Prediction: Kevin Kolb Will Be A Titan In 2011Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Both men have earned the reputation of maintaining stability within their respective organizations.
There is one distinct difference between the two: Their handling of the quarterback position, especially recently.
While Michael Vick is making Reid look like a genius by performing in ways no human could have predicted, Fisher is at a crossroads with Vince Young.
Young recently had season ending surgery, but he was already struggling with establishing himself as a franchise QB.
During the 2008 season Young lost his starting job to Kerry Collins, whose re-emergence led the Titans to a 13-3 record.
Despite losing in the Divisional Round to the Baltimore Ravens, Fisher decided to stick with Collins.
Last year, the Titans started the season 0-6 with Collins at the helm. That caused owner Bud Adams to order Fisher to start Young. Tennessee went 8-2 to finish with a respectable .500 record.
This season, the Titans started off 5-2 and looked like contenders. They are currently on a four game losing streak and the future looks troubling in Nashville.
The relationship between Fisher and Young has come to a point where Adams may have to choose between his coach and his signal caller. The obvious choice is Fisher.
Young has earned a reputation of being unstable and immature. On top of that, he has trouble staying healthy. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, the Titans can afford to release him.
How would the Titans address the quarterback position? Do they continue with Kerry Collins, who turns 38 this month? They surely can’t turn to Rusty Smith.
In come the Eagles and Kevin Kolb.
There is nothing Kolb can to at this point to regain the starting position from Michael Vick. Vick brings a dynamic no other individual can bring.
In addition to Vick’s re-emergence to stardom, the Eagles also have been developing rookie Mike Kafka to be a competent backup.
Both factors make Kolb very expendable. That said, he’s a very capable of starting for an NFL franchise. The Titans would make an excellent fit for Kolb and vice versa.
The Titans have a decent offensive line and competent weapons in Chris Johnson, Nate Washington and Kenny Britt. They also have two decent tight ends in Bo Scaife and the developing Jared Cook.
In addition, Kolb’s personality would fit well with Fisher’s style of coaching.
Now, I know many are reading this and wonder why I pick Kolb going to Tennessee over teams like Minnesota, Arizona, Buffalo and San Francisco. The answer is trade value.
The Eagles are not letting trading Kolb in any deal not involving a 1st round pick. The Vikings, Cardinals, Bills and 49ers are all heading towards Top 10 selections for 2011. Kolb isn’t worth that much, especially with guys like Andrew Luck, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett poised to be the next successful QB draft class.
The Titans, on the other hand, are likely to pick in the mid-teens. They’re not getting drafting a franchise QB there. If the Titans let Young go, do you think Fisher will look to Cam Newton?
It’s realistic to see Kevin Kolb traded to the Titans for their 2011 1st and 3rd round picks.
Teams will give up extra if they believe they’re getting a franchise QB. Look at the 2007 trade Houston made with Atlanta to obtain Matt Schaub (who played considerably less that Kolb before that deal). The Jets gave up two picks and three players to move up and draft Mark Sanchez in 2009.
If Kevin Kolb is traded to Tennessee, it will be a winning situation for all parties involved.
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