Michael Vick is once again a starter in the NFL. Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced today that Vick will take over the starting job from Kevin Kolb moving forward. As early as Sunday, Reid proclaimed Kolb the starter.
“I think [Vick's] play has even exceeded expectation over the last two weeks,” Reid said. “This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb’s injury.”
Vick was signed by the Eagles last season after a two-year absence from the NFL due to his incarceration for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Vick took over for the injured Kolb at halftime of the season opener and led the Eagles to a 35-32 win in Detroit Sunday. Vick is 37-of-58 for 459 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions this season. “Michael Vick just had this accelerated play that was brilliant,” Reid said.
Kolb threw just 10 passes in the season opener before going down with a concussion and was 5-of-10 for 24 yards. The 26-year-old had been the heir apparent to Donovan McNabb since being drafted in 2007. In his career, Kolb has completed 84-of-140 passes for 909 yards, 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Reid said there was a “good chance” that Kolb would take some snaps with the first team moving forward, similar to the way Vick did.
Reid said that he does not believe this to be detrimental to Kolb. “I actually think this helps Kevin Kolb’s maturation process,” Reid said. “This allows him to continue to learn, and he’ll do that.”
Vick spent the first six years of his career in Atlanta, where he was a three-time Pro Bowler. Over his career, the 30-year-old has completed 54 percent of his passes for 12,050 yards, 75 touchdowns and 52 interceptions. Vick has rushed for 4,094 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Reid added that the decision had nothing to do with the shaky play of the Eagles’ offensive line, but rather by Vick’s strong play. Reid mentioned that Vick currently sits fourth in the league with a passer rating of 105.5. “When he had an opportunity to get in the game, he played very well,” Reid said. “I will tell you that he’s playing at a higher level, and one of the higher levels that I’ve seen him play at.”
Reid repeatedly mentioned that he still has faith in Kolb, despite making the switch. “What a great situation. I’m sitting here and I’m telling you that I’ve got two quarterbacks that I feel like I can win football games with and go compete for a championship in the National Football League,” Reid said.
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