September 23 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch:
“SO ANDY REID lied to us. So he told us Kevin Kolb would be his starting quarterback going forward and now he’s giving the job to Mike Vick.
Boo frickin’ hoo.
All of you people who are so indignant about Reid’s deception really need to get a grip. He’s a football coach. Football coaches lie. It’s what they do. A football coach telling a fib is about as shocking as Lindsay Lohan flunking a drug test.
Lying is one of the job requirements of a coach. Good at X’s-and-O’s? Check. Able to motivate players? Check. Capable of lying through your teeth to those media vultures? Check.
Reid told one more big lie Tuesday night after officially anointing Vick the town quarterback. He said the decision to start Vick over Kolb had “nothing to do with the offensive line.”
Bull, Andrew. Bull.
The truth is, it had everything to do with the offensive line, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is a mess these days.
Reid had hoped that his eyes had deceived him during Sunday’s 35-32 win over the Lions. He had hoped that when he got back to Philly and turned on the coach’s tape, it would show that his offensive line didn’t really play as wretchedly as it seemed from his vantage point on the Ford Field sideline.
But hope doesn’t always float. Sometimes it sinks to the bottom. The tape verified Reid’s suspicions. His line was indeed that bad, giving up six sacks for the second straight week. You have to go back to 1997 to find the last time the Eagles gave up six or more sacks in successive games.
Truth is, if the elusive Vick hadn’t been the quarterback Sunday, those six sacks just as easily could have been 12 or 15 and that three-point win could have been a 17-point loss. With the Lions blitzing early and often, Vick slipped more punches than a young Muhammad Ali.
He continually spun away from unblocked pass rushers who had him dead in their sights. Unblocked pass rushers who would have turned the much less mobile Kolb into roadkill.
Vick not only escaped, but made plays, completing 21 of 34 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 37 yards. He notched his second straight 100-plus passer rating for just the second time in his career. He heads into the Jacksonville game ranked fourth in the league in passing and 13th in rushing.
Asked whether he thought Vick’s mobility was a factor in Reid’s decision to make him the starter, right tackle Winston Justice said, “He definitely can make people miss, but I don’t know if that played a part in the decision.”
If this were, say, 2 or 3 years ago, and the Eagles still had two dependable tackles like Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas and a healthy Jamaal Jackson at center, Kolb would be your starting quarterback Sunday.
Probably would have been your starting quarterback last week as well, since his chances of taking a concussion-causing lick from the Packers’ Clay Matthews would have been greatly reduced with Runyan at right tackle rather than Justice.
Matthews might have beaten Runyan as he did Justice, but the New Jersey congressional candidate would have tripped him or tackled him before allowing him to pounce on his quarterback.”
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