September 27 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“There are 13 games left in the season, three or four more if you count the playoffs. So there are quite a few steps to go before Andy Reid can be labeled a genius.
But the Eagles’ coach probably upped his IQ slightly – at least in the eyes of his critics – after his controversial decision to switch starting quarterbacks two games into the season netted another outstanding performance from Michael Vick – and another victory.
This time, however, the Eagles received a full team effort, and the result Sunday was a 28-3 pounding of the even-worse-than-the-Detroit-Lions Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the franchise’s first win over the AFC South Division team after three losses and its first win at EverBank Field, which, of course, included the defeat to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
After all the turmoil – both internal and external – the Eagles are 2-1 and sit alone atop the NFC East. It’s the way many predicted the team would start, but no one could have forecast the way it would get there before the highly anticipated return of Donovan McNabb to Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday.
It will be Vick vs. McNabb, and who would have thought the new Eagles quarterback would be playing better than the traded franchise quarterback and the starting quarterback (Kevin Kolb) he replaced permanently when Reid made the announcement Tuesday?
“He played his heart out today, so it’s more about him than me or anything else,” Reid said of Vick. “It’s a tribute to what he has done and how he has handled things. I’m proud of him for doing that.”
Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 17-yard score. But his accomplishments didn’t end there. Vick has yet to throw an interception in 89 passes this season. In each of his first three games, he’s had a passer rating of more than 100, the first time he’s ever accomplished that feat in his career.
“I’m having a lot of fun,” Vick said. “This is a rough game. You just have as much fun as you make the game. When you put a lot of pressure on yourself, it doesn’t become too fun. I got to a point in this game that I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to make plays. The guys just told me to relax, and I did.””
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