Michael Vick has been officially named the Eagles’ starting quarterback for week two of the 2010 NFL season. Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid ended speculation on Friday; an unnamed source within the organization claimed that Vick would start in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions earlier in the day. Michael Vick’s start should generate a lot of interest around the league, particularly because the Eagles made it clear coming into the season that Kevin Kolb was their undisputed starter. To be fair, one must take into account that Vick is only starting because Kolb sustained a concussion against the Packers in week one and has since failed to pass NFL-mandated tests to clear his return to the field.
Is Michael Vick about to Stir a Serious Quarterback Controversy?
Perhaps what’s most intriguing, however, is what may come as a result of Vick’s impending start. Michael Vick hasn’t started an NFL game since 2006, and his infamous fall and equally-compelling comeback consumed news headlines at their respective times. Though there still remain those in the general public who disdain Vick and continue to wish ill against his attempts to resurrect his career, many fans, especially those in Philadelphia, have rallied around Vick in hopes that he can become a dynamic player again. If Michael Vick plays well in this Detroit Lions game, a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia is inevitable. Vick did, in fact, nearly lead the Eagles to a comeback victory against the Packers, completing 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards, threw for a touchdown, and additionally rushed for 103 yards. The Lions are a much inferior opponent, and Michael Vick may give the Eagles their first regular season win.
Although Kevin Kolb would have started if he’d passed his post-concussion exams, impatient Eagles fans were already complaining about his inability to orchestrate an offensive attack against the Packers. After his forced sidelining, Vick came in and sparked a strong turnaround. I assume Kolb will be cleared to play after the week two games, but my question is – if Michael Vick plays well, how long can Andy Reid hide behind the confidence the Eagles placed in Kolb before the season? Unless Kevin Kolb returns from his injury and somehow plays well (he failed to lead a strong drive in the preseason), Michael Vick may have the opportunity few thought he’d ever have again – to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
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