Posted by Josh Katzowitz
So, Eagles coach Andy Reid is trying to protect former starter/current backup Kevin Kolb. Protect him from the scrutiny of those enormously-sympathetic Philadelphia fans. Protect him from the local media who would “crucify” (Reid’s words, not mine) the young Kolb.
That’s what he told SI.com’s Peter King.
“He's a franchise quarterback,” Reid told King. “He will win games, and championships, for the Eagles. But I think it's a different deal when you go out there and can't make a mistake or you're going to get crucified, which is the way this thing might have gone if he went back in there now.”
Then, strangely, Reid denied making those comments. But as myfoxphilly.com points out, Reid later changed his mind and admitted to saying exactly that.
Apparently, he said through a team spokesman, he misunderstood a reporter’s question.
Why did Reid, then, repeatedly insist Kolb was the starter, no matter what Michael Vick accomplished on the field?
"I needed to buy myself some time, to think about this and make the right decision,” he told King.
I guess all of this makes sense. But it's kind of weird the way Reid went about making - and then informing the fan base of - this decision.
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