Oct 192010
Eagles QB Kevin Kolb

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb

October 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:

Kevin Kolb is the Eagles‘ likely starting quarterback Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, head coach Andy Reid said Monday.

Michael Vick is still dealing with pain, swelling and a limited range of motion from a rib cartilage tear, Reid said. If the Eagles had a game Monday, Vick could not have played.

“There’s a pretty good chance Kevin’s the guy this week,” Reid said.

He added that if Vick “feels like he does [Monday] it will be a reach,” for him to play Sunday, Reid said.

That sets up Kolb, who has improved every game he has played this year, for a third consecutive start and for Vick to get two more weeks to heal – this week and then the bye week after Sunday’s game.

If Kolb keeps playing at a high level, the situation will also set up a fascinating decision on who starts the Eagles’ first game after the bye, a Nov. 7 home date against the Indianapolis Colts. The decision on who starts will have an impact well beyond 2010.

Give Kolb the No. 1 job, and he will get a chance to continue his development and resume his role as the quarterback of the future. But Vick, in the final year of his contract, would likely seek, and receive, a chance to start elsewhere after the season. If Vick resumes his role as starter, on the other hand, the Eagles would seem committed to him, not Kolb, for the long term.

“I try to evaluate everything,” Reid said. He has said he enjoys having two quarterbacks playing at a high level, but the situation seems tenable for this season only. “Sometimes you’re right. Sometimes you’re wrong,” Reid said. “But I try to think about it in all different variables and then roll with it.”

Reid said he was not considering trade offers for either Kolb or Vick. The NFL’s trade deadline is Tuesday.

Reid was evasive Sunday when asked who his long-term starter will be, indicating it would be Vick – but not firmly. Mostly he parried the questions.

On Monday, he praised the 26-year-old Kolb for how he has handled his up-and-down season.

“I can’t tell you he was real happy with me when I made that move [to bench him]. . . . I wasn’t, like, the most popular guy in his life at that particular time. But you would have never known that when he left my office,” Reid said.”

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