In a shocking move, Eagles coach Andy Reid announced today that Michael Vick will start for the Eagles at quarterback indefinitely. Reid committed to Kolb last week as long as he was healthy following a concussion he sustained in Week 1. Kolb has been cleared to play, but Reid thinks Vick gives the Eagles the better chance to win right now. The Eagles gave Kolb a big contract in the off season, which is why the move comes as a surprise.
The Eagles certainly made it seem like Kolb was the quarterback of the future. Kolb didn't play well in the preseason and didn't look good in his 10 pass attempts against the Packers. Vick looked very good in leading the Eagles to 17 points against the Packers and then was excellent against the Lions last week. It was a great matchup against a very bad secondary and he excelled.
My guess is the offensive line is partly a factor. The Eagles offensive line has been bad and Vick is much more mobile and can keep plays going with his legs. Even Vick was sacked six times last week. Reid said Vick is "one of the best quarterbacks" in the league now.
Vick has another good matchup this week against the Jaguars. Vick has a lot of weapons around him and this is good news for DeSean Jackson owners. As we saw last week, Vick is better equipped to find Jackson deep. This isn't good news for Brent Celek owners. Kolb has showed a good rapport with Celek and Vick hasn't.
It is also good news for LeSean McCoy. The opposition has to worry so much about containing Vick because of his speed that it opens things up for McCoy.
From a fantasy perspective, Vick at quarterback is a good move.
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