Posted by Will Brinson
The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.
Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.
"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.
Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.
The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .
"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."
"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.
But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.
It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.
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