It did not take Eagles head coach Andy Reid long to change his mind about the starting QB spot for his team.
Tuesday, just one day after saying the club would go back to Kevin Kolb under center, Reid did a 180, naming Michael Vick the teams starter.
“When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have to give him an opportunity,” Reid said. “This isn’t about Kevin Kolb’s play. You’re talking about Michael Vick as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now.”
Kolb started the teams first game, a loss against the Packers, but had to leave and missed the second half due to a concussion. He missed the game at Detroit last Sunday, and Vick played his way into the starting spot with a solid outing the teams 35-32 win.
“Kevin is fine. It’s not an injury-related issue,” Reid said. “It’s not about judging him. He’s going to be a championship-caliber quarterback.”
Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards in the 27-20 season-opening loss to Green Bay. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in the three-point win at Detroit on Sunday.
Kolb started two games in his first three seasons before he became the team’s starter after Donovan McNabb was traded to Washington on Easter.
Kolb struggled in the first half against the Packers in the season opener, but he became the first QB in league history to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts last year.
Though the Eagles have been grooming Kolb to be the starter since drafting him in the second round in 2007, Vick forced Reid to make a difficult decision by playing better than he did when he was a superstar in Atlanta.
“Michael did an exceptional job and my job is to evaluate the players,” Reid said. “It’s my obligation to make the proper decision.”
Vick’s start against the Lions was his first in nearly four years. He has completed 63.8 percent of his passes and has posted consecutive games with a passer rating above 100 for only the second time in his career.
“His accelerated play was brilliant,” Reid said. “This is what I think is right. He’s back and maybe even a little better.”