Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reid stricken by case of common sense, names Vick starter

By John McMullen

Philadelphia, PA (The Phanatic Magazine) - Common sense lives.

Andy Reid has backed off his ridiculous support of the overmatched Kevin Kolb and named Michael Vick the Eagles starting quarterback.

"This is about Michael Vick and his accelerated play," Reid said. "He's sitting there as possibly the hottest quarterback in the National Football League at this time and deserves an opportunity to play. I think very few quarterbacks could go out and play the way he played the last couple weeks."

The reality is at least for the foreseeable future, it's not about rebuilding anymore. With the Dallas Cowboys off to an 0-2 start, Reid now thinks he has a chance in the NFC East.

Behind the scenes the Eagles' spin doctors were at work with one source claiming that Vick gives them the best chance to win behind an average offensive line. Center Mike McGlynn was thrown under the bus in that assessment with the source saying the Pitt product struggled mightily and failed to check to the right protection scheme time and time again against Detroit.

During the preseason another source claimed that Reid has never been enamored with Kolb and that the Eagles decided to draft him while Reid was away caring for his troubled sons.

Reid laid it on a bit thick regarding both Vick and Kolb, calling Vick a superstar and claiming Kolb still had a bright future despite all empirical evidence pointing downward for the Texan.

"Kevin Kolb has done a phenomenal job for us here and the future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit," said Reid.

Vick led the Eagles to a 35-32 win on Sunday in the Motor City, his first start since 2006 before he served a 20-month sentence for a federal dogfighting conviction. He was 21-for-34 for 284 yards with two TD passes. The previous week, he rallied the Eagles from a 20-3 deficit with more 175 yards passing and 103 yards rushing in a 27-20 loss to the Packers.

Kolb, meanwhile, looked lost against the Packers before suffering a concussion.

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