Originally posted by 5280High:
Yeah, that last sentence is really where the difference of opinion lies. I can see where people are coming from with VY and dont want to come off as discounting anyones opinion while stating mine. He does have a great record as a starter... but my view is he was more the beneficiary of a great defense and running game than quality NFL level QB. Which then leads to the opinion about Kolb and not wanting him as an insurance policy, where as the trade would not have been granted if the opinion was still high on him. They initially viewed him as a franchise QB when they parted with McNabb, but he got replaced after a relatively minor injury, which usually doesnt happen as starters rarely lose their starting spots to injury once they are healthy again. He lost his job to Vick in week 3. Compared to the Brady/Bledsoe situation or the Warner/Green situation where the starter was out for half the season and the entire season respectively while the back up experienced success. The fact Reid was so quick to pull Kolb after anointing him the starter leads me to think he lost confidence in his starting abilities pretty quickly compared to Vick. Anyways now Im just beating dead horses and will move on.
They rode the hot hand, at that point kolb didn't even get to show his stuff yet. Look at vick's stats in the first 3 weeks and tell me that as a coach you would bench him when your unproven "starter" kolb is no longer hurt...No picks, 250+ yds a game, multiple td's a game...Not to mention his running abilities.
My point about VY is that he's "good enough" as a backup, with the eagles great defense, qb friendly system, and run game, to still win some low scoring games for them if he has to fill in for a game or two. Similar to the way Sanchez never really has to win games by himself, never has to throw for 300 yds or something like that.
But if ANY TEAM hopes to win the superbowl, it's with their starting quarterback. Green bay lost rodgers for a part of last season do you think they could have done it with flynn? exactly. If they plan to keep vick healthy it just means they can't let him run like he did last season, at least make him try to avoid those body breaking hits.
Other than maybe the steelers, there are very few teams that have a #2 they can confidently throw in that will still win them games.(and the steelers are another one of those teams that wins some games with their run game/defense so they require little, statistically, from the QB). If the colts lose peyton, if the pats lose brady, dallas loses romo...these teams can't expect super bowls that year. I don't care if you're a "dream team"