It was inevitable during Monday's press conference with Andy Reid that the head coach would be asked whether Michael Vick would be a better fit to run the offense after he accumulated 278 yards of total offense, including 103 on the ground for his 10th career 100-yard rushing game, in nearly rallying the Eagles to a come-from-behind win.
Reid praised Vick's performance and growth as a player in the year that he's been with the Eagles.
"I don't want to slight Michael Vick one bit because I'm very proud of the things that he did in there. He did a heckuva job and he did a lot of it with his feet. He had over 100 yards rushing the football. He was able to get away from some of the pressure and make things happen," Reid said. "He's come a long way from where he was when he first got here. Again, Kevin's the guy."
Of course, Reid was referring to Kevin Kolb who exited Sunday's game at halftime with a concussion. Two questions later, Reid was asked whether Vick would be vying for the full-time starting job since there is a chance Kolb won't be able to suit up this Sunday in Detroit.
Well, Reid made it very clear who his quarterback is - now and moving forward.
"Let me state it again ... Kevin Kolb is the No. 1 quarterback."
Reid said that he has not ruled out Kolb, nor middle linebacker Stewart Bradley who also suffered a concussion, for the Lions game. Both players will undergo a three-part series of tests where they must be cleared by team doctors and a third-party neurologist, Philadelphia-based Dr. William Welch, before being able to return to practice.
Kolb suffered his concussion on a sack by Clay Matthews in the second quarter. Bradley incurred his while diving in to make a play and his head connected with Ernie Sims' leg. Kolb and Bradley were tested at the NovaCare Complex on Monday morning and then set home. Reid said that neither player felt all that great.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:25 p.m., September 13