DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 19 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
This is breaking news... Andy Reid has announced that Michael Vick is the Eagles starting quarterback. The Eagles will be holding a full press conference in about a half hour, so it appears that this isn't due to an injury to Kevin Kolb.
It looks like Michael Vick is the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for the rest of the year.
More details to come.
[Update by JasonB, 09/21/10 6:24 PM EDT ] Andy Reid will be holding a conference call at 6:30. I'll update this story as he speaks.
Has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb or his injury, his future is "not slighted one bit." Still says he can be a franchise quarterback.
Says it's all about Vick's "accelerated play." Calls Vick "the hottest quarterback in the NFL." Says Vick deserves to play, Kolb will be allowed to continue his maturation process.
Says it's his responsibility to continue evaluating and Vick's accelerated play prompted the decision to make a change.
Was asked whether one half of play was enough to evaluate Kolb. Andy says it wasn't about judging Kolb, he'll still be a Superbowl level QB. However, when you have a guy playing at the level that Vick is you have to let him play.
Reid says that this will help Kevin Kolb's maturation process and he will get to continue to learn.
Reid says he didn't expect the accelerated play of Vick when he made the decision to go with Kolb in preseason.
Says he's been meeting with Kolb over the past two days and that he wants to be the starter, but has accepted the decision. He says Kolb is unfortunately stuck behind an "Ex superstar that has now regained his abilities."
Reid says the team has seen the great play from Vick over the past two weeks and that has factored into the decision.