I don’t care how many people deny it and I don’t care how many times it’s denied, there is a quarterback controversy here in Philadelphia. Any time the backup quarterback plays better than the starting quarterback, there’s a quarterback controversy.
That’s the situation we have now with Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Before the game began today in Detroit, Andy Reid made an announcement that Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley had been cleared to play next week. It seemed like Reid’s attempt to shutdown the quarterback controversy which has dominated the Eagles news here in Philadelphia for the past week.
It was good news for Kolb and Bradley and good news for the football team but it didn’t diminish the quarterback controversy because of the way Vick played against the Detroit Lions.
Like it or not, Michael Vick is playing the best football of his NFL career. He showed all the naysayers he can run the offense out of the pocket. He made all the throws both deep and short, while moving the Birds up and down the field on the way to 35 points.
At times, Vick was a like a Ninja with eyes in the back of his head. There were pass rushers with free shots at him, but they came up with nothing but air in their finger tips. I don’t know how he made it out of the game in one-piece, but anybody who watched the game has to give him credit for being one tough son-of-a-gun.
The Lions defense was doing everything they could do to get to Vick but he was finding ways to make plays. He used his legs, experience and quick release to make things happen. The most amazing thing about Vick’s performance was the fact that he made most of his plays from the pocket and ran only four times.
Despite being under constant pressure and being sacked six times, Vick finished with an above 100 quarterback rating for the second week in a row, this time at 108.0. Vick performance was remarkable and is sure to have a line of teams trying to sign him when the season is over.
The first touchdown to DeSean Jackson was a thing of beauty. Jackson ran a simple stop route, Vick got him the ball and little DeSean took off and outran the Lions secondary for six points.
Vick hit Jeremy Maclin with a touchdown throw just before the half, despite having two Detroit defensive players right in his face. Lions pass rushers were turned loose on him all day long. I know Kolb will be starting next week but I don’t know if he can survive behind this offense line.
Vick bought time on one play in the second half by escaping the pass rush and rolling out to his right. He keeps his eyes downfield now rather than taking off on a run. On the forementioned play, he and hit Jackson with a throw near the sideline after buying time. It showed the development of Vick as a quarterback because he turned a chance to run for twenty-yards by throwing it to get a twenty-yard game.
Vick did throw a couple of ill-advised passes that should have been picked off, but all in all, he did a remarkable job and has put himself in position to make millions next year for somebody else.
Kolb will start this week, but the quarterback controversy will not die down until he goes in there and plays well. I hope they’re not rushing him back because he sure to get hit next week after the Jaguars see how bad the Eagles offense line plays.
If Kolb doesn’t play well, the clock will be ticking on him, but Reid will be able to stay with him for a while. Regardless of how adamant Reid is about staying with him, at some point, Kolb will be removed from the lineup, if he doesn’t start playing well.
Yes, Reid will be patient with Kolb because he is the guy, who they drafted and gave the job to, but they can’t continue to keep him in there forever, if he doesn’t start playing well. The football fans of this city and the players on the Eagles roster know they have a guy on the bench who can get it done.
If Kolb had played today, he would have been sacked 15 times and would have been carted off.