In Tuesday night’s press conference love letter to Michael Vick, Andy Reid repeatedly said the Eagles change at quarterback wasn’t about Kevin Kolb.
Reid thinks Vick is one of the best quarterbacks in the league; Vick has to prove Reid right. In a conversation with Peter King of Sports Illustrated, however, Reid allowed that there were other reasons for the switch. He was worried about how Kolb would be treated as a starter, as pointed out in one-liners today.
young quarterback needs time to mature as he grows in the game. I don’t
think Kolb has lost one thing,” Reid said. “He’s a franchise quarterback. He will
win games, and championships, for the Eagles.”
And here’s the kicker.
“But I think it’s a
different deal when you go out there and can’t make a mistake or you’re
going to get crucified, which is the way this thing might have gone if
he went back in there now,” Reid said.
I was all for the change. You play the best guy. But it’s somewhat remarkable to hear Reid admit that the reaction of the media and especially fans played a role in the decision.