heck with learning-curves and rebuilding, I can win the NFC East this year!
For me, I suppose the real story isn’t really about the demotion, but that the original decision to ditch McNabb now looks like a complete catastrophe. Kolb was supposed to be the future – the “winner” that McNabb couldn’t quite rise to be in the clutch. Now he’s not even your starter and my guess is will be traded before too long (apparently the Browns have started to make overtures…).
And when Kolb is wearing other colors and Vick gets hurt on a scramble, your Eagles’ QB will be a guy named Kafka. Why does that seem appropriate?