Last night, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said, "Michael [Vick] is still the starting quarterback so we won't get that controversy going there."
But now the dilemma is plain. If Vick plays well enough to allow the Eagles to make a long playoff run, it is hard to believe they wouldn't re-sign him, in which case [Kevin] Kolb is going to have to be traded. But if Vick doesn't play well enough, then the Eagles have just wasted what should have been Kolb's season of development.
How Reid juggles it all will continue to be the story of 2010. But in the meantime, Kolb has managed to insulate himself from the winds and the controversies and gone about the business of getting better. His numbers last night: 21-for-31 for 253 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions. His passer rating was 103.3.
"I thought, all in all, he managed the game well," Reid said. "He was accurate. There was no hesitation putting the ball in tight holes. He did it with conviction. I thought he just stepped up and played like we know Kevin can play."
Kolb was a guy we thought would be a good target in the middle rounds to fill your QB slot and not miss a lot of production that the bigger names would give. But, he had a slow start and a concussion, and lost his job to Vick. It was nice to see Kolb still has the potential to play well, like he did last year. Kolb's value now seems to be as a backup to Vick, but with last night's game you can again feel comfortable he has the potential to play well if called upon.