Michael Vick to start against the Lions in Week 2?

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of NFL football action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Eagle fans that enjoyed Michael Vick’s performance against the Packers on Sunday might get a taste of it again in Week 2.

With Kevin Kolb’s playing status up in the air due to a concussion, beat writer Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News thinks it’s likely that Vick will start against the Lions this Sunday. The backup came in yesterday and nearly led the Eagles to a come back against the Packers by completing 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown, as well as rushing for 103 yards on 11 carries. Philly eventually lost 27-20, however.

The Lions’ secondary is one of the weakest in the league, so it’ll be a good matchup for either Kolb or Vick. But it’ll be interesting to see what happens if Vick plays well again while Kolb is on the sidelines because it could spark a quarterback controversy in Philly. Andy Reid maintains that Kolb is the starter and he’ll certainly have to do more than look shaky for one half against one of the league’s best defenses (Green Bay) to lose his job. But when it boils down to it, the only thing that matters in the NFL is winning so this is going to be a storyline to follow for the next couple of weeks.

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Vick forgets what year it is, nearly rescues Eagles from shaky Kolb

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Michael Vick  of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Kevin Kolb era got off to a less than auspicious start in Philadelphia on Sunday. Not only did the 26-year-old quarterback have to leave the game due to a concussion, but when he was in there he was brutal, finishing just 5-of-10 for 24 yards with no touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Luckily for the Eagles, Michael Vick blacked out at halftime and when he woke up, he thought it was 2002. He wound up throwing for 175 yards on 16-of-24 passing and one touchdown, while also rushing for 103 yards on 11 carries. Outside of being stopped on a 4th and 1 to seal a 27-20 win for the Packers, he was nearly flawless in relief duty.

But Eagle fans hoping to see more of that shouldn’t get too excited because Andy Reid already said following the game that Kolb will start against the Lions in Week 2 if he’s medically cleared to play. Of course, with the new conclusion rules for players, Kolb maybe forced to miss the game and Philly fans could wind up seeing Vick after all.

I’m sure this will be a topic of discussion all week, but it’ll be interesting to see if a) Kolb plays next Sunday and b) if he plays well. If he does play and once again fails to impress (especially against an awful Detroit secondary), then I can’t wait to read the headlines in Philadelphia the next morning. You know some overzealous writer has the words “quarterback controversy” saved in a Word doc right now.

Five reasons Vick makes sense for the Eagles

To the surprise of many, the Eagles went out on a limb and signed free agent quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with a $5.2 million team option for 2010. Below are five reasons why this move makes sense for Philadelphia.

1. The Eagles are going for broke this season.
This offseason, Philly traded a first round pick to Buffalo in exchange for Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters and also signed lineman Stacy Andrews. They also added playmakers Jeremy Maclin and LeSean “Shady” McCoy via the draft, so it’s clear that the Eagles are stocking their roster with as much offensive talent as they can. Vick was once highly regarded as the best athlete in the NFL and at $1.6 million, Philly is willing to take the risk in hopes that they just added even more talent to their brimming roster.

2. The Eagles offer a solid support system.
The Eagles have always been a model organization and they wouldn’t have made a move like this if they hadn’t first consulted Tony Dungy (who is mentoring Vick) and weighed all of their options. Vick leaves a lot to be desired as a human being, but Andy Reid, Joe Banner and Tom Heckert must believe that he can turn around his life and are willing to take him in. Plus, one would assume that Vick will be on his best behavior and Reid isn’t going to put up with an attitude. Another key to this situation is Donovan McNabb, who has the respect of his teammates and will certainly take some of the attention away from Vick’s arrival.

3. Kolb’s knee injury maybe worse than the Eagles are letting on.
While Vick doesn’t pose a threat to McNabb’s starting job, he does put pressure on backup Kevin Kolb, who was carted off the practice field at the beginning of the week after spraining his left knee. While reports state that Kolb should be fine, the signing of Vick may indicate that Philadelphia wants some insurance behind McNabb and Vick, despite his two-year playing absence, was the best QB on the market.

Of course, it’s entirely conceivable that the Eagles were working on a contract with Vick before Kolb’s injury, in which case maybe Philly just isn’t that high on Kolb’s development after two years. It’s a shame to think that a team would give up on a 24-year old former second round pick after just two years (especially a quarterback), but maybe the Eagles just don’t see much of a future in Kolb.

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