Kevin Kolb has Andy Reid’s backing now, but he better win

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half of their NFL home opening football game in Detroit, Michigan September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

After leading the Eagles to victory over the Lions on Sunday, this is what Michael Vick told Peter King in reference to his role as Kevin Kolb’s backup:

“I know Kevin can do it,” Vick said. “I saw him do it all summer. For me, I’ve had a taste of it now, and now, finally, I know it’s going to be there for me. If I have to wait another year, I can. I can be patient.”

Those are the types of comments that show how far Vick has come in his maturity. Although, what else is he going to say? In the last two weeks, he’s completed 37 of his 58 pass attempts for 459 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.

He doesn’t have to say anything – his play speaks for itself.

Vick has put up Pro Bowl-type numbers in his two outings this year, but he knows Andy Reid makes the decisions. And Reid has already made it clear that Kolb is his starter for Week 3 and beyond.

But if I were Kolb, I wouldn’t get too comfortable. Sure, he has the backing of Reid and as long as he plays well, he’ll continue to receive his coach’s support. Reid went to bat for Kolb after he shipped Donovan McNabb to Washington on Easter Sunday and isn’t going to abandon him now for Vick. Reid also drafted Kolb and doesn’t want to be made the fool after choosing him over Vick earlier this offseason.

But again, Kolb better produce. Reid knows that in benching a nearly flawless Vick, he’s running the risk of not only having this situation blow up in his face, but losing games, too. Looking like a fool is definitely the lesser of two evils here.

The Eagles are at Jacksonville this week and host the Redskins next Sunday. Those are two winnable games and if Kolb can’t get the job done, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vick gets the starting nod again in Week 5 when the Eagles play the 49ers in San Francisco.

Or better yet, when they host the Falcons (Vick’s old team) in Week 6.

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Kevin Kolb impresses in preseason opener

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13: Kevin Kolb  of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 13, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

As Donovan McNabb made headlines in Washington last night for throwing his first touchdown pass as a Redskin, the Kevin Kolb era also started in Philadelphia against Jacksonville.

And it started off well.

On his first pass attempt of the preseason, Kolb threw a short pass to receiver DeSean Jackson, who promptly took it 21 yards for a first down. Kolb then engineered a 9-play, 65-yard drive that took 3:41 off the clock and ended with a 29-yard David Akers field goal.

An offense stalling in the red zone will never be considered a positive outcome, but considering it was Kolb’s first chance to impress in what will be a critical year for the youngster, I’m sure the Philly faithful will take the three points. The Eagles eventually went on to beat the Jaguars, 28-27.

Relatively speaking, Kolb was sharp. He completed 6-of-11 passes for 95 yards and also rushed for 15 yards, which included a nice first down pickup. He would have had a touchdown pass had Brent Celek made the catch on a red zone play in the first half, but a Jaguar defender knocked the ball out of his hands before the tight end could secure it.

On a whole, Kolb was satisfied with his performance (from the Philadelphia Daily News):

“With the talent that we have, we feel like we can execute and be consistent, and I’m not even saying I was consistent,” Kolb said. “We feel like we can put up a lot of points. Like I said, there were some mistakes, but I thought it was a good start overall.”

Michael Vick’s performance in this game was also note-worthy, as he completed 11-of-17 passes for 118 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on five carries, showing some of the speed that made him so popular earlier in his career.

Of course, he also showed some of that trademark carelessness by fumbling twice and coughing the ball up once.

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