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So who starts at QB for the Eagles next week?

Nobody knows. Even Kevin Kolb, who threw for 326 yards on 23-of-29 passing with three TDs and one INT yesterday afternoon. He even had a career-high 133.6 passer rating.

In a interview with Hannah Storm this morning on SportsCenter, Kolb said he hasn't been told whether he or Michael Vick, currently recovering from a rib injury, will start next week at Tennessee. The Eagles aren't even sure if Vick will be ready to go.

"Everybody has confidence, whether it's me or Mike out there, that we'll keep putting points on the board," Kolb said. "It's Mike and my duty to do our best to make the decision as hard as possible."

A lot has been made about Vick showing up late for yesterday's game and him watching the action from the locker room, but I don't put much stock into that.

The main question the Eagles need to answer is this: Does it really matter who starts? The Eagles lead the NFC in points scored with 153, and the difference between the quarterbacks' stats isn't much different.

Kolb: 71-for-105 (67.6) for 804 yards, five TDs, two INTs, sacked nine times, 98.3 passer rating; 7 carries, 39 yards.

Vick: 59-for-96 (61.5) for 799 yards, six TDs, zero INTs, sacked 11 times, 108.8 passer rating; 26 carries, 187 yards, two TDs.

So yeah, not much of a difference, except for the fact Vick can run. But that also led to his injury, so is it really an advantage? Maybe they should just pick one, roll with him the entire season, and look to get draft picks in a trade for the other. 

The bigger issue for the Eagles is the status of DeSean Jackson, who suffered a severe concussion as a result of this vicious hit by Falcons DB Dunta Robinson. (One could argue Kolb's soft pass left Jackson as an easy target.) The third-year receiver is an extremely dynamic playmaker, who scored on two of his three touches yesterday (a 34-yard reception and a 31-yard run on an end-around).

Andy Reid needs to get Jackson healthy first and then make a decision on a QB and stick to it — something he's had plenty of trouble with this season. One thing's for sure, he doesn't want "Kolb" or "Vick" to become the newest four-letter words used by Eagles fans.


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