Kevin Kolb: Still the Philadelphia Eagles Starting Quarterback, Vick-torious or Not

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2010

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As far as stubborn coaches go, Andy Reid has never been known to make snap decisions and absurd judgements early on in the season.

I guess much of this fact is due to the Eagles never having to face many quarterback issues, as Donovan McNabb was always the firm and trusted starter behind center in the past. 

However, here we are heading toward Week 3 of the regular season, and it appears that the Philadelphia Eagles are still trying to get their act together, in terms of who will be starting this upcoming weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But unfortunately, that was the story up until today.

Following the Eagles victorious win over the Detroit Lions yesterday that saw Philadelphia notably excel under Michael Vick's talents, Andy Reid has stuck by Kevin Kolb looking toward Week 3, as he feels the necessity to emphasize loyalty to the teams youngest and most inexperienced player.

What is more surprising to hear from the head coach though, is the fact that he embraces the current situation in Philadelphia, and feels that having two talented quarterbacks benefits the team immensely.

"I think it's a beautiful situation," Andy Reid said on Monday. "I look at it a lot differently than other people look at it. I've got two quarterbacks that can play at a very important position. I'm a happy guy about it. There are a lot of teams that don't have good quarterbacks, ones that they feel like they can win with, and I feel like we can with both of those guys."

Make of this statement what you will, the fans in Philadelphia may feel a little differently considering the effort and results that Michael Vick has been able to produce so far this season.

To compare the two quarterbacks right now, Michael Vick is the easy winner.  Since the very moment Kevin Kolb was sidelined with a concussion, it appeared that Michael Vick's heroics in the second half of the Green Bay game were enough to earn him the starting role in the coming weeks.

Yet at the same time, head coach Andy Reid seems to be placing faith in Kevin Kolb, and has instead chosen to follow the Ted Thompson-Aaron Rodgers way of thinking, and go with his gut on his original starting pick.

So what does this all mean for the quarterback situation in Philadelphia?

Well it appears that we will all relive the Week 1 hype once again, and watch Kevin Kolb try and impress the world over, against a considerably weaker Jacksonville Jaguars side.

Aside from what we already know though, it seems that Michael Vick is a certainty to sit out most of the game against the Jaguars, even though Andy Reid is willing to place him into the starting role for the odd wildcat situation that may pop up.

But surely the question must be asked, how much longer is Andy Reid willing to play Kevin Kolb if he fails once again in Week 3?

To be quite frank, no one knows the answer to this question.  But if this past weekend is any indicator, Andy Reid is willing to mix and match his quarterbacks all year long, if it means the difference between winning and losing.

While we're on the topic of winning and losing, in a statistical comparison, Michael Vick is of course the clear winner. 

Seeing as though Kevin Kolb has only played a half of football the entire year, Michael Vick's 284 yards and 2 touchdowns this week against the Lions was exceptionally impressive, as it not only gave the Eagles some confidence, it also seemed to win everybody over when it came to Michael Vick as the starter.

Still, it appears that Michael Vick's efforts were only appreciated by Andy Reid, rather than enough to fully win him over.

At the end of Week 2, Andy Reid has really made some headlines in Philadelphia.  Yet at the same time he is fond of assuring everybody that there are no quarterback controversies right now on the Eagles roster.

And what do the fans have to say about all of this?

It isn't unlike Eagle fans to be vocal, but the feeling in Philadelphia right now is a little surprising, as Eagle fans are willing to see Kevin Kolb given that second chance.

"I know I didn't play very well that first half. We didn't play very well, and Mike's done a great job," Kevin Kolb said. "I'm really proud of him, the way he came in and led us in that second half and then led us to the victory. That was a good team win yesterday".

Say what you will, these are words of a man that is trying to play his very best, and is willing to get back on the horse in an instant.

As for Michael Vick, the feeling is also mutual.  He is glad that he has been able to serve the team well, and despite a Week 1 loss to the Packers, Andy Reid acknowledges how close a loss that was for the Eagles.

In relation to Kevin Kolb though, Michael Vick is willing to let him have a second shot, and has more or less stated how comfortable he feels with the current situation.

In all reality, the quarterback issues in Philadelphia may pan out, and hey, Andy Reid is somewhat right in saying that the Eagles do have two very capable guys.

However at the same time a simple failure this week by Kevin Kolb would really throw some spice into the recipe, and if Andy Reid was to stay stubborn on allowing Kevin Kolb to start, some uproar could come from the fans considering that Michael Vick's talents are going to waste.

It's somewhat testy times in Philadelphia, and I do feel that it is yet to reach boiling point.  Luckily for the Eagles though, the Jaguar defense is nothing special, and Kevin Kolb may just excel this upcoming weekend if all things go to plan.

While we sit and wait though, lets all give Michael Vick a small round of applause, he's delivered for the Eagles in every way possible, and although his efforts haven't been enough to earn him the starting role totally, he will be the favored guy if the Eagles collapse this Sunday.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.


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