There has been quite a bit of debate regarding the Eagles’ decision to make Michael Vick the starting quarterback just one day after saying that Kevin Kolb is healthy and that this is his team. And it’s understandable, the move is curious at best.
One of the big questions people have is “who made this decision?” Was it Andy Reid? Or did the move come from above?
According to former Eagles WR Freddie Mitchell, Reid has lost a lot of juice within the organization.
“SO COACH REID GOT TOTTTTTALLY PUNKED ON HIS CHOICE TO START KOLB, THAT WAS A TOTTTTAL UPER MANAGEMENT CALL JUST LIKE GETTING RID OF MCNAB….TRUST ME I KNOW,” Mitchell said on Facebook while butchering the King’s English.
When someone commented about Reid losing his GM duties, Freddie had a response.
“OH THEY TOOK THE GM FROM HIM A LONG TIME AGO,” he said.
Mitchell goes on to say in his Facebook comments that, essentially, Reid is about as good at cultivating QB talent as UCLA is at teaching it’s pupils to read and write.
“I TJINK [sic] KOLB JUST MAY NOT BE GOOD IN THAT OFFENSE I WOULD NEVER SAY SOMEONE IS A BUST… REID JUST ISNT GOOD AT BREEDING SUCCESSFULL QB’S HES AN AMAZING PLAYER PERSONEL GUY, JUST SUCKS AT UTILIZING HIS TALENTS,” he writes. “… AND NOW THERE TRYING TO COVER UP GIVING KOLB ALL THIS MONEY…..OR NOT COVER UP TRYING TO GET AS MUCH AS THEY CAN SO THEY CAN TRADE HIM.”
While we agree that Reid doesn’t always utilize his talent effectively, are you seriously going to say that he isn’t good at breeding successful (that’s how it’s spelled) quarterbacks after what he did with Donovan McNabb? Seriously? Yes, you can argue that he shoehorned McNabb into a system that wasn’t ideal for his talents, but the bottom line is that Donovan blossomed into a borderline Hall of Fame quarterback.
Look, we are breaking Freddie’s balls a bit here. Obviously, he wasn’t really taking his time in posting this stuff and it shows. We don’t really think he’s stupid at all (although he did show up on Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” segment once and suggested that Ben Franklin was our first president. Speaking of presidents, UCLA’s probably watched that piece with his/her head in his/her hands).
But, the bottom line is that Freddie was on this team for four years in the Andy Reid era. He has some clue what he’s talking about, so his opinion should not be completely dismissed. There are some who will break his balls about not living up to his status as a first-round pick, but that has nothing to do with what he may or may not know about this organization.
And just a side note from Freddie, he passes along on Facebook that he’s heard that Michael Vick thought he should have been the starter, even when McNabb was the guy.
“VICK IS JUST BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT, HE WANTS TO START SO BAD… WORD ON THE STREET HE THOUGHT HE SHOULD OF EVEN BEEN STARTING OVER MCNABB,” he writes, forgetting – yet again – that he has the caps lock button on.
Ok, we have a tough time believing that one. Even if Vick had confidence in his abilities, he couldn’t have possibly thought that he was a better option than McNabb after not playing for two years. C’mon.