Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley attended team meetings today, which indicates improvement during their return from their concussions according to head coach Andy Reid’s statements yesterday. “If they continue to progress tomorrow morning, then they’ll have the opportunity to sit in on meetings,” Reid said Wednesday.
Today the team said the two will not practice, but were able to exercise. That leaves their chances of playing when the Eagles visit the Lions Sunday extremely low. Assuming Kolb and Bradley are out Sunday, Michael Vick and Omar Gaither will start in their respective spots.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he was happy with Vick’s play Sunday, but with a week to prepare for his skillset, the Lions will likely throw different looks at the Eagles.
“There’s several different ways and schemes that people will quite possibly use on Michael,” Mornhinweg said. “So all of those are possibilities, from virtually any team, and so certainly there are counters to that.”
Likewise though, the Eagles can change things up in their offensive gameplan to utilize Vick’s running skills. “Mike does that naturally, and then schematically, you can get into a whole host of things, and so those are always possibilities there,” Mornhinweg said.
Vick started 71 games during his time in Atlanta, posting a record of 40-30-1. His last start as a quarterback came on December 31, 2006 when his Falcons lost to the Eagles 24-17 in the season finale in Philadelphia. It’s been a tumultuous ride in the 1,355 days since, but Vick showed last week that he’s still got plenty of talent.
On the defensive side, with Gaither filling in, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says there’s more than enough trust in the backup. “Having worked with Omar over the years, I have a lot of confidence in him and I think his teammates have a lot of confidence in him as well,” McDermott said. “It is like having a fourth starter when he steps into that role.”
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