Posted by Will Brinson
The Michael Vick/Kevin Kolb saga is the most amazing thing to happen to someone charged with writing a job competition column since Trent Green's spinal cord Jeff Garcia.
That being said, I think Vick's still getting the nod when he's healthy -- the "chubby" and "happy' Andy Reid pointed out (again) that he's got a "beautiful" situation and he does, primarily because Vick and Kolb are besties. (Or "BFF's" if you prefer.)
The Eagles travel to Tennessee for a tough Week 7 matchup, but there's no real reason to use Vick there -- the Titans put tons of pressure on the quarterback, Philly's offensive line is banged up and Vick isn't entirely healthy.
Make him the third quarterback, let Kolb prove himself at a high level again and cruise into the bye, at absolute worst, just one game back of the NFC East division lead.
Following the bye, Reid's decision isn't even that tough, because he's established that Vick is his starter. Once the speedster's healthy, hand him the reigns and let Michael Vick do what Michael Vick do.
Is that a slight to Kolb on Reid's part? Sort of, but not anything that's worse than what happened to him earlier this year. Plus, Kolb's under contract, he's not going to become worse by getting more time to develop, and Vick, regardless of the outcome against Atlanta, gives the Eagles the best chance to win.
Look no further than some of the "big" throws that Kolb made -- his bomb to Jeremy Maclin was fantastic, but it was also underthrown a little bit. Watch the replay and you can see Maclin, who was way past wide open, hesitate a little.
Similar things (wobble much?) could be said for some of the throws he made earlier in the game. That's not to say he's bad by any stretch. It's just that Kolb throws darts, Vick slings lasers and if Vick's healthy, he needs to be Philly's guy.
Steve Young, in recapping Monday night's game, suggested vaguely that David Garrard's concussion might actually be more of a "concussion," if you know what I'm saying.
If you don't, Young was implying that perhaps Garrad didn't suffer a concussion (in fairness to the Hall of Famer, the contact with his head on the turf was light and Garrard wasn't exactly playing lights out) and that he got yanked for stinking up the joint.
Enter Trent Edwards, who actually kind of inspired the Jaguars' offense for the final two minutes of the first half.
Of course, one Mercedes Lewis fumble later, and Edwards spent the first two minutes of the second half helping put Jacksonville in a worse hole.
Young's skepticism aside, it seems like the injury to Garrard is legit -- on Wednesday, he wasn't at the Jags' practice facility and the team had already signed Todd Bouman for the 4,535th time this season.
Plus, they added Patrick Ramsey to the roster on Wednesday; desperation is clearly in the air.
The only logical move is to roll the dice with Edwards and pray that he does well. If that happens, Jack Del Rio needs to dump about 10,000 pounds of Rophenol in the Jax River and hope everyone forgets about that Garrard extension.
Colt McCoy "didn't look lost" against the Steelers, which is pretty freaking impressive, considering he's a rookie, he has zero offensive weapons, and Pittsburgh brings the devastating pain on defense.
As such, there's no reason to consider starting anyone else -- McCoy gives the team at least hope for the future, because of his success at Texas and the fact that Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are, combined, probably 80 years old.
Of course, that essentially turns Delhomme into a $7 million paperweight, but it's not like no one saw that coming when Mike Holmgren signed him.
Matt Moore is the starter in Carolina once again, and, well, it seems pretty obvious that the Panthers are about to rip off a six-game winning streak, right?
Wrong. That's the homer in me talking. Oh, and by the way, I totally took Carolina with my pick this week, like an idiot, again.
So you can probably expect two or three picks from each QB. Unless, you know, Moore wants to do what he did at the end of last year (read: not be terrible), in which case I called it above. ****
- The Chiefs might have lost two straight, but it's totally conceivable that they could still be undefeated. As a result, it's hard not to concede that Todd Haley's done a pretty darn good job managing the Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles combo. Sure, Charles' fantasy owners hate it, because he's not guaranteed monster touches, but it's probably better for him all around.
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