- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“There were a lot of F-words that weren’t ‘Florida’ being yelled at me. It was beautiful.”

- Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin

TAKE YOUR PICK Who should the Eagles start at quarterback against the Chiefs this weekend?

A. Michael Vick — Having completed his two-game NFL suspension, the controversial playmaker is now eligible to play Sunday. He hasn’t started a game since a New Year’s Eve loss to the Eagles in 2006.

B. Donovan McNabb — There’s no question the veteran will start if his cracked rib is healed enough to convince coach Andy Reid he can perform in a flak jacket. But would you risk the rest of McNabb’s season against a lowly nonconference opponent? The Chiefs are 0-2 on the season, feature one of the NFL’s worst offenses and are coming off a 13-10 home loss to the Raiders.

C. Kevin Kolb — After beginning the season as McNabb’s official backup, Kolb made the first start of his career in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans. Kolb passed for 391 yards and two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

D. Jeff Garcia — The Eagles signed the 11-year vet as an emergency option after McNabb was injured in the team’s season-opening victory at Carolina. Garcia knows Reid’s offense intimately after guiding the Eagles to the playoffs in 2006 after McNabb went down with an injury.

Our take — Unless McNabb is truly 100 percent, it’s doubtful Reid will press him back into action, especially given next week’s conveniently placed bye. Expect Reid to rest McNabb for two more weeks and start either Kolb or Garcia. Kolb might be the team’s long-term solution at the position, but Sunday’s performance proved he’s not yet ready to manage the position efficiently. It makes more sense to start Garcia, a veteran unlikely to make the kind of game-changing mistakes Kolb made, while mixing in liberal doses of Vick in the Wildcat package.

TWT FIVE EARLY HEISMAN TROPHY RACE

Rank/player, School 2009 stats

1. Tim Tebow, Florida (3-0) 540 passing yards, 148 rushing yards, 8 total TDs, 1 interception

2. Jahvid Best, Cal (3-0) 412 rushing yards, 7.8 yards a carry, 8 TDs

3. Colt McCoy, Texas (3-0) 68.2 percent completed, 859 yards, 6 TDs, 4 interceptions

4. Jacory Harris, Miami (2-0) 69.5 percent completed, 656 yards, 5 TDs, 2 interceptions

5. Eric Berry, Tennessee (1-2) 24 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception

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