Controversy and being voted Most Hated in sports aside, let’s talk about Michael Vick and his value to the Eagles.
Before Mark Bulger was snatched up by the Ravens there was a lot of talk that the Eagles might have been in the market for a journeyman quarterback to back up Kevin Kolb. This scenario would most likely involve shopping Vick because there would be very limited use for him anymore.
It’s really hard to tell what the Eagles want for Vick and what teams would want him in the first place. A lot of quarterbacks changed hands this offseason and most, if not all, doors for Vick to start anywhere in the NFL seem to have been shut long ago. Vick has to play with a chip on his shoulder and has been doing so. He’s getting in better shape (supposedly Pro-Bowl shape) and has one season left with the Eagles to prove that he’s a capable starter in the NFL. This just might be his year to do it. But will it be here?
There are two scenarios you can look at when analyzing what to do with Vick. The first would be to keep him at the backup spot here in Philly and see if his off season was really as good as some were making it out to be. A different type of offense than what Kolb would be running would have to be maintained for Vick to bring out his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. If Kolb struggles at some point in the game, this may be very useful to spark the offense and catch a sleeping defense off guard. I would never want Vick out on the field if Kolb was doing well, there is no purpose to taking a young quarterback out of a game when he’s on a hot streak. To me, Vick and his offense is ONLY for when Kolb struggles or, at most, to catch a defense off guard in the red zone.
The second scenario would be to trade him. At best, I think the Eagles might be able to fetch a 3rd round draft pick. But if Andy Reid can do what he did in the 2010 Draft again in 2011 then I’m absolutely fine with a 3rd rounder. Mike Kafka is a great prospect but I certainly do not think he’s ready to be a back up, especially when your starting QB has as much experience as Kolb does(n’t). A journeyman QB would be needed. This guy, lets say someone like Chad Pennington or Jeff Garcia, would run the same offense as Kolb and can mentor him along the way. This seems to be a safer way to go, but you lose the potential edge that Vick would bring to the field. When he steps on the field, the opposing team has to think twice about what they’re doing.
I think Vick will stay in Philly, and he’ll prove his worth mid-season. I love discussing this topic with fellow fans and I would love to hear what you have to say about what Vick brings to the table. Comment on this post or send me a tweet @InsidetheIggles .