Oct 202010
Eagles head coach Andy Reid

Eagles head coach Andy Reid

October 20 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“When Andy Reid made the stunning decision to bench Kevin Kolb in favor of Michael Vick, a prevailing feeling among some observers was that he was just like one of the con men in his favorite film, The Sting.

For months, the Eagles’ coach and his lieutenants sold the idea that Kolb would step effortlessly under center and run the West Coast offense as it was originally intended. The quarterback would take a three-step drop and zip the ball to one of his “young gun” targets, or he would play-action pass and heave a bomb skyward to his speedy receivers.

Scoreboards around the league would need two operators to handle the explosion of points from the Eagles’ offense.

But just like that – after one lousy first half out of Kolb and a tremendous three from Vick – Reid hooked his starter, promoted his backup with a sleight of hand, and left many Eagles watchers wondering whether the cards had been marked.

Some even became accomplices when they came to the premature conclusion, after 19 snaps, that Kolb couldn’t play.

Reid, of course, didn’t feel that way, although the move seemed to initially suggest as much – as did his reluctance to say definitely that Kolb would not be dealt before the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, everyone else in the organization, from the front office to the ball boys, insisted that they still believed in Kolb. And in the end, that confidence paid off because, well, Kolb can play. When he got his chance the last two games, the offense ran as Reid predicted it would with the Texas slinger at the commands.

In his last two starts, Kolb has completed 73.3 percent of his pass attempts. He has thrown for 579 yards, four touchdowns, and just one interception. A balanced offense piled up 58 points and 826 total yards. It was, as Reid has described his escalating quarterback controversy, a “beautiful thing.”

Two games, though, is a relatively small sample. The two opponents were the horrid 49ers and the not-as-good-as-believed Falcons. And Vick, in his two previous starts, was equally as good if not better than Kolb in his.

But with Kolb set to start again Sunday at the Tennessee Titans and Vick still nursing a rib injury, the argument can be made that Kolb is better suited to start for the Eagles the rest of the season – or at least until Reid changes his mind again.”

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