Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Podcast: Freeman talks Michael Vick starting

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick was named the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday evening, a move that shocked just about everyone .

Primarily because, well, what the hell is going on in Philadelphia? At least that's what CBS' own Michael Freeman asked when he initially wrote on the topic. So I thought it made sense to ask him the same question on a special edition of our podcast.

Freeman and I discuss whether Andy Reid and the Eagles know what they're doing, what the future holds for Vick, what the future holds for Kevin Kolb, if this move shifts the power in the NFC East, and whether or not Vick can regain "superstar" status.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:49 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 12:26 am
 

Vick named the starting QB in Philly

Posted by Andy Benoit

Shocking development in Philadelphia. Andy Reid has named Michael Vick the Eagles starting quarterback.

There are a myriad of different directions we can go here. We’ll start by covering the baseline: Vick has played phenomenally well in six quarters of action this season. He has his old speed back (or, 90 percent of his old speed, which still makes him faster than 90 percent of the NFL) and he hasn’t lost anything off the rocket arm that he never gets credit for. The inconsistent accuracy that has prevented so many people from noticing Vick’s rocket arm has not been an issue, either; Vick is completing 63.8 percent of his throws and has a passer rating of 105.5. M. Vick (US Presswire)

OK, now onto the political fallout of this decision. Reid traded Donovan McNabb, the decade-long face of the franchise, because the organization believed in Kevin Kolb. But all it took were two bad quarters from Kolb and six great quarters from Vick to erase that decision.

Now, Kolb essentially becomes nothing more than the long-term backup in Philadelphia. Think about it: what young passer has ever been given the reins, has had the reins taken back and then gone on to be a successful starter for that same franchise? Kellen Clemens hasn’t for the Jets. Kyle Boller didn’t for the Ravens. Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton didn’t’ for the Bears. Brady Quinn didn’t for the Browns. Matt Leinart didn’t for the Cardinals. Alex Smith might for the Niners (it’s still TBD). But Smith’s benchings have often been injury-related.

Young quarterbacks who have the reins taken away almost never bounce back. Perhaps the benching damages their psyche. Or, perhaps the quarterback wasn’t any good to begin with. The bottom line is, history says it’s highly unlikely Kolb will ever be a quality starter in the NFL, and it’s even more unlikely that he’ll ever be a quality starter for the Eagles. Exacerbating Kolb’s situation is the fact that this is all taking place in the City of Brotherly Love.

Of course, clearly, Reid’s decision is more about Vick than it is about Kolb. Vick impressed everyone during the offseason. We forget how talented he was (is), and since re-entering the league, he’s honed his study habits and all-around professionalism. Reid and the coaching staff must believe they can contend for a title with Vick in 2010 because, otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth sacrificing Kolb.

To remind you just how short-term focused this decision is, Vick is in the final year of his contract, while Kolb signed a two-year extension in April. (Will the Eagles try to sign Vick to a long-term deal?)

Normally, this type of short-term based decision is made by a head coach fighting to keep his job. But in this case, this decision is a sign of Reid’s stable standing in the organization. Reid wouldn’t have even floated to owner Jeffrey Lurie the idea of benching Kolb for Vick if he didn’t feel secure in his spot.

And how about the humility and courage it takes for Reid to nullify the reason behind the McNabb trade simply because this is the best move for his ball club? How many head coaches and front office decision-makers would be willing to issue this kind of “never mind” on the biggest personnel move of their career?

Reid deserves praise for doing what he feels is best for the team. And he deserves our thanks for letting us see the electrifying Vick again.


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Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 9:47 am
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Quarterbacks droppin like flies

Posted by Will Brinson



Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .

Up until Kevin Kolb's concussion, it sure seemed like the only quarterback controversies we'd see this season would be on a bunch of crummy teams. Now, the Eagles could still end up stinking, but it sure doesn't look ilke that will be Michael Vick's fault -- through one-and-a-half games, he's been absolutely dominant on the offensive end, prompting pundits to point out that he may finally be maturing into the quarterback everyone wanted him to be in Atlanta.

So, yes, he will be making a LOT of money this time next year, thanks for asking. Because, as we'll detail shortly, there are plenty of teams in the NFL that could use a potential Pro Bowler who can rush for 100 and throw for 250 all in the same game.

But, having said all that, it's necessary to understand that Michael Vick won't be starting for the Eagles and there is no "technical" quarterback controversy.

For now.

Kevin Kolb will get the nod this weekend against the Jaguars who, fortunately for him, appear to be vulnerable through the air, sitting at 29th overall against the pass (an even 300 yards per game allowed).

Also fortunate for him is the game being played in Jacksonville, as far away from the only people who believe there's a debate about who to start under center (that would be the ever wonderful Philadelphia fans) for the 'Guls.

One good game from Kolb and we all go back to not freaking out about Vick starting, watching him perform well in spot action, and debating about who'll overpay him this offseason.

Well, at least until Kolb's next bad game anyway.

The same can't be said for a number of other quarterbacks in the NFL, though.

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Matt Moore, for instance, may never see the field as a Panther again. That depends solely on how Jimmy Clausen plays this Sunday.

Admittedly (I use that word because I'm a Panthers fan who also dislikes Notre Dame and therefor find myself consistently conflicted about Clausen), the team has looked better offensively during the short stretches that Clausen's played.

He's young and he seems like he might be a bit of a bag, but at least he doesn't try to do his best David Carr impersonation by hanging in the pocket for as long as humanly possible before making ill-advised decisions.

Which, you might have noticed, is what Moore's been doing.

Oddly, it never made sense that John Fox wouldn't bother using Clausen unless the Panthers season was completely down the drain; he seems destined to leave Charlotte regardless of the outcome for 2010. But the early move to the rookie presents an interesting situation -- if the Panthers reel off a slew of victories and make a run (they're not winning their division or making the playoffs, but they can at least try), maybe it gives Jerry Richardson some hope that Foxy can coach up the young franchise quarterback and give him reason to offer the long time coach a deal.

Of course, Foxy might tell him to get bent and it won't matter. But that's another story for another day.

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Buffalo's "controversy" is only "controversial" in that it involves multiple quarterbacks -- anyone who didn't think that Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards were going be taking turns as the official Bills hide-a-mole all season along hasn't followed that team closely enough.

Really, the only surprise is that Chan Gailey decided to make a move this quickly. Or is it that he waited this long? I can never tell with that team.

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Vince Young and Kerry Collins have been taking turns swapping jobs for as long as Reggie Bush has been immorally gripping a Heisman trophy. However, all indications from Jeff Fisher are that VY is still the QB and Collins' cup o' joe on Sunday was merely because of the Steelers defense and how poorly it matches up with Young's game.

(Aside: Pittsburgh's just good, y'all. People are going to have to start profusely apologizing to Peter King in February if Troy Polamalu stays healthy. Unless those same people drafted Ryan Mathews on their fantasy teams anyway.)

That doesn't mean that Vinsanity is free of getting the hook in the future though; he simply has to keep his head together moving forward, and not be the reason why the Titans beat themselves. That's entirely possible, although games against the Giants, Denver and Dallas aren't exactly that first week freebie Young got against the Raiders.

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Oakland is now a "controversy free zone." Or something -- Tom Cable doesn't want to talk about whether Bruce Gradkowski is going to start, he just wants to know why JaMarcus Russell is wearing a Jason Campbell mask and still on his roster.

It's really outstanding just how horrible Oakland has made Campbell; not that he was Jim Plunkett (well, he wasn't Plunkett to anyone that has a modicum of sanity remaining anyway) before, but it sure seemed like he could be a shade above mediocre and manage to help the Raiders make a run. So much for that though -- Campbell's been 30 of 52 for a TD and two INTs so far in the season, good enough for a stinker of a 61.9 QB rating.

Gradkowski isn't exactly Plunkett either, but at least he's not Curtis Painter. Although, in hindsight, maybe Painter's job would be a lot less difficult if he just got traded to Oakland and had the opportunity to back up someone who's not Peyton Manning.

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David Garrard is our final quarterback who got benched in Week 2 for poor play. Fortunately, he was able to pull a Judge Smails on Luke McCown's hamstring just before the backup led the Jaguars to their second score of the day, allowing Garrard to sneak in and toss a potentially job-saving TD.

The removal of Garrard in a painful blowout to San Diego is interesting, if only because he'd looked so stout in Week 1 while the Jags were dismantling the Broncos. Oh, and because everyone spent all preseason demanding that Jack Del Rio infuse controversial concern into the depth chart, only to have him firmly reject the notion that Garrard might lose his job.

It's safe to say that Garrard is safe to play … for now. But if the Jags keep sink further behind the leaders of what appears to be a very difficult division, people could get panicky.

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Jamaal Charles and Jerome Harrison have to have kidnapped the children of their respective coaches (Todd Haley and Eric Mangini). There's no other explanation for why they see so few touches despite being so clearly the better backs on their team.

And I hear you, Chiefs fans who say "HEY SHUT IT, WE'RE 2-0, HALEY RULEZ!1" Also those of you who say, "Excuse me, Mr. Brinson, but Charles really doesn't do that much damage with his carries" -- I hear you too. But the thing is, and this is the thing: why not, you know, actually utilize Charles? Not that he should get the rock 30 times a game in between the tackles -- that would be silly. But a screen or two perhaps? That's not so much to ask, right?

As for Harrison, he has fumbled plenty and he has seen some shoddy rushing behind a Browns offensive line that only seems concerned about getting to the golf course; it just seems like Mangini keeps putting him in worst-possible scenarios, like getting three straight carries while being backed up against his own end zone. Don't worry, though, Peyton Hillis is there to not punch it into the end zone!

But, hey, maybe Haley and Mangini just really appreciate having two running backs that can handle the rock. It's not a problem like with quarterbacks.

Unless you're in Philly, of course. Then it's a "beautiful thing".

Well, at least until that first next bad game from Kevin Kolb.
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:41 pm
 

VIck is OK with Kolb starting for Philly

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just in case you thought Michael Vick, coming off two starting QB worthy performances for the Eagles, was going to declare that he should supplant Kevin Kolb as Philadelphia’s starter, well, you’d be wrong.

Coach Andy Reid said Kolb is still his starter when he returns from his concussion, and Vick seems fine with that decision as well. He said “it’s not going to be difficult at all” to return to his backup role. “I just have to make sure I'm ready to go within my package, and go out and help this team win football games,” Vick told the media after the Eagles 35-32 win against the Lions.

He seemed fine with it.

But you have to wonder how quick a hook Reid will have if Kolb has another first half like he did against the Packers last week. Considering Vick threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 37 more yards today, what happens if Kolb throws out another 5 of 10 performance for 24 yards in the first half of next week’s game?

When does this become Vick’s team?

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Report: Vick will start at QB Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As we had thought, the Eagles will start Michael Vick at quarterback this Sunday.

So writes the Philadelphia Inquirer, which cites a team source for the information.

Philadelphia QB Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion against the Packers last week, and he finally passed the subsequent concussion test he had to take today. But he can’t practice until Friday, and that will be too late for him to get heavily involved in the Eagles game plan for the Lions.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Kolb, Bradley pass tests, to practice Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley, two of the approximately 97* concussed Eagles players from Sunday failed the second phase of their concussion tests on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story -- both players passed the full tests and are cleared for practice.

The only problem is that they cannot practice, due to rules, until Friday. That means that Michael Vick will continue practicing with the first team in Philadelphia and remains the favorite to start for the Eagles on Sunday due to a lack of time for Kolb to practice and the potential risk for re-injury.

However, if Kolb is cleared and ready to return to the field by Sunday, don't discount Andy Reid rolling the dice and giving his new franchise quarterback a shot at starting (or at the very least, playing) -- the Eagles get the Lions this week, and given the numbers Jay Cutler put up against them last week, we can assume that Reid would rather nip the quarterback controversy in the bud and let Kolb play -- provided he plays well -- than have Vick put up monster numbers against the Lions and give the Philly fan base something to really chunk batteries at.

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*May be a slight exaggeration.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Kolb fails concussion test, Vick with 1st team

Posted by Will Brinson

The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.

Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.

"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.

Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.

The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.

But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.

It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Givin' Em the Business: And there was football

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed you from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Rank Who Why

1

"The Megatron Rule"
You can't fault the officials in the Bears-Lions game for costing Detroit a win. All they did was make a correct decision on a rule that stinks. Fortunately for everyone else (fans, wide receivers, etc), there's a pretty good chance that the NFL will change the ridiculous rule and figure out some way to make receivers end zone catches exempt from the possibility of being nullified -- it needed a high profile game to actually make that happen. Unfortunately for the Lions, they won't get grandfathered in.

2

Logan Mankins
If the reports are true, and Logan Mankins passed up tens of millions of dollars because he wouldn't make a public apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, I'd like to immediately nominate "Curb" as his new nickname, in an homage to Larry David and only something his semi-fictional character would do. (Although his resemblance to Zach Galifinakis is also startling.) The sheer inanity of being so stubborn about something like that is mind-boggling. I'd publicly apologize for you reading my writing right now for $50 and I'm definitely not that rich. Just kind of rich.

3

Philly Phans
Complaining about Philly fans booing someone is about as interesting as Dave Matthews is relevant to the NFL, but they really did take it to a new level on Sunday when they showered their QB of the future, Kevin Kolb, with early birds of the boo variety. I guess it's nice that it wasn't batteries instead, but the dude was already concussed so he might not have known the difference. It's just sickening to see people try and run Donovan McNabb out of town for 10 years and as soon as they do, turn on is successor and learn to love Michael Vick. Just completely illogical and probably expected.

4

The Jets
Karma is a punk, ain't it? The Jets spent all offseason running their mouths and then followed that up by spending the entire week before their game against Baltimore by running their mouths. Even after the game, they didn't really stop, only this time it was to backpeddle from their ridiculous expectations. Pretty clearly if they had a competent quarterback and a running back who didn't borrow Braylon Edwards' hands for an evening, they would have beaten Baltimore. And already won the Super Bowl.

5

America
Need more proof that the NFL is popular? Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles were trending topics on Twitter last night. As were the "Cheifs." That's right -- America is so S-M-R-T that everyone in our country can't figure out the old "i before e except after c" adage and decided to tweet a misspelled version of the team playing on Monday Night Football. Now, look, I make mistakes with typos and it's entirely possible that lots of it was driven by people laughing on Twitter about the misspelling. But people, this is why we have schools. Quit skipping.

6

Zebras
I'm all for "fairness" and "consistency" and whatnot, but, hey, you, referee/umpire dudes: keep it in your freaking pants next week, okay? I scored a penalty flag when I visited the NFL headquarters last month, and I'm not about to FedEx it back to Roger Goodell's office just because the guys in charge of calling the plays run out of flags halfway through the season. Plus, football's pretty much fun regardless, but when we're seeing 100 yards worth of penalties per half, well, that's just lame. Except the Jets -- keep penalizing them.

7

  T. Ocho
At this rate, the Bengals' wide receiving duo will make this list every single week -- one would think that in a beatdown from the Patriots (and no new reality television shows to watch ... yet) they would be relatively quiet. And they were. But their absence, ironically, was what made them most conspicuous -- neither Chad Ochocinco nor Terrell Owens were on the field for the first-half Hail Mary attempt that fell short, and neither of them would talk about it after the game. Unfortunately, the NFL isn't a "talk all I want when I want to league" so time to grow up, boys.

8

Randy Moss
Wide receiver divas are the norm in the NFL. But we never fully expect any one of these guys to get awkwardly angry in front of the entire NE press corps following a dominant Week 1 win. Moss did, though, and then he got rebuked privately by Bill Belichick. (And lest you think Bobby Kraft is happy about the events, see: Mankins, Curb above.) Fortunately, Moss isn't above public apologies: he went on Sportscenter Tuesday to make sure everyone knows just how fantastic a bank Capitol One is much he loves being a Pat.

9

Alex Barron
Gotta feel a little bad beating down on this guy (since he's already been eviscerated in the media for 36 straight hours), but I'm like 5'9" and -- a svelte, mind you -- buck-seventy, and I'm pretty confident that I could do a better of job of being a non-penalty-inducing offensive line speed bump than Barron. It's one thing to get called for holding. It's an entirely different thing to get called for holding on the final play of a Sunday night football game against your arch-rival during the final play of the game which would have resulted in your team winning.

10

Sexual Harrassment Probes
All of the arguments in the Ines Sainz - Jets locker room issue are just ridiculous. Kris Jenkins was ridiculous for trying to justify his "this is our locker room" stuff (and he paid a karmic price for it). Clinton Portis is ridiculous for talking about it on radio (and he'll pay a monetary price for it). The Jets are ridiculous for behaving like they did (karma again). And anyone who says "THIS IS A LOCKER ROOM. IT'S WHERE MEN ARE MEN AND WOMEN ARE OBJECTS. ROWRROWRROWR" is the most ridiculous sentiment of them all. Even if Sainz was inviting of certain behavior and even if her story isn't straight, everyone needs to remember that for the Jets, the locker room is the same thing as the office, so there's zero excuse for not acting like a professional. Unless you're Terry Tate.
 
 
 
 
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