Michael Vick was able to turn the Kolb-Era into the Vickolution in a matter of one game, and in less than one week was named the starter. Once Vick was named the starter and was able to take command of the offense, the Eagles began to explode. The offense was unstoppable, and the Eagles were on a war-path to winning the NFC East and potentially the Super Bowl.
Vick brought the Eagles some unforgettable moments, as he led a 21 point comeback in the fourth quarter to defeat the Giants and clinch the NFC East. Also, the crushing defeat of the Donovan McNabb led Redskins in Washington on Monday Night Football. Then perhaps the best of all, snapping the losing streak against the Cowboys and handing Dallas a tough loss at home.
Vick’s success was unmatched this season as he took the starting role and was a constant candidate for MVP and eventually ended with winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Which is still an amazing award considering that Vick was a backup to Kevin Kolb to start the season, and was able to turn his entire career around.
Now, Andy Reid and the Eagles organization is once again in a dilemma. Vick is going to want big money to come back to Philadelphia next season, and more than likely it will result in a franchise tag so that they can work out contract negotiations.
But the question now becomes, does Reid want to take the possible win-now route and resign Vick and make another Super Bowl run? When on the other side of the plane, Reid has a young QB in Kolb that is full of potential and could be the future of the Eagles. Keeping Kolb and releasing Vick would be the future method and the long run alternative.
What now, Andy?
The Eagles have already announced that they want to resign Vick for a long term deal. But in reality, how long is a long term deal when Vick is already a 30 year old NFL QB? Especially when Vick is a scrambling QB, mixed with that age has to bring up a cause for concern.
Kolb has already said that he wants to start in 2011. That means that if the Eagles don’t name him the starter, he is going to be demanding a trade and playing for another team next season. Kolb could most likely get a late second to low first round pick as compensation, depending on the team he would be traded to.
Do the Eagles want to throw away their potentially up and coming QB in exchange for one or two seasons of Vick?
It’s a tough choice.
Considering that Reid has never won a Super Bowl, and that the Eagles offense has not looked this good in a number of seasons, the easy choice is Vick. The same guy who led the Eagles to another playoff appearance, and fell just short of playing the Falcons in the divisional round.
Reid is the type of coach that at this point in his career, everything is now based off of a win now strategy. That means that Vick will be an Eagle next season and that Kolb will be playing for some other organization.
Here is too next season, with Vick at the helm.