When Michael Vick signed to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, it was just a baby step toward redeeming himself, but it seemed as if it’d be a long road to redemption, as he served as the team’s back-up behind Donovan McNabb.
But, with McNabb now with the Redskins this season and Vick proving he’s still got it, especially with the performances he’s put on during the Eagles’ first two games this season, the team has decided to make him the starting quarterback, over previous starter Kevin Kolb.
On Tuesday (September 21), coach Andy Reid announced the news and explained why.
“When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have to give him an opportunity,” Reid told ESPN. “This isn’t about Kevin Kolb’s play. You’re talking about Michael Vick as one the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now.”
Due to a concussion, Kolb has missed the last six quarters of play, and Vick picked up the slack in his absence. While Reid believes Kolb has the potential to be great, he says Vick has earned a shot.
“Kevin is fine. It’s not an injury-related issue,” Reid explain. “It’s not about judging him. He’s going to be a championship-caliber quarterback.”
According to ESPN, the decision to go with Vick had been in the works for two days.
Team sources told the sports network that due to problems with their offensive line, they feel Vick’s mobility would be a better fit to combat the issue.
ESPN says: “The film study showed that Vick, who was sacked six times, was under constant duress because backup center Mike McGlynn had difficulty recognizing blitzes and then setting the protection. As a whole, the offensive line did not play well, and Reid realized then that Vick, with his mobility, would be a better fit to start rather than Kolb. There also was a concern that the offensive line’s play was so poor that Kolb would be exposed to another concussion, sources told Paolantonio.”
Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards in Kolb’s absense in a 27-20 season-opening loss to Green Bay. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in Sunday’s (September 19) win over Detroit. His start Sunday, was his first in nearly four years.
“Michael did an exceptional job and my job is to evaluate the players,” Reid said. “It’s my obligation to make the proper decision.”