In a game that was already guaranteed to be very emotional, even more stress was added to the cause yesterday. Michael Vick, who was named the Eagles starting quarterback on a full-time basis just two weeks ago, went down with a rib injury in the first half.
Kevin Kolb came in to take the reins, and led the Eagles to their only touchdown of the game. Despite his touchdown drive, his overall performance was pretty lackluster. He went 22-35 for 201 yards, throwing his single touchdown to Brent Celek. Despite completing so many passes, Kolb only managed an average of 5.7 yards per completion. In his limited time, Vick was 5-7 averaging 7 yards per completion.
With the cover-2 scheme the Redskins were showing Kolb, he was forced to complete all his passes on check downs. LeSean McCoy was his main target out of the backfield, looking to him 15 times and completing 12 throws his way.
It seemed going into the season that we all knew their would be a big difference in the way our offense functioned under Kolb. Last year, Donovan McNabb threw for a ton of big plays. This was something we figured would be lost a bit with Kolb, but figured we would see a lot more accuracy with the shorter throws.
When Vick took over, we saw the emergence of the long ball again. It’s exciting, but not necessarily something you want to rely on.
After a very short tenure as the 2010 starter, it looks like Kolb may get a shot at redemption. We got to see Kolb take over last year when McNabb went down with a rib injury. Will Vick’s injury cause him to miss the same amount of time that McNabb’s injury did? That’s to be determined. However, it looks like Kolb is going to be the guy again for the Eagles.
What happens now if Kolb plays great football in the absence of Vick? Vick shouldn’t be able to lose his starting job because of injury, right? It’s all a big question right now. Let the drama continue…