PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After their 27-20 loss to the Packers on the first weekend of the regular season, Michael Vick said he felt the Eagles might have won if he’d played the entire game. He was given that opportunity on Sunday.
But with under a minute to play, and the Eagles looking for the potential game-winning touchdown, Vick threw an interception to Tramon Williams in the end zone that sealed the 21-16 win for Green Bay.
Nobody should point the finger at Vick, however. He’s not to blame.
There was a banged-up Eagles defense that couldn’t find its way off of the field on third down – a defense that allowed Aaron Rodgers to march his team down the field for a score right after Vick had hit Jason Avant for a touchdown pass that pulled Philadelphia within four points, 14-10, early in the second half.
Last year, nine of the Eagles’ 13 draft picks were spent taking players on the defensive side of the football, including the first five selections.
So, do the Eagles continue to try to improve their defense through the draft?
Their young offense has already proven to be one of the most explosive in the league.
Then there was David Akers, the usually reliable, All-Pro kicker, who missed a pair of field goals, including one from 34-yards in the fourth quarter. That’s six points off of the scoreboard, and guess what? 16 plus six equals 22 and….well, you get the picture.
Akers was playing in the final year of his contract.
Will the Eagles decide he’s worth bringing back for a 13th season or even longer?
His playoff performance aside, Akers is still one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL.
There was also a coaching staff that didn’t rush the football enough against a Packers defense that has been very susceptible to the run this season. LeSean McCoy, who was promised more touches than he got in the first meeting, had only 12 carries for 46-yards.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has been mentioned as a head coaching candidate for the Browns’ job.
Who does Andy Reid replace him with should Mike Holmgren lure Mornhinweg to Cleveland?
What’s Brad Childress up to these days?
There were a lot reasons for another early playoff exit for the Eagles. Vick’s interception just happened to be the nail in the coffin. It was, in fact, Vick, as he did so many times this season, who kept the Eagles in the game at all.
So where does he go from here?
Sunday’s elimination was Vick’s final game of a two-year contract with the Eagles, but his play this season should certainly have earned him a lucrative contract, if not here, somewhere. But the Eagles could simply tag him as their franchise player.
And what about Kevin Kolb?
Kolb was supposed to be the franchise quarterback. In April, a few weeks after the trade of Donovan McNabb, he signed a one-year contract extension worth $12.25 million, keeping him under contract with the Eagles through next season. But it’s unlikely that Kolb would want to spend another year in Philadelphia as a backup.
So do you trade him and move forward with Vick?
These are all questions that will be addressed in the offseason – an offseason for the Eagles that began right after Vick was intercepted in the end zone.
Reported by: Dan Majka, KYW Newsradio.