ProfootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio was on 610-WIP’s Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi this morning and Angelo asked him how long Kevin Kolb, who is likely to miss this Sunday’s game with a concussion, would hang onto his starting job as the Eagles quarterback.
Florio answered the question by telling a story about then Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson and how he got injured early in 1998. Former Eagles great Randall Cunningham took over for Johnson near the beginning of the season.
Cunningham threw for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first start which was a Monday night game in Green Bay. The Vikings kept saying that Johnson was the starter and would get his job back when got healthy, but they continued to delay his return as Cunningham and the Vikings were destroying the league.
Johnson never got his job back that year, as Cunningham led the Vikings to a 15-1 record by throwing for 34 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. Florio believes Kevin Kolb’s return could be delayed, if Michael Vick gets on a roll.
There’s very little chance that Kolb will play this week since he can’t practice until Friday. The two biggest practice days of the week are Wednesday and Thursday. It’s unlikely that Andy Reid will send Kolb out there with little practice and only a week away from a concussion.
Therefore the pins are set up for Vick to do his thing against the Detroit Lions, but the Lions will have the benefit of getting the chance to prepare for Vick. I expect them to dare him to beat them from the pocket with his arm.
We all know what he can do with his legs. He’s proven to everyone that his legs are back, but can he stand in the pocket and run the west coast offense. That’s the question which will be answered on Sunday.
Will Vick be able to read the coverages and blitzes which he will confront? If the Lions prevent him from scrambling can he play a disciplined style of football by standing in the pocket and delivering the ball to the open receivers?
Can he run the offense and stay away from turnovers? Will he be able to get the ball into the end zone when the Birds get close?
Can Vick reignite the Birds deep passing game to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin? Will he continue playing well like he did against the Packers or will he struggle?
If he gets the offense running and destroys the Lions, it will leave Andy Reid with a difficult decision to make next week.
There will be a lot riding on the game on Sunday.