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Concussions factoring into QB controversies

Posted on: September 13, 2010 4:45 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Moore (US Presswire)K. Kolb (US Presswire)
You never want to see a player get hurt – especially when the body part that’s hurting is the brain. So of course John Fox is not glad that quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion against the Giants. That said, the reality is, Moore’s concussion might make Fox’s life easier this week.

Moore was awful against the Giants (14/33 passing, three interceptions). But it would be impetuous to bench him prior to Week 2. Once you bench a young quarterback, it’s almost impossible to go back to him (Just ask the Cardinals).

But if Moore misses Carolina’s Week 2 game against the Buccaneers (and with the league’s more stringent guidelines for dealing with concussions, it’s possible he will), then Fox can get a free trial run with second-round rookie Jimmy Clausen. If Clausen shines during that trial run, Fox has his quarterback for the future. If Clausen flounders, Fox can go back to Moore and claim that he was the starter all along.

(For the record, Fox said Monday afternoon that Moore is “feeling a lot better”.)

On the other side of the concussion story, Andy Reid could have a mess on his hands if Kevin Kolb’s concussion keeps him out against the Lions this week. (And it probably will; Reid has said Kolb won’t practice until at least Friday.)

Chances are, Philly will beat Detroit no matter who is under center. So if Michael Vick goes out and leads the Eagles to victory, fans will say that all of the team’s success so far has come with Vick under center. Technically, they’d be right. But that wouldn’t mean Vick is the better quarterback. (Remember, the Packers didn’t game plan for Vick; had they prepared to face a scrambler, things may have been different.)

Fans may want Vick to start, but Reid does not want to immediately bench the guy he believed in enough to trade Donovan McNabb. And he won’t.

But imagine if Kolb sits against Detroit, Vick lights it up, then Kolb gets healthy for Week 3. Reid would have to explain to volatile Eagle fans why he’s benching an electrifying, fun-to-watch athlete and going back to the quarterback who was 5/10 for 24 yards in a lackluster first half against the Packers. Think those fans will understand?

In Reid’s perfect world, Kolb would be cleared to play this week. He’d start against the Lions, post good numbers and get the Eagles to 1-1. Even this scenario wouldn’t completely hush the inevitable “We want Vick!” chants that are about to sweep across the City of Brotherly Love. But it would at least minimize the damage.

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Concussions factoring into QB controversies

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Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:09 pm

Vick should die

i hope some rabid dog bites Vick and he dies a lingering, painful death

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:05 am

So what you're saying Andy

Is if I start seeing unicorns jumping over floating Randall Cunningham heads that I might have difficulty going through my progressions?

No way.
Next you'll be telling me concussions are a serious problem the NFL has managed to ignore for the best part of 60+ years.
I hope you're in the process of writing how Leonard Weaver's ACL injury might affect his ability to run. That story needs to be told.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2010 10:47 pm

News Flash

Andy Reid does not care what the Philly fans think.  Which is good, considering about 60% of our fanbase is retarded....

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:48 pm

Concussions factoring into QB controversies

Only thing is, the Eagles are going to lose to the Lions no matter who starts. So really, Kolb may as well stay out and let Vick take his licks.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2010 6:00 pm

Concussions factoring into QB controversies

The hit Matthews put on Kolb was gruesome.

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