Kevin Kolb will start Sunday in Tennessee. After the bye week though, the job could go back to Michael Vick.

Eagles' Reid Reignites Quarterback Controversy Between Vick and Kolb

Will it be Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick at quarterback next week? Only Andy Reid knows, and he's not telling.
Will it be Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick at quarterback next week? Only Andy Reid knows, and he’s not telling.
Michael Vick, shown here during training camp, threw a few passes at practice today.
In a cruel twist of irony, the job Michael Vick won due to injury may have been lost the same way.
Kevin Kolb completed his first 9 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Kevin Kolb threw for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns today. He wouldn’t bite when asked about the quarterback controversy.

If you’re the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, there’s one thing you don’t want to do: get hurt.  After losing his job to Michael Vick due to an opening day injury, Kevin Kolb may have won it back.

In his last two games, Kolb has completed 44-of-60 passes for 579 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.  The Eagles also grabbed a pair of critical wins, 31-17 today over the Falcons and 27-24 last week against the 49ers.

Head coach Andy Reid was non-committal for most of his post-game press conference in terms of who would start next week. “I will promise you we’ll have one of them out there,” Reid said.

When asked how he’d make the decision, Reid had a quick response. “Take Michael Kolb and we go play baby,” he quipped. “That’s what I get paid to do, man.  That’s what I do.  I’ve got to — I’ll make the right decision there.”

Reid was then asked whether Vick would play if he was healthy enough to practice this week. “As long as you guys want him to play, we’ll play him,” the head coach joked.  But was Vick his starter?

“Well I told you that he was before,” Reid answered.  But that was before, and this is now. “Yeah, he’s the starting quarterback, yeah.”

That’s certainly not the most confidence-inspiring confirmation if you’re Michael Vick.  While he may not be certain of his job status moving forward, Andy Reid is one jolly fellow.  “If you’re sitting here as a chubby coach in the National Football League and you’ve got two quarterbacks, you’re a happy guy,” Reid said.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kolb gave all of the right answers.  “I want to be out there.  Again, I trust Andy to make the right decision for everybody, and we believe in that,” Kolb said.

“I’m not going to get into that. I know that it’s a unique situation, but again, Andy, from my experience has always thought things through very thoroughly.  He always has a rhyme and reason and they usually turn out the right way,” Kolb said.  “Again, I’ll just trust and believe.”

Kolb’s confidence is at an all-time high though after throwing for more than 300 yards for the third time in his career.  “Very similar,” Kolb said. “Today the game was pretty slow to me.  Again, I thought I saw things very clear and that’s what’s important.  When it gets like that, that’s when you start getting into a rhythm and you trust things.”

Now the question is whether Kolb will be able to continue his rhythm or Michael Vick will hold onto the job once healthy.

“I might have, you know, all kinds of surprises. All kinds of surprises,” Reid said. “That’s what’s so great about it, enjoy it.”

The Eagles starting quarterback certainly will.  For now, just call him Michael Kolb.

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  • Nate Sparks

    Look, Andy is being brilliant. If I have Vick, I want my opposing defense to have to prepare for HIM. Then, I can throw in Kolb who could sit in the pocket and provide an entirely different threat. Vick forces defenses to change their entire game plan to handle his explosive running abilities. If you name him as your starter, you force a commitment from the defense to have a spy linebacker waiting to cover and contain Vick. This means you spend time during the prep week reconfiguring your entire defensive schemes. Having both Vick and Kolb healthy is a beautiful thing! It almost forces defenses to have two game plans coming into any Eagles game when both starters are ready to go. I am SO happy to be watching everyone try and generate a quarterback controversy while opposing teams try to figure out which Eagle offense is going to shred them down the field! Everyone was ready for us to finish in last place this season, I will be so happy to buy my play-off tickets and the main reason we will be at the dance is our PRO-BOWL TANDEM of quarterbacks and receivers! As an aside, our prayers are with DeSean for a speedy and complete recovery from yesterday’s brutal hit. We miss you bud!

  • Ryan Messick

    Well, it’s hard for either player to play at this high of a level if they are just being switched back and forth for non-injury reasons. I think he has to stick with Kolb at least until the bye to let Vick get to 100%.

    Also, I don’t think anyone is manufacturing a controversy. When Andy Reid says “Take Michael Kolb and we go play baby,” he’s setting the situation up to become a full-fledged controversy.

    On that note, I wonder if there’s ever been a quarterback controversy with two QB’s with ratings this high. Usually one or both quarterbacks are bad in those situations.

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