Michael Vick was named the starting quarterback for the Eagles vs. Jaguars game Sunday. Michael Vick was made the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles by coach Andy Reid after he decided that this was the best move for the team right now. Instead of allowing the injured Kevin Kolb to return as the leader of the Eagles following his concussion in week one, the Eagles are instead ready to hand the team over to Vick on a permanent basis. The move is a tad shocking, especially after Reid made such a blanket statement earlier that Kolb was his man no matter what.
According to ESPN writer Matt Mosley, Reid making this decision is a knee-jerk reaction that is geared toward the short term for the team. It’s hard to argue with that assessment, especially considering that the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb in the second round of the NFL Draft, paid him a lot of money to sign with the team, and then traded away Donovan McNabb to make room for him. This was supposed to be Kolb’s team coming into the 2010 season, but when he went down hard on a sack against the Green bay Packers, Kolb suffered a concussion that he wasn’t able to quickly recover from.
In one half against the Packers, Vick went for 175 yards passing and another 103 yards rushing while trying to lead the Eagles back into the game. They came up short on the last drive of that game, but with Vick controlling all the snaps on Sunday against Detroit, the Eagles left with a 35-32 win. Vick threw for 284 yards on 21 of 34 passing, proving that he could control the game from the pocket and showing off that scrambling ability that had made him one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL back in 2006. Flashes of his old self were on display, and after reviewing the tapes, it seems that Eagles coach Andy Reid is now among his fans.
Coach Reid is in one of those situations where he can’t win, and rather than suffer through a rebuilding year, has made the best decision for the Eagles in week 3 of the 2010 NFL season. Right now it is clear that Vick is still better than Kolb, and that if the Eagles want any chance at making the NFL Playoffs this year, they need Vick taking the snaps. Setting aside the off-the-field troubles that Vick put himself into, he is still more talented than Kolb on the field.
What is the one best way to keep your job as a coach in the NFL? Win now, because not many owners have the patience to sit through a losing season. To win now, Reid just made the best decision he could make.