We’ve witnessed some quick hooks when it comes to quarterbacks in the NFL this season, but Kevin Kolb had about one half of football as the Eagles’ starter before a concussion sent him to the sideline and Michael Vick into the lineup.
Effectively, Kolb was Wally Pipped.
Before Tuesday, Eagles coach Andy Reid had been adamant that Kolb would return as the starter when healthy. While explaining his flip-flop on Tuesday — and reiterating it was his decision supported by management — Reid came back to the focus (over and over) that Vick’s play forced his hand to back-track on his decision.
“At that time, I told you what I believed,” Reid said about anointing Kolb the starter when healthy. “I’m not able to predict the future. I will tell you that Michael went out and I thought did an exceptional job the last two weeks, and it’s my job as a head coach to evaluate the play of our players.”
It’s tough to deny what Reid is seeing on tape.
“He’s just in a situation where he has an ex-surperstar who has re-gained his abilities,” Reid said of Kolb. “It’s that simple.”
Maybe Reid has been agonizing over this decision, but it leaves us to wonder why he came out this week in support of Kolb, knowing throughout the offseason what he has seen in Vick. Where does this leave Kolb? As Reid was grilled on his decision, he referred to Kolb as a “championship-level quarterback” and the “franchise QB of the future.”
“The future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit,” Reid said. “He has an opportunity to be what I would consider a franchise quarterback and is very deserving as so. This is more about Michael Vick and his accelerated play. He’s sitting there as possibly the hottest quarterback in the NFL at this time and deserves to play.
“I actually think this helps Kevin Kolb’s maturation process. This allows him to continue to learn, and he’ll do that. That’s a time factor. This comes back to Michael Vick’s play. … [Kolb will] be fine. The future is bright for Kevin Kolb.”
It goes to show how quickly things can change in the NFL. Was this the right decision by Reid?
— Frank Tadych