Michael Vick named Eagles' starter
UPDATED (7:24 p.m.)...
The Philadelphia Eagles have named Michael Vick their starter at quarterback.
Coach Andy Reid reversed course after saying repeatedly that Kevin Kolb would regain the starting job when healthy.
Kolb suffered a concussion in the first half of the Eagles' season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 12.
"Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid said at an evening news conference. "I think his play has even exceeded expectations over the last two weeks. This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury.... The future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this. He has a chance to be a franchise quarterback. This is about Michael Vick and his accelerated play.
"He's sitting there as possibly the hottest quarterback in the National Football League and he deserves a chance to play."
Vick played well in the second half of the opener. With Kolb sidelined last Sunday, Vick made his first start at quarterback since the 2006 season, when he was with the Atlanta Falcons, and led the Eagles to their first win of the season at Detroit.
Vick has completed 37 of 58 passes for 459 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, in two games this season. He also has rushed for 140 yards. He's in his second season with the Eagles after missing two NFL seasons while serving a federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.
Kolb completed five of 10 passes for 24 yards and was sacked three times in the first half of the Green Bay game. Kolb had been expected to regain the starting job this week, based on what Reid had said publicly since immediately after the defeat to the Packers.
"At the time, I told you what I believed," Reid said Tuesday. "Obviously I'm not, like any of us, able to predict the future. Michael went out and did a phenomenal job the last two weeks.... Very few quarterbacks can go out and play the way he's played the last couple weeks.... Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now, and that's a beautiful thing.
"... This is what I think is right, and that's kind of the bottom line."
The Eagles play at Jacksonville on Sunday.
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