Lots of rumors have been running rampant in the media these days on which Eagles QB will be under center in 2010 and what QB or QBs will be traded this offseason. I write this as a Semi-Eagle fan and as a voice of reason to squash all the innuendos and explain how the Eagles brass looks at players in the Andy Reid era.
To know what the Eagles will do in the future, we need to look back into the past of the Andy Reid regime and see what was done there. That will give us a feeling into his thinking on player movement.
Let’s look at Duce Staley for example. Now he was not a QB, but he was a player that left during the Andy Reid era. If you remember, Staley played out his entire contract and then was not resigned once Brian Westbrook got his feet wet. Staley ended up with the Steelers via free agency. Reid is doing the same thing with Westbrook and LeSean McCoy now. Westbrook will play one more season in Philly.
Hugh Douglas was a popular defensive player. He was another player that finished his contract and was allowed to leave via free agency to Jacksonville.
This also happened to Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent and Brian Dawkins.
All these men were replaced by younger talent already on the roster once their contracts expired.
What does all this mean for the current Eagles QB situation you ask?
Who will be under center in week 1 for the Eagles in 2010? That answer is very easy, it will be Donovan McNabb. He still has one more year remaining on his contract. He has been Andy Reid’s QB since he got there day 1. He will remain the starter for the Eagles in 2010. End of story. However, McNabb will no longer be a Philadelphia Eagle in 2011.
Kevin Kolb is the “Westbrook waiting in Duce’s wings” on the team and had a nice cup of coffee with the team in the 2 weeks McNabb missed last year. He will replace McNabb in the starting lineup in 2011.
Michael Vick, according to multiple media reports, wants to be a starting QB and supposedly the team has promised they would fulfill his wishes and trade him before the NFL draft. Vick becomes a Ram or a Bill in 2010.
Any counter arguments against these predictions are welcome. Hope this stirs some discussion on what others feel will happen in Philly.