In a twist yesterday unforeseen by anyone and everyone, Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid named Michael Vick the starting quarterback for the Eagles for…well…the rest of the season.
If, that is, Vick keeps “playing out of his mind.”
It was assumed by just about everyone that Kevin Kolb would not lose his job to injury, especially since the Eagles jettisoned Donovan McNabb last spring to hand the reigns over to the team’s future quarterback.
However, after suffering a concussion against the Packers during week one, Kolb missed the week two game against Detroit; and the rest is history for Kolb, for now at least. Vick started that game against Detroit and piled up 321 yards of offense with two passing touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over once in the 35-32 win.
Prior to that, Vick ignited a brief, albeit failed, comeback attempt against the Packers in week one. Kolb attempted only ten passes in that game and the offense was booed by Philly fans after several Kolb-led inept drives. Vick amassed 278 yards of offense and a score in relief of Kolb on short notice, earning him a spot among the top waiver wire additions post week one.
The news took the fantasy football community by surprise yesterday, whipping fantasy bloggers into a frenzy on the subject. Just a sample of the reactions from around the fantasy football blogosphere:
Fantasy: Vick remaining starter has trickle effect [CBSSports.com]
Fantasy Football Alert: Michael Vick Named Eagles’ Starter [FanHouse]
Philly flip-flop: Michael Vick is the starter [Roto Arcade]
Vick named Eagles’ starting QB (Week 3 and beyond) [Bruno Boys]