The Michael Vick Experiment
JOE MICHETTI: @PhillyBoy_54
Let me begin by stating I DO NOT believe this will happen. Michael Vick, according to some, has the ability the be one of the greatest Quarterbacks of All-Time! Vick has shown he is more than capable of being a prototypical pocket passer and has shown he still has the speed and escapability prior to his incarceration; however, Andy Reid's infatuation over Kevin Kolb has me pondering, would the Eagles really consider trading Vick rather than Kolb?
Going into the 2010 season the Eagles were Kevin Kolb's team. Andy Reid went out of his way to trade Donovan Mcnabb, and stated numerous times that Kevin Kolb was "his starting Quarterback". At this time Michael Vick was simply an afterthought after a disappointing 2009. Vick lacked the explosiveness he once had and pocket awareness along with the vision necessary to be an effective wildcat QB option. With an entire off-season under the radar Vick got back into "football shape" and lost nearly 25lbs and put on muscle; however without an open QB competition Vick knew he wasn't going to get his opportunity to start on an NFL team in philly. After a shaky preseason between both Kolb and Vick this past year many Eagle fans were worried if trading Mcnabb was the right move. Kolb was in line to make his first opening day start of his NFL career. Kolb had his hands full playing the Green Bay Packers who were eventually Super Bowl champions. After a porous first half Kevin Kolb would not return to the game after suffering what was called a concussion, and Vick hasn't looked back since.
Vick did a superb job in directing the Eagles offense which resulted in Eagles players, such as Desean Jackson, rallying behind Vick which propelled Vick into the position of a team leader, and later the face of the Eagles franchise. Both Head coach Andy Reid and General Manager Howie Roseman have both made it public that they never could have expected this type of play out of Vick. Over the past few seasons Vick has done everything in his power to restore his image to the fans and non-fans, but who's to say the Eagles would want him to continue to be the "face" of their franchise? I understand the success story Vick is and I want him on this team as bad as any other fan, but going over all possible scenarios is something that intrigues us bloggers.
Value: One possible reason the Eagles could trade Vick is that the Eagles have other holes to fill on defense and having 2 starting caliber QB's gives them the luxury of mulling over various trade options. Many speculate over Kolb's value of a 1st round pick and some change (3rd rounder or veteran player). So I ask, whats Vicks value? If Kolb is worth a 1st round pick plus, Vick has to be worth more, a lot more. One could argue Kolb has potential and doesn't have the milage Vick has which enhances his value, but we are talking about the MVP of the NFL if it wasn't for a certain 3 time super bowl champion QB (Tom Brady). SO, what value does an MVP have? I could not begin to even ponder what teams would offer to acquire Vick. Remember, the only reason the Eagles signed Vick was to rehab his football game and TRADE him for a high draft pick, well here's their shot. Vick had one good (great) season, does this warrant him as the teams franchise Quarterback for the foreseeable future? I could argue it does but for the sake of the argument, it was only one season. Teams now have film on how to control the Eagles offense under Vicks control by designing various cornerback and outside blitzes attacking the weakness of the Eagles on the Offensive line, specifically tackle. Winston Justice and Jason Peters both need to improve following a disappointing season for the most part. Peters picked up his play towards the end of the season but we need consistency on the O-line. Vick, as dazzling as some of his plays were, could have easily been avoided. Kevin Kolb is a prototypical West Coast offense passer excelling in 3 step and 5 step drops which allows him to get the ball out of his hands quickly allowing the Eagles trio of receivers to make a play on the ball and run after the catch. The Eagles ended the season flat under VIck so who's to say things will change?
If I am the Eagles I am trading Kevin Kolb, but what if a team makes an offer they cannot refuse for Vick? A price tag on Vick probably dosen't even exist; however, if a team offers the Eagles a 1st round pick and 2nd round pick this year along with a 1st next year and a veteran probowl player could the Eagles refuse that? I am under the impression the Eagles could pull the trigger on a deal evolving Vick, will they? No. Vick is simply too important to the Eagles team moral and is developing into a top 3 QB in the entire NFL. The holes on the Eagles roster can be filled through pending Free Agency and through this years NFL Draft. The Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick comparison will continue throughout both of they're careers. Keeping Michael Vick seems like the more logical and the most likely option, would I be surprised if Vick got traded? Of course I would, but I also know Kolb is a more than capable starter and will win a Superbowl and at some point in his career.