Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:45 pm

Reid gives reason for benching Kolb

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, Eagles coach Andy Reid is trying to protect former starter/current backup Kevin Kolb. Protect him from the scrutiny of those enormously-sympathetic Philadelphia fans. Protect him from the local media who would “crucify” (Reid’s words, not mine) the young Kolb.

That’s what he told SI.com’s Peter King.

“He's a franchise quarterback,” Reid told King. “He will win games, and championships, for the Eagles. But I think it's a different deal when you go out there and can't make a mistake or you're going to get crucified, which is the way this thing might have gone if he went back in there now.”

Then, strangely, Reid denied making those comments. But as myfoxphilly.com points out, Reid later changed his mind and admitted to saying exactly that.

Apparently, he said through a team spokesman, he misunderstood a reporter’s question.

Why did Reid, then, repeatedly insist Kolb was the starter, no matter what Michael Vick accomplished on the field?

"I needed to buy myself some time, to think about this and make the right decision,” he told King.

I guess all of this makes sense. But it's kind of weird the way Reid went about making - and then informing the fan base of - this decision.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:08 pm

Week 3 Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, people, and there's no reason to think you should be sitting at your desk and actually working. Instead, you should be pretending to do work and actually listening to podcasts in preparation for NFL football this weekend.

Fortunately, Andy and I are here to help you out by providing a full-on preview of every single game. Except for Oakland-Arizona. That's the "game that shall not be named" because of it's total lack of awesomeness.

Anyway, we debate whether or not the Falcons can beat the Saints, we wonder why I'm stupid enough to keep picking the Panthers especially when Jimmy Clausen is starting, whether an 0-3 start can get Wade Phillips canned, and talk some Michael Vick.

Plus, we make some sort of stupid bet about Packers-Bears that should be more dangerous for one of us. Anyway, check it out below and don't forget to subscribe via iTunes .

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 7:02 pm

Eagles are fielding calls about Kolb

Posted by Andy Benoit

A Philadelphia Eagles source told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that the team has fielded calls from several clubs about a possible trade for quarterback Kevin Kolb. K. Kolb (US Presswire)

This does not necessarily mean the Eagles are actively seeking to move the fourth-year quarterback. But, obviously, it does not mean that they’re married to Kolb in the long-term (not that anyone in this country views marriage as a long-term deal these days anyway).

On Wednesday, Andy Reid was asked whether Kolb would be around after the October 19 trade deadline. "Listen, I can't predict anything down that far, nobody in this league can do that,” Reid said.

Trading Kolb might seem illogical in the short-term, given that Philly would have no backup for high-risk-taking, somewhat-injury-prone Michael Vick. But Kolb’s value is likely to drop with each week that he spends on the bench. The Eagles may be inclined to sign a journeyman backup, take their chances with Vick and get as much value for Kolb as possible (especially if they’ve secretly decided that he’s no good).

We don’t know where the organization stands on Kolb at this moment because we’ve learned not to trust anything that Andy Reid says to the media. In fact, if Reid is serious about a trade, he’ll likely profess utter faith in Kolb’s long-term potential. Whatever increases the value.

Some possible destinations for Kolb? Obviously, the Raiders, Bills, Cardinals, Jaguars and Browns all need help under center.
Everyone seems to think the Seahawks will be looking to replace Matt Hasselbeck. Kolb could be competition for Charlie Whitehurst.

The Vikings could be in the quarterback market next year, assuming they’ll be willing to experience a summer that doesn’t include Brett Favre jerking them around. Word is Brad Childress, Philly’s former offensive coordinator, is fond of Kolb. Childress is still close with Reid.
It’s also possible that Kolb could still be in Philadelphia next season. (Though it feels unlikely.)

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:19 pm

Did the Browns call Eagles about trading Kolb?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are some conflicting reports out there today about whether or not the Cleveland Browns called the Philadelphia Eagles to inquire about acquiring starter-turned-benchwarmer Kevin Kolb.

Mike Florio passes along a report from Anthony Gargano of WIP in Philadelphia, where Gargano claims that the Browns "already have called about a possible trade for Kolb."

However, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer called the report "untrue" on Twitter. Well, at least she said that a "report that the Browns called the Eagles last night" was "untrue."

And maybe she's right. But the circumstantial evidence involved in the situation at least would lend some credibility to the belief that there was a discussion.

To wit: Tom Heckert, the General Manager for the Cleveland Browns, was in Philadelphia when the team drafted Kevin Kolb. So, clearly, he's a fan. Also clear: he can pretty easily get in contact with Andy Reid.

Then there's Reid's response to a question about Kolb being on the roster by the trade deadline this year (or opening day next season) -- well, actually, non -response is more accurate, since Reid simply said he "can't predict anything down that far."

Finally, the Cleveland Browns have young talented players and no quarterback. Kolb would be an ideal fit for an offense that Mike Holmgren would want implemented and there's no reason to think that Eric Mangini would be opposed to starting someone other than Seneca Wallace, provided he has any pull.

So that's not to say that the Browns did call the Eagles and try to acquire Kolb, but it's a trade that makes some potential sense if Philly feels that their long term future is Michael Vick.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:20 pm

Reid confirms Vick is starter for rest of year

Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Reid addressed the media shortly before lunchtime in Philadelphia and you'll never believe this, but the topic was Michael Vick starting. Although Reid said plenty about the issue on Tuesday night when he initially announced the decision, there were plenty of nuggets that came from the presser.

Primarily, that Vick is in fact the starter for the rest of the season (or at least until, presumably, he gives Reid reason not to start him).

"Yes," Reid said laughing. "I didn't appoint him for one week, that's not what I did."

What Reid didn't find as funny was the question regarding the possibility of Kevin Kolb not being on the Eagles roster come the 2010 trade deadline or the start of the 2011 season.

"I can't predict anything down that far -- nobody in this league can do that," Reid said. "That's ridiculous. It's very similar to things that were reported -- there was nobody that influenced this call, it was my decision."

In case you don't understand "coach-speak," that's the definition of a non-answer.

To his credit, though, Reid did respond to a follow-up about listening to a trade for Kolb with a resounding, "No, I want Kevin Kolb on this football team."

But even that isn't a guarantee that Kolb will be on the roster -- there's the possibility of him being traded this season (highly unlikely) or being traded before next season (if Vick goes All-Pro and takes Philly to the playoff, you best believe he's getting at minimum a franchise tag). Reid at the very least wouldn't guarantee Kolb's future, even though he was willing to quite clearly do so when he traded Donovan McNabb.

That, clearly, would put Kolb's long term status in Philly at jeopardy, even though Reid remains behind the youngster.

"He was the first person I met with, and that includes coaches and administration and anyone else." "And I felt that was very important in this situation."

Just remember that things change pretty quickly in Philadelphia.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:05 am

Hot Routes 9.22.10: It's a dog-eat-dog world

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  • The Philadelphia Daily News , even amid a Phillies playoff push, is most concerned with reminding you about Michael Vick's past (see: right). Because, as Mike Florio points out , everyone needs to remember that Vick is getting a second chance! DO NOT FORGET THAT HE DID SOMETHING EVIL AND NOW IS GOOD. Otherwise this whole "he's starting now and the Eagles are winning" thing isn't any fun.
  • Chan Gailey is apparently exactly like Mike Shanahan -- because of his hatred for fantasy football players and use of as many running backs as possible -- except for the fact that his teams and running backs aren't worth playing/owning/using. To sum up: he's refusing to name a starter but he may or may not give C.J. Spiller more touches.
  • Pete Carroll, however, is all business, yo. You play like poop and he's gonna let you know. Optimistically, of course, but he'll let you know. In fact, he called out his main bro Matt Hasselbeck for playing so poorly against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
  • Derek Anderson shouldn't worry about getting yelled at. Well, maybe he could get yelled at, but he won't be benched immediately, as the Arizona Republic reports the team will be "patient" with him. That's probably because they don't have another choice.
  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the rivalry between the Cowboys and the Texans is just "a figment of fans' imagination." I've only been to Texas like once or twice, so I can't say for sure, but something tells me that if the Texans beat the Cowboys and push them to 0-3, they will be talking a lot. And something else tells me that if the Texans represent the state at Jerry Bowl 2K11, a certain Cowboys owner and his fans will not be very happy.
  • With Luke McCown out for the year, Todd Bouman is the winner in the "David Garrard Replacement" sweepstakes. Guess we can take him out of the controversies column now.
  • And we'll close with awesome news for the always awesome Hines Ward, who was sworn into President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Tuesday.
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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