September 21 Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Smallwood:
“THE WAY a lot of people see things after the first 2 weeks of the NFL season is that Andy Reid had two good choices and instead went with the third.
If you want to point out that the quarterback he shipped out of town, Donovan McNabb, is 1-1 with the Washington Redskins and just passed for more than 400 yards on Sunday, you can.
If you want to point out that the quarterback Reid labeled as the backup, Michael Vick, has led the Eagles to seven touchdowns in six quarters, you can.
And if you want to point out that most recent images of Kevin Kolb, the quarterback Reid anointed as his starter, aren’t very good, I guess you can really do that.
But if you’re looking for an explanation from Reid about why he does what he does, you haven’t paid attention the last 11 years.
“Listen, I know I’m in the business where I can’t please everybody,” Reid said yesterday when the inevitable question arose of why Kolb is starting on Sunday against Jacksonville instead of Vick. “I know that; that’s not what I’m here to do . . .
“I’m not here to justify one [quarterback] over the other. I’m not going to do that.”
If you’re not satisfied with that explanation, that’s just too bad.
Still, take solace in that this is not one of those typical “need-to-know-basis” answers from Reid.
There is a legitimate quandary here with these two quarterbacks – one that does not yet have a clear answer because not enough data has been gathered.
If you want to tell me that Vick’s performances in the second half against Green Bay and against Detroit are all you need to know he is the right choice to lead this team at this time, I’d disagree, but will concede the argument could be valid. I once argued in favor of A.J. Feeley over McNabb because of the “hot-hand theory,” so you certainly can make a strong case for Vick.
But there is no way you can tell me you know enough about Kolb to say he can’t get the job done. The guy played one half of football this season before getting knocked out with a concussion. Before that, he was the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in his first two starts.”
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