Have you noticed how the evaluation of quarterbacks has changed here in Philadelphia over the last year? It used to be that a quarterback was judged by the Super Bowls they had won or the likelihood that they would lead this current Eagles team to a Super Bowl victory.
That was stressed and rightfully so because ultimately that’s the goal or should be the goal of every team in the National Football League.
I think that’s the reason Andy Reid decided to go with Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb as the team’s starting quarterback.
I believe Reid realized that if he doesn’t have a big-armed quarterback with tremendous escapability to avoid the pass rush and get the ball deep to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, he won’t have any success with this football team.
I believe Reid realized that Kolb’s strengths don’t gel with the talents of his current wide receivers, especially Jackson. He’s not a classic west coast receiver, who can take the hits that are dished out by safeties and linebackers when a receiver is going across the middle.
If you’ve noticed, Kolb has most his success throwing the ball in the middle of the field. The slant route is an anchor of the west coast offense, but how many of them have you seen run by Jackson this season. It doesn’t make sense to have him run slant routes and give the safeties and linebackers a chance to knock him out of the game.
You’ve got to get the ball deep to him. It’s that simple. Vick like Donovan McNabb has a cannon for an arm and can get the ball deep to Jackson. It’s not so easy for Kolb.
Therefore it’s unlikely that Kolb can lead this current Eagles team with Jackson as their premiere weapon to a Super Bowl title.
Yes Super Bowl title. That was supposedly the reason we traded McNabb to Washington. All that mattered here was winning a Super bowl title.
Now the focus is on the feelings of the quarterback. The media coverage of the Eagles quarterback position has done an about face.
It’s changed to the point where there’s now more discussion of how a quarterback feels about being benched as compared to whether his play or limitations warrant it. Since when did we care how a player feels about being benched.
Shouldn’t it be about leading us to a Super Bowl title?
I don’t remember hearing the “how does he feel” discussion when we were discussing taking the ball from Brad Lidge last year, just a year after he led us to a World Series title and had a perfect season as a closer. Local baseball analysts and fans were going after him with no mercy.
It was simple, he wasn’t getting the job done.
Have you heard anybody discussing how Kyle Kendrick felt about being left off the NLDS roster? That was a challenging demotion, but I don’t see anybody crying for him.
Did anybody care last year about how the Flyers goallies felt about being benched and yoed-yoed around by their coach when we were in pursuit of the Stanley Cup? It was taken for granted that they had to do their job. Who cares how they felt?
Now it seems like Oprah and the ladies on the View are covering the Eagles. Everybody has gotten so sensitive. I’ve seen articles and heard discussions that never took place before here in Philadelphia.
Here in the city of brotherly love we’ve been known for being tough on our athletes. They can’t accuse us of that any more with the media and fans here crying about how a player feels about being benched. The coach is being accused of “not caring”.
Imagine that a coach not caring how his players are feeling.
Professional athletes are paid millions of dollars to be tough physically and tough mentally. Things are done to them that aren’t fair.
I’ve never seen a benching portrayed as a crucifixion. Players get benched every day. Guys are traded for not performing well enough.
Is anybody crying for Matt Leinart, who was drafted in the first round by the Cardinals, yoed-yoed around with Kurt Warner taking his place. This year he was supposed to get his chance, but they decided not to and released him.
Did anybody care how he felt?
Have you heard or read anybody wondering how Akeem Jordan feels about having his starting job taken from him?
If Kolb starts feeling mistreated, he can lean on the shoulders of quite a few other players in the locker room, who have been previously benched.