October 21 Philadelphia Daily News:
“THE QUESTIONS remain, which was why they were asked again yesterday.
If Kevin Kolb adds to the luster of his last two starts with another impressive performance Sunday at Tennessee, could Kolb possibly get back the starting job? The one he lost when Michael Vick played well for a game and a half, after Kolb suffered a concussion in the season opener?
Andy Reid has been asked this several times now – after Sunday’s impressive, 31-17 Eagles victory over Atlanta, on Monday, and again yesterday. Reid, who confirmed Kolb definitely will start again, as Vick recovers from a rib-cartilage injury, still hasn’t given anything close to a “yes” or “no” answer.
“I haven’t even thought about that,” Reid said yesterday. “We’re worried about Tennessee right now and we’re not worried about starting jobs. You guys can worry about all that. We’re worried right now about trying to put together a game plan, learn the game plan and execute the game plan. That’s what I think Kevin is focused in on; that’s what we’re focused in on as coaches.”
Kolb has completed 44 of 60 passes (73.3 percent) for 579 yards, four touchdowns and one interception the last 2 weeks, compiling a 118.7 passer rating. Yesterday, he was named NFC offensive player of the week for his performance against Atlanta. Kolb now has won the award twice in five career starts, and he is the first quarterback to pass for 300 yards three times in his first five career starts since Kurt Warner in 1999.
Kolb said he will “continue to prepare like a starter, and that way, I’m ready when my name’s called. Whatever [Reid] decides, he decides. It’s just my job to go play good football and get another win.”
Of course, whatever Reid decides likely will have a huge impact on the careers of both men.
Yet, “it’s really not as hard as what people think” to focus on the week ahead, and not the larger picture, Kolb said.
“It helps me to just take it 1 week at a time,” he said. “Especially being somewhat of a young player, that has to be your focus.
“You see that nothing’s ever promised from week to week, and I think that’s the one thing I’ve learned. You have to bring it – this league is a ‘what can you do for me next’ league. We have to forget about last week, as good as it was, and go prove ourselves again against the Titans.”
They will do that without DeSean Jackson. Reid confirmed what had widely been assumed – that the Eagles’ wide receiver, who suffered a concussion on a train-wreck collision with the Falcons’ Dunta Robinson on Sunday, won’t play at Tennessee. Asked whether the players not expected to play Sunday – Jackson, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) and left tackle Jason Peters (knee) – will be back for the Indianapolis game after the bye, Reid said: “You know, I think so. I’ve learned in this thing just to take it day by day and just see how it goes.””
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