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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