So with Eagles quarterback Mike Vick out for at least the next game, possibly more, with bruised rib cartilage and a small fracture in his rib cage, quarterback Kevin Kolb has a chance to do to Vick what Vick did to Kolb, right?
Asked whether the starting job is up for grabs, Eagles coach Andy Reid was blunt.
“No,” he said. “[Vick’s] the starting quarterback,” Reid said, per Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Actually, that statement is less a reflection of truth than kiss of death, given Reid’s recent history.
He declared in January that Donovan McNabb would be the starting quarterback in 2010, and McNabb wasn’t. More recently, Reid declared that Kolb would be the starting quarterback after he recovered from a Week One concussion, and he isn’t. Now that Reid has said that Vick is the starting quarterback, Mike is in line to the be third guy to have the rug pulled out from under him.
And, really, isn’t that the way it should be? If, in theory, Kevin Kolb becomes the hottest quarterback in the league over the next couple of games, how can Reid not do to Vick what Reid did to Kolb last month?
The more accurate statement should be that Vick remains the starter, but that everything is subject to change — and that the guys best suited to help the team win, regardless of position, will play.
Kolb claims he’s not concerned about those issues.
“If I get into all that, then I’m focusing on the wrong thing,” Kolb said. “My focus right now is to go beat San Francisco and make sure I do my part to do that.”
So while he won’t be focusing on the wrong thing, Kolb surely will be hoping that, if he delivers in a big way while Vick heals, Reid will do what Kolb will believe to be the right thing.