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With Frustrating Week Over, Kolb Ready To Lead

Kevin Kolb addressed a small media contingent on Monday and talked about his return to health from the concussion he suffered last week, how frustrating the past week has been for him and his confidence in Michael Vick as the number two quarterback.

As for a perceived "quarterback controversy," Kolb said that it's simply not perceived as such on the inside.

"It's different when you're in-house," Kolb said. "I know I didn't play very well that first half (against Green Bay), we didn't play very well and Mike (Vick) has done a great job. I'm really proud of him the way he came in, led us in that second half and then led us to a victory yesterday. That was a good team win yesterday. All I can do is handle what's on the field. That's me getting out there. I'm anxious to get back on the field Wednesday for a practice and it starts there.

"I have faith in Mike. I think everybody does. I think we knew that he's a great athlete and he's a great talent he's got his step back. We could all see it every day when we were working out with him. I knew when I went down that there wasn't going to be an issue with him picking it up and rolling with it."

Kolb said that he appreciates head coach Andy Reid being so steadfast in his support of the fourth-year quarterback.

"I appreciate it, but I have to go prove it too," he said. "That's the competitive nature of everybody. We know in this league, you have to go out there and give it everything you have on every single snap. Andy's loyal to everybody. He's a trustworthy guy and he does what's right for the team always. And I appreciate the words that Mike (Vick) has said. Like I said, I'm proud of him and proud of the team and I thought he did a heck of a job yesterday."

Kolb also explained the process immediately following last week's concussion when he briefly returned to the game.

"When I came out, I didn't have a lot of the symptoms and I felt like I was ok," he said. "I passed a lot of those tests, those immediate tests on the sideline. Then, when I went back out there, that's when it hit me. I forgot the snap count a couple of times and something obvious was wrong and I think a lot of the teammates went over to Rick then and said, 'Yeah, no matter what he's telling you, something is wrong.'

Kolb said he didn't really feel like himself until last Wednesday, following a lot of rest. Then, after passing the various tests throughout the week, he felt like himself by Friday.

Kolb's week was certainly frustrating and it culminated in having to watch yesterday's victory from his home.

"It was different," he said. "Honestly, it was like an out of body experience. A lot more enjoyable when you're out there on the field. The biggest thing is not being out there battling with your guys. That's what you really want to do. Even the whole trip, being at home, you'd much rather be out there.

"It wasn't exactly how I planned it out and played it through my head. But I'm a big believer in things happen for a reason. The thing you learn about this sport is that you go through a lot of highs and lows and everybody does, every single player, every single team at every single level. You have to find a way to fight through it and we fought through it yesterday and came out with a victory. Now we're 1-1 and trying to go get another one at Jacksonville."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:42 a.m., September 20

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