In a post-game press conference only two weeks ago, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid uttered the words “Kevin Kolb is [our] number one quarterback” for all to hear. Funny how a couple of NFL victories can change one’s mind.
One year ago, Michael Vick was the most reviled man in the NFL. One month ago, Kevin Kolb was the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. One concussion and six touchdowns later, Vick finds himself as the official successor to Donovan McNabb while Kolb is relegated to carrying a clipboard on the sidelines.
Kolb isn’t the first quarterback to lose his job to injury and he won’t be the last, but for now, Michael Vick has been awarded the Eagles’ starting position. His play has spoken for itself. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon went so far as to proclaim Vick the season’s MVP to date. Vick also has the support of his teammates, making Coach Reid’s decision to start him that much easier.
Rest assured Vick will be placed on a pretty tight leash. (Ouch, did I just say that?) For ten years, Coach Reid never had to deal with a quarterback controversy. Now he’s smack dab in the middle of one. Look at the bright side, coach. At least you’ve got more job security than Wade Phillips or Tom Coughlin.
Zen at it again
As if LeBron’s “Decision” and the ensuing Carmelo Anthony trade rumors weren’t enough to get us fired up for the upcoming NBA season, the Zen Master is once again up to his old tricks.
Only three teams, the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, have a legitimate chance to win this year’s title, pretty much eliminating the need to read any season preview. Someone tell Street and Smith to take the year off. In fact, if you can find ANYONE to take the field and let you take those three teams, jump at the opportunity and bet it big.
In response to Miami’s newest acquisitions, Lakers coach Phil Jackson commented that talent doesn’t always win championships.
“I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put Baylor, West and Chamberlain together — three of the top scorers in NBA history — and they never won a championship together the four years they were together. It’s not always scorers and talent that wins it. But it’s teamwork that does it.”
While he has a point, he’s also writing a pretty stout check he’s hoping Kobe Bryant can cash. After five championships for Kobe and eleven for Phil (as a coach), there is no doubt a Finals victory over the 2011 Miami Heat would be their most gratifying to date.
With the NFL smack dab in the middle of a concussion controversy, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach recently called the NFL a “wussy game.” Apparently Mr. Staubach has never met Ray Lewis. How sweet would it be to see Roger Goodell do his best David Stern impression and levy a senility fine on Staubach thirty-five years retroactive.
Staubach’s critiques of the modern game came after a few roughing-the-passer penalties allowed Peyton Manning to lead the Colts on a touchdown drive. Apparently Staubach never received such preferential treatment in his day.
Everyone knows the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. It makes no apologies for doing its best to protect the health of its star players, but it’s far from a wussy league. Any spectator not named Staubach winces with every collision. Players these days are bigger, stronger and faster than in Staubach’s era. While there’s no quantifying toughness, few would agree the National Football League is comprised of a bunch of softies.
Perhaps one of Staubach’s career twenty concussions caused him to say something so asinine. Had the league had such rules in place back then, Staubach might be able to think more clearly today.