The switch from Kevin Kolb to Michael Vick took on a new level of controversy today at the Nova Care Center, for about an hour. Call it Quotegate, if you will. Eagles head coach Andy Reid was quoted by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King as saying that Kevin Kolb might have been crucified for any mistake had he returned to the starter’s role. You can read the full article here.
Today at his press conference, Reid denied making the statement when asked to explain it. “I don’t know about that. I never said that,” Reid said. “Nope. I don’t even know about the article, to be honest with you.”
Reid said he had talked to King, but didn’t want to say anything else about it without reading the article. “That’s not what I feel at all. No, that’s not what I feel at all, so I can just tell you that,” Reid said.
Around an hour later, Reid confirmed through the Eagles Public Relations staff that he was not misquoted and did make the statement in question to Peter King. Reid did not wish to provide any further comment to explain his meaning.
As frustrating as it might be, it’s hard to blame Reid for choosing to stay mum after making the controversial change. It doesn’t do much good to his team to spend too much time explaining the reasons by admitting deficiencies, whether they be with the offensive line or elsewhere.
All there is to go on is the quote itself, which seems to indicate that Reid was concerned about the fan and media reactions to Kolb if he remained the starter and struggled.
Nick Cole was held out of practice today with inflammation in his knee. If he’s unable to go on Sunday, Reggie Wells would make the start.
Michael Vick has not turned the ball over since December 24, 2010 against Carolina. That was 1,370 days ago. When asked if he could recall the last time he turned the ball over, Vick declined to try. “I don’t want to remember that,” Vick said. Tomorrow you can read more about his efforts to take care of the ball.
The Eagles list Stewart Bradley (concussion), Brent Celek (chest), Nick Cole (knee), Brandon Graham (shoulder), Todd Herremans (ankle), Austin Howard (back), Kevin Kolb (concussion) and Trevor Laws (oblique) as probable for Sundays’ game.
Nick Cole was the only member of that group to miss practice today, and none of the others was limited. Brandon Graham told me yesterday that he would be good to go on Sunday.
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