Andy Reid Explains Reasons Behind Decision To Start Michael Vick

The Philadelphia Eagles caught some in the football world off guard on Tuesday when the team announced that Michael Vick will remain starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, despite proclaimed future franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb able to return after being sidelined with a concussion.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Reid announced, "Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. I think his play has even exceeded expectations over the last two weeks. This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury ... he's done a phenomenal job for us here. The future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit. He has an opportunity to be what I would consider a franchise quarterback and very deserving of so. This is more about Michael Vick and his accelerated play. He's sitting there as possibly the hottest quarterback in the NFL at this time."

"When you deal with a decision like this, you take as much time as you possibly need to take," Reid said. "The first person I met with on this decision was Kevin Kolb. I met with him the past two days and we shared thoughts ... He's a young quarterback that I think the sky's the limit for. He's just in a situation where an ex-superstar has regained his abilities and it's that simple. Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now."

Hey, someone sounds excited about the new Michael Vick era in Philly.

Reid went on to say that Kolb has accepted the decision because he's a team player. Reid also said the team has not given any consideration to trying to trade Kolb,

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