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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, September 19, 2011


The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb for value. It was a decent play. Still, it was curious.

In a year when they otherwise were shoving all-in, they somehow decided to do not what was best for themselves but for Kolb. As if Eagles fans, thirsty for a championship, cared about Kevin Kolb,

Sunday, Mike Vick strolled out of the Georgia Dome with a concussion, and with Mike Kafka at quarterback, the Birds blew a late lead.

It happens in football. It didn't have to happen to them. They will argue that Vince Young was injured, suggesting injuries, not personnel fumbles, were to blame for their prediciment.

At best, Vince Young is acceptable. Kolb had been conditioned to be the ideal backup to Vick, whose playing style always puts him at injury risk.

Second-guess? Not really. It was said at the time, as it is said now: If the Eagles were going to risk all to win now, not later, then they should have risked hurting Kevin Kolb's feelings. It would have made them a better team --- or at least a 2-0 one.

Check out my column on and in the Daily Times Tuesday about the Eagles and an early missed opportunity.


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