The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday but that was not the biggest loss for the team. The Eagles lost four key starters to injury. Done for the season is pro bowl fullback Leonard Weaver with a torn ACL as well as center Jamaal Jackson who suffered a torn bicep, meanwhile they also lost linebacker Stuart Bradley to a concussion. But the worst news of all came at halftime.
The Eagles' season opener had them sporting new look jerseys, a 1960s throwback to honor the 50th anniversary of their last championship team. The team was also sporting a new look quarterback, Kevin Kolb who replaced 10-year starter Donovan McNabb but as quick as the Kolb era started, it could very well have ended. Kolb suffered a concussion right before half time when he was sacked and landed face first into the turf. The trainers did a number of test on him and he did not return to the game.
As the second half started, so did the Michael Vick era in Philly. The Eagles were down 20-3 when Vick took control of the offense. Even though Vick was unable to rally the Eagles to a win he helped spark a team that looked dead in the first half. He lead the Eagles to three second-half scoring drives and helped turn a 17-point deficit into an opportunity to win. The Packers stopped the Eagles late in the game on a fourth and one, where Vick ran a shotgun quarterback sneak up the middle ultimately ending the Eagles' chances of a rally. Vick went 16 for 24, passing for 175 yards and rushing for another 103. He threw one touchdown and finished the day with a 101.9 quarterback rating, begging just one question.
Why is Michael Vick not a starting NFL quarterback?
Well it appears as though for now, he is. The Eagles have not yet released any timetable as to when Kolb could return to the team, which means it is Vick's team for the moment and he has earned it.
Vick who has matured at his position, looked more like an authentic NFL quarterback on Sunday. He did almost everything right, except for forcing a pass to DeSean Jackson on third and goal when he clearly had the space in front of him to run the ball in causing the Eagles to settle for a field goal. If that is his only mistake then Eagles fans certainly will take it.
“I feel like if I was out there for four quarters, maybe we would have had a chance to win the game,” Vick said at his post game press conference.
Now depending on the severity of Kolb's injury and how Vick plays in the upcoming weeks, coach Andy Reid has a choice to make. He needs to ask himself whether he wants to stick with Kolb, the player the team has invested so much into to get where they are, or Michael Vick, one of the NFL's most loved villains.
The decision should come easy for the coach who acts like he has won three Super Bowls like Bill Belichick. In one corner there is Vick, who has an on-field resume which includes a start in the NFC championship game. In the other corner is Kolb, who is a rookie and has only played in a dozen career games.
It might be time to let Vick's past go and to see exactly what the 30-year-old is capable of on the football field. He showed yesterday he can still compete at a high level even against one of the better defenses in the NFL. We will simply have to wait and see what Reid's decision will be.
Hey Philadelphia, do you miss Donovan Mcnabb yet?