Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:47 pm

Odds on who will be Cards next QB

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Arizona Republic has come up with an interesting way to determine who will be the Cardinals starting quarterback next season.

After the disaster of last season – Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton all spent some time at starting QB – the Cardinals undoubtedly will be looking for a way to upgrade that position this offseason.

The newspaper has come up with (for-entertainment-purposes-only) odds to try to figure out who will take over next season, and there are some intriguing names on that list.

Including Ravens backup QB Marc Bulger (2-to-1), Denver's Kyle Orton (8-1), Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb (15-1), Washington's Donovan McNabb (150-1) and former Titans QB Vince Young (1,000-1). Interestingly, the paper believes one of three rookies who have declared for the draft – Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and Blaine Gabbert – has a better chance of starting at 70-1 than Hall does at 100-1.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:37 am

Vick okay being franchised? 'Absolutely'

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick would have been successful in a lot of places, but it's pretty clear that his specific situation -- in Philly with Andy Reid -- led to a lot of his comeback in 2010.

Vick, speaking with a local news station in a recent interview , clearly understands that and believes that the Eagles offer him the best chance to win a championship.

"Absolutely, absolutely," Vick said when asked if the Eagles gave him the best chance to win. "I know we're only going to get better as a team. I would love to stay here, love to be here, and I think this team gives me the best chance of winning a Super Bowl."

Vick mentioned that he didn't originally want to be in Philly (they didn't want to offer a one-year deal and had Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb on the depth chart already) but it's clearly grown on him. So much so that he offered the same answer when asked if he'd be okay with a franchise tag in 2011.

"Absolutely, absolutely. No problem," Vick said. "I think about my situation two years ago, and to me, it's about securing my future financially, but I was in a position where I didn'thave anything at one point after having everything. So now it's all just a blessing, so whatever it is, whether it's a franchise tag or long-term deal, or however my agent and the Philadelphia Eagles, or whatever team may be, work it out, I'm going to be happy. But hopefully it's here."

IT sure does seem like Philly would be the best spot for Vick -- if they can improve on the defense and shore up the offensive line, they could work their way into a team that can actually contend for a Super Bowl, especially if Vick continues to progress, particularly because of the explosiveness they've got at all the skill positions.

And, besides, if he keeps doing what he's doing (on and off the field) and saying what he's saying (same thing), there's no question he'll be getting that big contract sooner rather than later anyway.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 4:52 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The latest prop bets from bodog.com (playoff and offseason edition):

Who will be the starting QB for Carolina Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Free Agent QB 11/10

Jimmy Clausen 2/1

Matt Moore 5/2

A 2011 Draft Pick QB 6/1

Here’s what new coach Ron Rivera said today when asked if Clausen was his starter going into next season: “You assume right now until you find that other guy to come in and compete... He is a young man with some talent and some abilities and we have to be sure the guy who comes in as the coordinator as well as the quarterbacks coach understand that.” I think Clausen will get every chance to start next season, and I think he’ll be OK enough in the preseason to earn the starting nod for Week 1. And maybe not much longer after that.

Who will be on the Bengals roster for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Chad Ochocinco only 3/2

Terrell Owens only 5/1

Both Ochocinco & Owens 3/1

Neither Ochocinco & Owens 3/2

I don’t think Owens will be there at all. Since Marvin Lewis will return as coach, I can see Ochocinco coming back for another season as well (despite the fact he’s still “mopey”). But I don’t think he will. So, I’d go with neither.

Who will be the starting QB for Denver Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Tim Tebow 1/1

Kyle Orton 3/2

Other 3/1

It has to be Tebow, doesn’t it? Isn’t it written in the stars or something?

Will Michael Vick be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes -700

No +400

Yes. As the team’s franchise tag.

Will Kevin Kolb be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes +150

No  -200

Yes. As a well-compensated backup.

Who will Nnamdi Asomugha sign with?

Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Baltimore Ravens 7/1

Green Bay Packers 15/2

Jacksonville Jaguars 15/2

Detroit Lions 9/1

Houston Texans 10/1

Philadelphia Eagles 10/1

Denver Broncos 12/1

Oakland Raiders 15/1

Any Other Team 2/3

No idea. You’re on your own for this one.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:53 pm

Reid wants both Vick, Kolb back next year

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles are in a bit of a tricky situation now that their season is over -- Michael Vick is the clear-cut semi-savior (or something) and Kevin Kolb is the underpriced, but valuable backup who now might want to be traded so he can start.

For Andy Reid, it's easy though -- he wants both quarterbacks on his roster in 2011.

"Listen, I'd love to have them all back," Reid said Monday when asked about Kolb's status, via the Philadelphia Daily News. "I'm fired up to hear him say that [that he wants to be a starter somewhere in the NFL]. You want any player, especially a quarterback, to want to be a great player. That's important at that position. I would love to have him back. Same with Michael. I want him back. They are tremendous players."

The thing is, Reid doesn't really have too big a decision to make, because he can most likely have his cake and eat it too. That's because the Eagles should have the ability to franchise Vick (and will certainly have the opportunity to ink him to a long-term deal if they so desire) and Kolb's theirs.

Kolb's also shown he's enough of a team player to not complain about his role too much, and he's certainly not established enough to demand a trade with any real repercussions, particularly given the recent contract extension he signed.

There's a possibility that a problem arises if a) the franchise tag doesn't survive collective bargaining negotiations and b) a quarterback-needy team like the Panthers, Cardinals or Vikings lob a Godfather offer at the Eagles.

Only then will Reid really have to worry about saying anything other than "I really love both of these guys" and generic lines of the like.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:35 am

Kolb seems uncertain about his future in Philly

Posted by Andy Benoit
K. Kolb
With Philadelphia’s offseason just a few hours old, backup quarterback Kevin Kolb stirred up a little expected controversy.

Asked about his future after the wild card loss to Green Bay, Kolb, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, said, “I love it here, as everybody knows. My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere.”

When asked if he could handle another season as a backup in Philadelphia, the fourth-year pro said “I can’t answer that.”

Worth noting is the fact that Kolb is scheduled to only earn $1.4 million in 2011. The Eagles figure to keep Michael Vick as their starting quarterback once the CBA gets figured out and they can get him under contract.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:08 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 1:25 pm

Report: Vick will not play against Dallas

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles will rest quarterback Michael Vick this Sunday against the Cowboys.

It is a meaningless game for the NFC’s No. 3 seeded Eagles, and Vick has been feeling the effects of 19 sacks (and countless other hits) over the past six games.

Kevin Kolb will be the Week 17 starter (just what the Eagles had planned back in August, right?).

In case you’re trying to win a fantasy championship this week or just have a compulsive gambling problem, we’ll pass along Kolb’s numbers on the season: 6 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 1,035 yards (6.1 per attempt), 2-1 in games he started and finished.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:43 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Non-Brady MVP votes

M. Ryan would be the top MVP candidate in the league right now if it wasn't for a guy named T. Brady (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This week, seemingly everybody is proclaiming Patriots QB Tom Brady as the player who should be named MVP – including his former teammate, Troy Brown, who I talked to for this week’s Five Questions (or more) segment. After watching Brady dissect the Jets on Monday, that’s hard to argue.

But we’ve still got four weeks of regular-season NFL football, so Brady can’t be named the Most Valuable Players quite yet (I think that’s actually in the rules). That said, there are a number of players who have done quite a bit to help their respective teams this season that also must be in the conversation for MVP. What happens, after all, if Brady throws 10 interceptions in the final four games and the Patriots go 0-4 in that stretch?

Thus, this Top Ten With a Twist pays homage to those who are having hellaciously good years for teams good and bad and could creep into a voter’s conscience (assuming he/she doesn’t simply write Brady’s name in every possible space on the ballot). I’m not saying most of these guys should win; I’m just saying they should be considered.

10. Julius Peppers, DE, Bears: In his first season in Chicago, the defense, ranked as the third-best in the NFL, is a huge reason why the Bears are 9-3, lead the NFC North and own the second-best record in the conference (tied with the Saints). He’s recorded seven sacks and a very strong six passes defended and he’s forced three fumbles. You could also make a case for Brian Urlacher in this spot.

9. Drew Brees, QB, Saints: So many other quarterbacks have made big headlines this season – some for good reasons (we’ll get into those candidates later) and some for bad reasons (ahem, Brett Favre) – and it seems like Brees has been slightly ignored. That’s also because he isn’t the top quarterback in his division at this point and because the Saints are in danger of not winning the NFC South (more on the Falcons below). But the fact is that Brees is statistically the most-accurate quarterback in the league, and the Saints are 9-3 with a chance to return to the Super Bowl. That’s not too shabby.

8. Clay Matthews, LB, Packers: Remember how amazingly fast Matthews started the season, recording six sacks in the first two games? Well, he’s slowed considerably since then, and even Miami’s Cameron Wake has surpassed him for the league lead (Wake has 12 sack to Matthews’ 11.5). Matthews only has one sack in the past three games, but he’s still got a good shot at defensive player of the year (along with Julius Peppers, Steelers LB James Harrison, Eagles DE Trent Cole and Bills NT Kyle Williams), and he’s still having one heck of a year. 

7. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 5.9 yards per rush and finished 2009 with 1,120 yards and seven TDs, Kansas City rewarded him by going out and getting (gulp!) a legitimate RB in Thomas Jones. In his first two games of the season, Charles averaged 11 carries and 70.5 yards per contest, leaving some of us to wonder what was going on in Kansas City. But Charles has been awesome for the resurgent 8-4 Chiefs, averaging a ridiculous 6.2 yards per carry while gaining 1,137 yards.

6. James Harrison, LB, Steelers: You’d be forgiven if, the other day when Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was defending Harrison in another laborious discussion about fines, you would have scoffed when Tomlin said Harrison was having an MVP-type season. But look at the plays he’s made and the numbers he’s produced. Harrison is third among linebackers with 10 sacks, he’s defended six passes and produced two interceptions, and he’s forced six fumbles, best among LBs. And he does it for a top-five defense which could help the Steelers to a deep postseason run. He's the MVP of NFL fines, but he might be the MVP overall as well.

5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: You’ve got Matthews on defense, and now you’ve got Rodgers as the catalyst for an offense ranked in the top-10, despite a dreadful running game. Rodgers has been so impressive (a 65.4 completion percentage, 3,243 yards, 23 TDs and nine INTs) without the benefit of Ryan Grant and having to play with very little support in Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn (they rank 30th and 50th in rushing in the league, respectively). His MVP candidacy obviously will ride on whether he can get Green Bay into the playoffs.

4. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: A week ago, I might have picked Rivers a little bit higher, but he’s coming off a bad, bad home loss to the Raiders that dropped San Diego two games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. Not that Rivers played poorly, because he wasn’t bad. But it’s tough to get excited about a QB leading a 6-6 squad who very well could miss the playoffs, even if he is the guy who’s led his team to all six of those wins.

M. Jones-Drew has made himself a strong MVP candidate in the past five weeks (US Presswire). 3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: What would you say if I told you that Jones-Drew has rushed for at least 100 yards in his past five games and helped Jacksonville win four of its past five to take over first place in the AFC South? Would you say that man would be an MVP candidate? I would.

2. Michael Vick, QB, Eagles: Yes, he’s missed three games because of injury, but other than that, Vick is, bar none, one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he’s having a career season in a year in which he wasn’t supposed to be the starter (you might have forgotten about a guy named Kevin Kolb). He could, throughout his career, always change the game’s dynamic with his running ability (and he’s got 467 rushing yards, a 6.3 average and six scores this season), but he’s showcased his arm this year as well (63.8 completion percentage, 2,243 yards, 15 TDs, two INTs). He is absolutely a complete quarterback and absolutely an MVP candidate.

1. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: The “Matty Ice” moniker has already worn thin – unlike the “Pocket Hercules” nickname for Jones-Drew – but there’s no question that it’s reflective of his playing ability. Even when he doesn’t play altogether well – an example would be last week in Tampa Bay – he still somehow finds a way to lead Atlanta to a win. At this point, the Falcons are the best team in the NFC, and Ryan is the biggest reason for that. If Brady falls off in the last month of the year, my vote at this point would go to Ryan.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 4:05 pm

Casserly: Vick's value between Eli and Cutler

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick is a front-runner for the MVP award this year, but there's also plenty of concern about how the Eagles will handle his long-term future. As we've mentioned, they can franchise Vick (assuming the franchise tag survives the CBA), or they can sign him to a long deal and, most likely, try to trade Kevin Kolb.

Charley Casserly of CBS Sports discussed the issue with James Brown on Inside the NFL and provided a pretty good baseline for Vick and Kolb's respective valuations.

"He's unrestricted free agent next year," Casserly said of Vick. "However, the Eagles can franchise him at a one-year contract for $16 million.

"If I'm the Eagles, I would look to sign Michael Vick to a long-term contract. However, I'd wait until the season's over so I can get a true picture of what his value is. The second thing is I wouldn't want any distractions during the season."

Most interesting, though, is what the Eagles would look to pay Vick over the long run.

"Eli Manning's contract is valued at $16.2 million by the NFL Players Association," Casserly said. "Jay Cutler? $14.6 million by the NFLPA. I would put Michael Vick in the middle of that around $15 million."

Anyone who's seen Cutler play (versus Vick) knows that's a steal, particularly when the Eagles could save some money next year by inking him for the long run.

Speaking of saving money, many people will recall that Vick still owes the Falcons money -- Casserly reports that any money paid back by Vick next year could result in the Falcons seeing a boost in their cap space.

"Michael Vick still owes [the Falcons $6.5 million]," Casserly said. "Any money he pays them in a cap year, next year, will be credited to the cap, so the cap will actually increase [for the Falcons]."

And then there's the Kolb issue -- what do you do with a really talented pocket passer stuck behind Michael Vick? Well, you do the same thing that the Falcons did with Matt Schaub when he was on the depth chart behind Vick back in the day; you trade him.

If the Eagles decide to take that route (and, as Casserly notes, there won't be any trades if a lockout is in progress), he believes they'd probably seek something similar to what the Texans paid for Schaub -- two second-round picks.

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