Kevin Kolb has prepared all week to start this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but he got confirmation Friday when head coach Andy Reid ruled out Michael Vick.
"I approached it like that all week and that's the way you have to do it, so it doesn't change anything in my mind," Kolb said upon receiving the news.
Kolb, of course, came into the season as the starting quarterback, only to get displaced by Vick when Kolb was out with a concussion. So Sunday is a chance for Kolb to prove to the entire league, in a nationally televised game, what the Eagles saw in him when they made the decision to move forward with Kolb as the starter in the offseason.
"It's been a different year than I've played out in my head, but here we are in Week 5 and I'm starting so we just need to go be 3-2," Kolb said. "I think if you let all the other distractions come into play, then you're doing too much and I just want to focus on doing the best I can playing quarterback and offense putting points on the board."
Reid said that Kolb has done a good job this week running the offense, and he expects the offense to produce.
"He's done a good job, and done everything we've asked him to do," Reid said. Kolb "seems comfortable with the game plan and I think (he's) fired up about playing."
The good news for Kolb is that he will likely have the services of running back LeSean McCoy, who practiced on Friday for the first time this week. This Sunday, Kolb will do his best to incorporate McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek into the offense as the team looks to get back over the .500 mark.
Our confidence "is super high and our team's (confidence) is super high. We had an unbelievable week of work. Our intensity level's been through the roof and I feel like we have a great gameplan."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:40 p.m., October 8