Could Michael Vick's Injury Catch Andy Reid in a Lie?
"Alright, appreciate you guys showing up. I'm obviously here to announce that Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. I think his play has even exceeded expectations over the last two weeks. This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury."
This is obviously an excerpt from Andy Reid's press conference a couple of weeks ago in which he named Michael Vick the starting quarterback over Kevin Kolb. As you all know, Kolb received a concussion in Week 1 when Packers linebacker Clay Matthews crushed him.
Throughout this whole season, we have seen the glaring holes in the Eagles' offensive line. The play of the offensive line is so bad that I have nicknamed it the "Swiss Lorraine" line. Kolb was repeatedly pressured against the Packers and Michael Vick was sacked several times in Weeks 2 and 3. It seems that Reid made the change of quarterback because Vick is able to evade pressure... right?
"This had nothing to do with the offensive line." — Andy Reid
The Eagles pick up wins in Week 2 and Week 3, and all is well in Philadelphia. People are raving over Michael Vick and his unique skill set.
Enter Week 4. McNabb is back in town and everyone is fired up. In the first quarter, with approximately thirty-six seconds left, Michael Vick scrambles up the middle on a third and six play (how ironic). He is sandwiched at the line of scrimmage by Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall. Vick is hurt badly and can barely breathe as he grimaces and holds his ribs.
Fast forward to Monday. Michael Vick has a rib cartilage injury and is sidelined for one to two weeks. The Eagles immediately named Kevin Kolb the starter versus the 49ers.
If you happened to make it down to this point, I applaud you; It only gets better from here. Let us say Kevin Kolb plays "exceptional football" against the Niners and, if Vick isn't back in time, the Falcons. Will Andy change his opinion and make Kolb the starter again? Here are the three scenarios:
Scenario No. 1 — Kolb plays well, but Reid keeps Michael Vick as starter. This means that the decision to swap after Week 1 was based on the offensive line's porous protection and Andy Reid blatantly lied to protect his reputation of always having a solid O-line.
Scenario No. 2 — Kolb plays well, and Reid decides to keep him as starter. This means that Reid is just trying to get wins and decides to give Vick a bit more time to "heal".
Scenario No. 3 — Kolb just plain sucks in the next two weeks. Well then, Reid will look like an even bigger genius for choosing Vick over Kolb.
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