“I want to be out there, but Andy always does what he feels is best for the team and so far to this point he’s done what’s best for my career, and I trust him,” Kolb said. “I still have faith it’ll work out here.”
This was a difficult decision for many reasons.
They traded six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington in April to clear the path for Kolb, and gave him a contract extension that guarantees him $12.25 million this season.
The move also goes against a standard belief that starters shouldn’t lose their job because of injury.
But Reid is treating this as a unique circumstance.
“There was nobody that influenced this call,” Reid said. “I made the decision, and then I clued in the other people involved with it.”
Vick has come a long way in his development as a quarterback, and in his maturation off the field after spending 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. He demonstrated that he no longer has a run-first mentality, and can be effective as a pocket passer.
With Vick leading the way, the Eagles have scored 62 points in six quarters. Kolb and the rest of the offense were awful in the first half of a 27-20 loss to Green Bay in Week 1. Vick came in after Kolb got hurt, threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards, nearly rallying the Eagles from a 17-point deficit.
Then Vick was spectacular in a 35-32 win at Detroit. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs, ran for 37 yards and had to escape a relentless blitz throughout the game.
Though Reid denied it, Vick’s remarkable ability to escape pressure could be a factor in this switch because Philadelphia’s offensive line is struggling. Kolb is less mobile and putting him behind a poor line right now could be dangerous since he’s already sustained one concussion.
In just two days, Kolb went from starter to someone who could be on the trading block. There were reports that Cleveland already inquired about Kolb, and Reid wouldn’t commit to him being here beyond the Oct. 19 trade deadline. Browns general manager Tom Heckert held that position in Philadelphia when Kolb was drafted.