The Eagles’ quarterback situation is an interesting one to say the least. As things stand right now, Michael Vick is the starter and back up Kevin Kolb is the NFL’s poster child for trade bait. The clipboard holder, also known as the 3rd string QB, is Mike Kafka who will be entering his 2nd year in the NFL. The overwhelming majority of fans, sports writers, and anyone who knows anything about the Eagles believe that Kolb will be traded once the league gets back to business as usual regarding player movement. So let’s take a look at what the future might hold for their QB situation.
Michael Vick will be 31 years old when next season begins. Granted, that’s not old for quarterbacks in general but for those who play the game the way Vick does we need to consider the point at which his physical skills will diminish thereby being left with just a pocket passer. Can he still be an effective QB as mainly a pocket passer? As great as I think he played last year I’d have to say no, he would turn into Donovan McNabb Part II real quick (can’t escape the rush as well, problems with accuracy, poor decision making, etc). Vick takes a tremendous amount of hits due to his running and has only played one full season in his career. With his style of play, I give him a maximum of 2 more seasons of effective play before nature takes its toll and the Eagles are left with a barely average QB who is in decline.
Vick’s health wouldn’t be such a worry if we knew Kolb was going to stick around. The one time starter has shown that he can step in and lead the team to victory. However, unless the league lockout situation lasts until late summer or early fall, Kolb will almost certainly be traded. At this point we may as well just assume that he won’t be with the team next season.
That leaves us with Mike Kafka, the 2nd year player out of Northwestern. Is he the future of this franchise? We haven’t seen anything from him so it’s hard to get a read on his pro skill level. But, I’ll go out on a limb and say no, he’s most likely destined to be a career back-up (and in the grand scheme of life, that’s not so bad). I doubt that the Eagles will be comfortable with him being the #2 QB and a 2011 draft pick as the #3. So, if and when they trade Kolb, we’ll sign a stop-gap veteran to fill in for next season.
The Eagles always plan for the future. Jeff Lurie selected Andy Reid to coach his team because of how well he was organized and the fact he had a very detailed plan on how to build a winning franchise. Reid is definitely the man with a plan and almost always stays the course (except for the whole Vick thing). In 2002 he drafted CB’s Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in the 1st and 2nd rounds even though we had highly touted starters in Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor. He planned for McNabb’s exit by drafting Kolb in 2007.
Do you think he’s currently planning what to do for life after Vick 2 years from now? You better believe he is! Here is my far-fetched homerific idea of a possible plan for our future QB…
It is not out of the realm of possibility that the Eagles could end up with three 1st round picks in 2012. Say what? That’s right, three 1stround picks. How, you ask? Well, there needs to be the perfect storm for this to happen. The Eagles have stated they’ve received a 1st round draft pick offer for Kevin Kolb. Assuming that wouldn’t happen until after the draft, that means they’d be getting a 2012 1st round pick.
Then, there is the aspect of possibly trading out of the 1st round in this year’s draft just like they did in 2007 and 2008. The 2008 trade with Carolina included getting their next year’s 1st round pick (which was used to trade for Jason Peters). If some QB-needy team feels an urgency to trade up from their 2nd round slot into the Eagles’ #23 slot to secure a QB in this draft, there is a good possibility that deal would include a 2012 1st rounder.
Combine them with our own 1st rounder and there you have it, three 1st round picks in 2012! And coincidentally, 2012 just happens to be the year a certain 6’ 4”, 235 pound touchdown throwing machine and the next NFL Golden Child will be available…Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Obviously the team who ends up having the #1 overall pick could be the Luck sweepstakes winner. But, if the Eagles had three #1 draft picks to dangle in front of that team, is that enough to trade into the #1 overall slot? Much would depend on what 3 picks the Eagles had but I’m sure a deal like that would be enticing on both ends.
I can dream can’t I?