Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles-Jaguars: Michael Vick Starting vs. Jacksonville (Until Further Notice)

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2010

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

Philadelphia @ Jacksonville (+3)

Despite two straight stellar efforts from Michael Vick (one in relief of Kevin Kolb, the other as the starter), Andy Reid said Monday that Kolb would start when the 1-1 Eagles visit Jacksonville’s sparsely populated Municipal Stadium.

Then, on Tuesday, Reid changed his mind, naming Vick the starter.

“Hey, Jacksonville may have a history of attendance problems,” Reid said, “but the Eagles would have no trouble filling a stadium...full of people who disagreed with my original decision of Kolb starting.

“The city of Jacksonville should thank me though. The last thing they need is another blackout in Jacksonville.

“But Kevin and Michael supported my decision either way: Kevin because he’s obviously still concussed, and Michael because he’s a team player. Not only do I like ‘scripted’ plays, I also like ‘scripted’ Vick comments supporting my decision.”

Jack Del Rio is well aware of Reid’s quandary. Del Rio benched starter David Garrard after four interceptions in favor of Luke McCown, who was hurt after a solid relief effort. McCown has a torn ACL and is out for the year.

“So much for a quarterback controversy here,” Del Rio said. “Here in Jacksonville, there’s always a battle between the ‘Bench David Garrard’ and the ‘Start Luke McCown’ factions. This should at least quiet McCown’s supporters, who are a crazy, outspoken bunch known as the ‘Insane McCown Posse.’

Vick throws for three touchdowns against the Jaguars' suspect pass defense, and the Eagles roll to a 27-17 win.

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