Since the NFL season is all but over now, I’ve decided that it’s a good time to dust off the Couch and start writing again. I really do have the timing of Andy Reid in the last two minutes of a game. And no loyal reader, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, I’ve moved the Couch to some fancy new digs; bad back and all.
Enough of the self-deprecating crap, let’s get down to business. Well here we are on the brink of another off-season, and thankfully since we traded McNabb last year and installed Kolb as our starter, we don’t have to worry about the quarterback position this year. (I’ll admit the last two plus years of the McNabb-Kolb-Vick merry-go-round has made me appreciate more the near decade of stability that we had with McNabb. We should all remember that while we throw him under the bus, which is still acceptable and fun, but let’s not forget that.)
If you’re reading this column, then you know what happen last year with McNabb, Kolb and Vick, so I’m not going to rehash everything. The Couch batted .500 by saying that the Birds should absolutely get rid of McNabb and start the Kolb era (hit) and said there is no way that Andy would or should keep Vick the starter when Kolb was back and heathy (big swing and a miss.)
Now that we’re on the precipice of the 2011 off-season, Lockout not withstanding (I’ll be talking about that in the future), some of the moves the Eagles plan to make with their QBs have started to leak out. The Birds plan to franchise Vick and listen to trade offers for Kolb.
By franchising Vick, he will end up with a one year deal for around $20 million. There was never a doubt in my mind that this is what the Eagles were going to do with Vick. It’s the safest move to make on so many levels. First of all, no one knows what the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is going to look like. The Eagles don’t want to drop a lot of long-term money on Vick until they know what kind of protection they can put in the contact, so they want to ensure they aren’t paying him to do sit ups
in his driveway in federal penitentiary. It’s the smart, risk averse move.
Secondly, it’s a move that they can make right away without waiting for the start of the new league year, which will be dictated by whether or not there is a Lockout and when the new league year actually begins. It will keep Vick on the team with a one year contract, and it will make him try to prove that he is worthy of the kind of trust that a long-term deal entails. He’ll have to continue to put his actions where his mouth has been for the last two years. Hopefully, he will even take it upon himself to workout with other offensive players during the Lockout so they can be more prepared when/if the season finally start. That kind of action would speak volumes to what kind of team guy he really is.
You are probably going to be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks franchising Vick is a bad idea. And if you do, they’re a moron. Now when it comes to Kolb, you’ll probably be hard pressed to find two fans of the same opinion. So here’s mine. Unless the Eagles are offered a high first round picked plus another quality pick, they should absolutely positively not trade Kolb.
Backup quarterback is quickly becoming one of the top five most important positions on a NFL team. We all saw how Vick plays, do you honestly think he’ll get through 16 games next year? Me either. In fact, do you know how many quarterbacks started all 16 games last season? Twelve. That’s 12 out of 32 (37.5%) How many games do you think Kafka can win for us next year?
Kolb has “asked” to be traded to another team. That’s nice. I asked for a desk closer to the window at my job. I didn’t get it either. Kolb is scheduled to make $1.4 million next year. Do you have any idea what kind of deal that is for a borderline starting quarterback that you have holding a clip board? Not to mention one that’s been in the Eagles system for four years? Unless the Birds are blown away by an offer, there is no way that they should trade him. Luckily I think Andy knows that. Of course, I thought he knew better than to trade McNabb within the division. Turns out Andy was smarter than this idiot on with a blog.
Looks like we’re in for another off-season of will they or won’t they with an Eagles QB again. Hopefully this time they won’t show Eagles fans booing him at the draft (Yes, we did it again.) And to quote Andy, “‘For a chubby head coach to have two starting quarterbacks is not a problem.”