Andy Reid: “It’s a great thing to have if you have two quarterbacks that everybody trusts and have potential to win football games for you”October 12, 2010 – 11:00 am by Chris Fedor
This offseason the Eagles were willing to deal away Donovan McNabb because they were ready to hand the franchise off to Kevin Kolb. Kolb had been sitting behind McNabb since the time he was drafted and Andy Reid and the Eagles decided it was his time. However, Kolb got injured in the first half of the first game and then Michael Vick took over and was playing at an MVP level until he got hurt against Washington.
No Michael Vick, no problem for the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite not having the explosive quarterback, Kolb played extremely well this past weekend and lifted the Eagles to the top of the NFC East once again. If Kolb gets the start again this weekend, plays well once again, and the Eagles knock off the Falcons, then Reid might have to backtrack on his comments and Philly might once again have a QB controversy.
Andy Reid joined WIP in Philadelphia with Howard Eskin, Ike Reese, and Merrill Reese to talk about the win this past weekend against San Francisco, how he feels about Kevin Kolb and the way he played this past weekend, LeSean McCoy playing through injury, what it was that Kolb did well this weekend that he hasn’t done, and how tough it will be to sit Vick against Atlanta.
On the win this past weekend vs. San Francisco and how close it was at the end:
“It was. It came right down to the end. I was proud of our guys for pushing through. That’s not an easy thing to do going out and playing a team that was 0-4. Not too many teams go 0-4 in this league and their back was ultimately to the wall and our guys took the same mentality into the game and I thought did a nice job with it. A lot of things we can improve on, but taking a long trip against an opponent like that and being able to finish it off like we did, there were some good things there.”
On the play of Kevin Kolb:
“Well listen. You know better than anybody how I feel about Kevin and Michael. I’ve got confidence that both of them can play. We’re not gonna stick Michael back out there if he’s injured and can’t function. As much as I know how much he wants to play against Atlanta, we’re not going to do anything stupid there. I think everybody on our football team has confidence in Kevin if Kevin is the quarterback out there. When I say it’s a beautiful thing, it’s a great thing to have if you have two quarterbacks that everybody trusts and have potential to win football games for you.”
On LeSean McCoy playing through an injury:
“He is. You can see him when he went down, he normally is very good with knowing exactly where those first down markers are and he was fighting like crazy to stay in bounds is what he was doing. That’s what he had primary on his mind so the clock would continue to run and he thought he had the first down. The expression on his face when he looked over and saw he was two yards short he just wanted to beat himself up. Those things happen and we were able to overcome that and win the game. He’ll learn from it. He’s a young guy and he’s playing out of his mind. His toughness, you’re talking about a guy that is smiling and jovial every day. This guy is never in a bad mood so you kinda take those smiles and jokes that he’s not tough. This guy is tougher than shoe leather. He didn’t want to miss a practice although I sat him down for a couple days and then he wasn’t gonna miss the game. Once the doctors ok’d him it was just a matter if he could handle the pain and he went in and played his heart out.”
On what Kevin Kolb did well this weekend that he didn’t do in the past:
“He managed the game and then the defense as opposed to the week before when we saw primarily cover two this crew here mixed different coverages and blitzes and handled all those different looks and kinda took what the defense was giving him and let the offense work for him. I thought he did a great job of that.”
On his starting QB this weekend for the Eagles:
“It’s Michael Kolb.”