Another year, another series of bad signs for the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks. In a season that has Super Bowl or bust pasted everywhere for the team, should they add some insurance in Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy?
Michael Vick and Mike Kafka create big questions for Eagles
Just one preseason game into the NFL season and Philadelphia already has waves of nerves surrounding the quarterback spot. Fans had hoped starter Michael Vick could make it through the year without incident but isn't off to the best start having injured his left thumb against Pittsburgh. His backup Mike Kafka had an even worse game. Not only did he play poorly against the Steelers backups, but he left the contest with a broken hand. This leaves the backup spot to rookie Nick Foles while journeyman Trent Edwards brings up the rear. That isn't the greatest depth for team eyeing a world championship in one of the toughest divisions in football. Vick expects to return healthy, but no one knows how long that will last. As for Kafka, his roster spot isn't locked up either. If head coach Andy Reid isn't satisfied with this group, will the aggressive Eagles front office go out and get some help?
McCoy won't beat out Brandon Weeden but is a solid backup
Quarterbacks usually aren't mentioned on the trade market, or at least quarterbacks of any great caliber. Probably the biggest name thrown around the rumor mill is former Cleveland Browns starter Colt McCoy. After a rough season in 2011 McCoy got demoted to back up in favor of rookie Brandon Weeden. A few think the third-year man from Texas wasn't given a fair shot since he had almost no help on offense last year. Either way, the Browns appear settled on Weeden and could push McCoy into trade talks with teams interested in a quarterback project. For now the team has said they will keep McCoy as their backup for when Weeden flops or gets hurt. However given the rash of injuries happening to quarterbacks around the NFL, the value for an experienced and young quarterback will skyrocket. Andy Reid and the Eagles are among some of the teams with a rich history for developing passers in their offense. It happened with Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Michael Vick and even journeyman A.J. Feeley. McCoy played for the national championship in college and showed flashes of his ability in Cleveland. Maybe a scenery change is just what he needs.
The Philadelphia Eagles don't have to jump the gun on Vick or Mike Kafka yet. Still if the injuries pile up, then Colt McCoy becomes a real possibility if they want their Super Bowl hope in place.