Who Ya Got: Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb?

Who Ya Got: Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb?

Before the 2012 NFL season ever kicked off, most Philadelphia Eagles fans never thought twice about the Eagles decision to ship Kevin Kolb out to Arizona for DRC and a second round pick. Aside from getting a huge payday, Kolb's tenure in the desert had been a miserable one, losing his starting job to John Skelton along the way.

And during that time in Philly, Andy Reid was supposedly grooming Mike Vick into becoming a mature, hard-working quarterback that many believed could lead the Birds to the Super Bowl.

Then they started playing football this season.

CSN's Reuben Frank had some fun after yesterday's Eagles loss to the Cardinals playing the what-if game. The tables have turned quite a bit after just three games into the 2012 season. Roob lists the key talking points:

Since replacing an injured John Skelton on opening day -- just like Vick
replaced an injured Kolb in the 2010 opener against the Packers -- Kolb
has led the Cards to wins over the Seahawks, Patriots and Eagles and
their first 3-0 start since 1974.
 
He’s thrown four touchdowns,
and for the first time in his career, he’s gone three straight games
without throwing an interception.
 
Kolb’s passer rating is 108.6, Vick’s is 66.3.
 
Kolb has committed zero turnovers, Vick nine.

Holy crap that last one is eye-popping. Vick has nine turnovers in three games.

I'll admit I have been pretty pro-Vick in the past and never thought he'd be so careless with the ball. I always bought into the "man, the bounces just really aren't going his way" argument when a tipped pass would get picked or he'd hurt his ribs. And to his defense, Vick is getting beaten up like the hanging hunk of meat in Rocky. He takes a beating every single game.

The things that worry me the most are the carelessness with which Vick seems to take care of the ball and the lack of awareness of what's going on around him in the pocket. If he has one bad game where he coughs it up, you can live with that. But this is three-straight weeks.

Is he never going to learn?

Kolb has obviously had quite a bit of success early this season after looking lost for much of his past. Roob says the two quarterback's career paths are diverging, and perhaps they are to some extent after just three games into 2012.

In playing with Roob's what-if game, and you could have one of these two quarterbacks to lead your team to the Super Bowl, knowing what we now know, who you got?

Vick of Kolb?

>>Kolb makes you wonder: what if? [CSN]

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State's Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he's not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1.

Kerr said: "As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It's still up in the air." He said that by Game 1, he might make a decision on his status.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, addressed the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

He joked: "I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies."

Brown has been coaching the team since Game 3 of the first round at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games.

Inside Doop: How a record win streak came to an end

Inside Doop: How a record win streak came to an end

Over the course of a long season, there are forgettable games where few things — or players — stand out.

Saturday night’s Union game out in Salt Lake City seemed like one of those — but will still be remembered for the fact that it ended a record winning streak.

Here’s a closer look at the 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake that snapped Philly’s four-game winning and six-game unbeaten streaks, as well as a look ahead for a team that will now look to start another one.

Three thoughts about Saturday’s game
1. There was one play early in the game that could have been exceptional as Haris Medunjanin lofted a pinpoint over-the-top pass from midfield to Fafa Picault, who got behind the defense and controlled it perfectly. But Picault’s first attempt and his follow-up were both saved — the second on a goal-line clearance from defender Aaron Maund — and the Union had few other good chances as their offense dried up. That was perhaps, bound to happen, after the team, led in part by the strong play of newcomers Medunjanin and Picault, scored multiple goals in every other game this month.

2. While Nick Rimando showed why he’s the most accomplished MLS goalie ever by earning the shutout, Andre Blake showed why he’s the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year with even better saves, including a few spectacular diving and leaping ones. Blake certainly wasn’t to blame for the Union’s eight-game winless streak to start the season but he also wasn’t making the kind of game-changing saves Philly fans grew accustomed to last year. Now that he is, it’s one of the big reasons why the Union are back in the playoff race, despite Saturday’s loss. 

3. Although it didn’t really show earlier in the season, one of the Union’s biggest strengths is depth at the winger position as they have four players — Picault, Chris Pontius, Ilsinho and Fabian Herbers — who are capable MLS starters. But with Herbers injured and Ilsinho sliding over to the central midfield, head coach Jim Curtin needed to call upon rookie Marcus Epps as his first winger off the bench. It was a difficult MLS debut playing on the road, across the country, with the team pushing for a late goal. But Curtin likes throwing guys into the fire to see what they’re made of, and will likely use Epps’ minutes in Utah as a springboard moving forward.

Three questions for the week ahead
1. The Union had a busy end of the month, flying out to Salt Lake City a few days after a three-games-in-eight-day stretch. But they also have 15 days between MLS games following Saturday’s contest vs. New York City FC at Yankee Stadium (1:00, 6ABC). So does Curtin opt to give guys some rest because of the former or trot out the same lineup because of the latter? There are also other things to consider, including the fact that the Union will open U.S. Open Cup play on June 14 — often an ideal time to give minutes to younger guys and backups.

2. One particular position to watch is the No. 10 attacking midfield spot. Ilsinho had filled in beautifully there in place of the injured Roland Alberg, particularly during a 2-0 win over Houston on May 17. But he was mostly invisible vs. RSL, a game in which Alberg returned from a three-game absence. Considering both have never really been 90-minute players and have similar playmaking abilities, could Curtin consider a platoon with Alberg and Ilsinho? Or will Ilsinho return to the wing, at least until Herbers returns from his injury?

3. Another spot to watch is the backline, which had been mostly kept intact during the team’s six-game unbeaten run. But now that the team lost, will Curtin go back to starters Keegan Rosenberry and/or Richie Marquez? What about Josh Yaro, who’s on the mend from shoulder surgery? The makeshift group that included Jack Elliott, Oguchi Onyewu, and Ray Gaddis should be commended for changing the course of the season, but it seems unlikely that Rosenberry and Marquez will remain on the bench must longer considering they were two of the team’s most promising players last year.

Stat of the week
Fabinho played his 100th MLS game Saturday. The only other players to surpass 100 games for the Union have been Sebastien Le Toux, Brian Carroll, Sheanon Williams, Gaddis and Amobi Okugo.  

Quote of the week
“A good run of six games comes to an end for us now. We’ll have to look forward to starting a new streak as we go away to New York City next week.”

— Union manager Jim Curtin 

Player of the week
Andre Blake got the loss but still had one of his best games of the season, wowing the crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium on more than one occasion.