The Philadelphia Eagles started the preseason with Mike Kafka secured in the No. 2 quarterback slot, and Trent Edwards battling rookie Nick Foles for No. 3. But Eagles fans like myself know that nothing is really secure in Philadelphia - not even Andy Reid, according to Jeffrey Lurie. Yet Kafka's tumble from being No. 2 to being completely off the team was startling, and was made official on Aug. 31.
After Foles took the preseason by storm, his spot as the new No. 2 was guaranteed. And after Edwards completed his own solid work against the New York Jets on Aug. 30, his spot as the No. 3 was virtually locked up. That left no room for Kafka, whose only crime was getting a hand injury and being unable to play at the worst possible time.
There hasn't been such a sudden downfall at quarterback for the Eagles since Kevin Kolb went from being our future to being expendable early in 2010. So it was fitting that Kolb suffered his next setback right after Kafka got cut, as Kolb was officially demoted to the No. 2 spot for the Arizona Cardinals behind John Skelton.
Kolb can get another chance if Skelton gets hurt or doesn't perform. Kafka's options are a bit more limited since he has been a career backup, however. The one hope he had to stay on the Eagles was that Edwards would be cut and they would wait to bring him back on the cheap in midseason. Maybe Philadelphia will try that with Kafka later on if he isn't picked up - and if they get really shorthanded.
The Eagles could actually be that desperate, knowing Michael Vick's fragility, how Foles has been untested in the regular season, and how Edwards struggled when he used to be a starter. Although the quarterback order at the start of the year has been settled, we cannot say for certain what it will look like 17 weeks from now. It might shift around with a Vick injury and maybe Kafka - or some other newcomer - will worm his way into the middle.
It doesn't pay to get hurt as an Eagles quarterback these days - with Vick as the only exception despite getting hurt way more than Kafka and Kolb. Yet Vick is too big to fail, at least until the offseason when he can be let go if the worst happens.
If that comes to pass, it will be up to Foles and Edwards to save the Eagles in 2012, while Kafka waits around just to get back in an NFL uniform. That is a far cry from his role at the beginning of the month, but he has Foles, Edwards and his own injured hand to be the scapegoats for that.
Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.
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