Coming into the season, we knew that the offensive line was going to be a bit shaky based on their performance in Training Camp and in the preseason. What we didn’t know, was that the offensive line struggles would force a dramatic quarterback change by Week Three. On Tuesday, Andy Reid shocked much of the national media by anointing the starting quarterback position to Mike Vick, even though Kevin Kolb has been cleared to play.
The offensive line was terrible in both weeks, and Andy Reid thinks he can hide his weakness, the offensive line, by having a quarterback that can extend the play. Reid set Kolb up for disaster coming into the season with his evaluation of the offensive line. It also did not help that Kolb was basically splitting snaps 50/50 in the first half of the Packers game. The Eagles made the Lions defense look like the ’85 Bears on Sunday. Even with Vick in as the quarterback, he was still sacked six times. If Kolb was in there, the outcome of the game would have been far different ,because he is not a scrambler. In my opinion, the reason for this change was not necessarily because Kolb struggled in Week One, but because Vick can keep the play alive despite the poor play of the guys up front. Reid thinks that he can salvage the season with Vick’s ability to make plays.
Kolb’s tenure is all but over in Philadelphia. You made him your guy, but after one half of football you throw him back on the bench? Come on Andy, where was this evaluation in the offseason when you decided to trade McNabb? You are once again in the same predicament that you were last year, only this time more questions linger. Vick was always a tremendous athlete, but he was never a great passer. What happens if Vick isn’t what you think?
You officially lost Kolb with this move. You destroyed his confidence. This move went against everything you have said since you traded McNabb. Kolb deserved the chance to prove himself to the fans and to the organization. This really makes you wonder about the decision making and evaluation of talent over there. With the movement of McNabb, and now the decision to throw Kolb back into a back-up role, this has put Reid under the microscope big time. If this situation turns out to be a disaster, then Reid should surely be fired. You have to wonder what Reid is thinking.
One thing is for sure though, somewhere down Interstate 95, Donovan McNabb must be chuckling.