Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Michael Vick To Lead Eagles

It appears that Michael Vick will be at the helm for the Philadelphia Eagles in their quest to make the NFL playoffs in 2010. This news comes on the heels of long tenured head coach Andy Reid emphatically stating on Monday that Kevin Kolb was the Philly quarterback of the present and future.

Why the change of heart? There are several possibilities for the change...let's explore them.

Vick is endorsed by the team.

It's no secret in the NFL that the other 52 players are behind the quarterback if he plays well and the team wins. Number 7 was fantastic in the 2nd half versus Green Bay and was brilliant in a 35-32 win over Detroit. The Eagles are confident knowing that Vick has the potential to make a big play on every down.

Kevin Kolb isn't ready.

When coach Andy Reid unloaded long time quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington, he proclaimed that Kolb was ready to lead the Eagles west coast offense to new heights. It became evident in the pre season and the season opener against the Packers that Kolb was not ready to be the offensive leader before he was concussed near the end of the 1st half.

Vick is simply a better quarterback.

If there is one thing we know about Michael Vick, he can play football at a very high level while Kevin Kolb inexperienced. Vick is a 3 time Pro Bowler and has lead the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs on a few occasions. We know he is a great runner as a quarterback and seemingly has improved as a pocket passer, albeit with a very small sample. In essence, Michael Vick is a proven commodity.

Andy Reid is on the hot seat.

While I personally don't subscribe to this theory, it is within the realm of possibility that Eagle head coach Andy Reid's job may be in jeopardy. While he has had tremendous success coaching Philadelphia, Reid has led the Eagles to just one Super Bowl appearance, losing to the New England Patriots. There is a golden opportunity to win the NFC East this season as no team has gotten off to a great start and Eagles ownership has told Reid to insert Vick as the quarterback to lead the team.

These are the possible scenarios as to why Andy Reid has decided to go with Michael Vick as the Eagles quarterback for this season. I personally believe that Kevin Kolb can be an effective leader and win football games but I also know that Michael Vick is a proven leader of offense and has the Philly locker room in his corner.

Now it's time to find out if Vick can lead the Eagles to winning football games or if he makes Andy seem like a fool. Only time will tell.

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