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Eagles Vs 49ers: Andy Reid Talks Kevin Kolb

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The Kolb era is back on for at least one week as the Eagles have all but ruled out Michael Vick for this weekend's game against the 49ers. Reid said that he hasn't officially ruled out Vick yet, but that it would "a stretch" for him to be ready to go. So barring a Wolverine like recovery for Vick, Kevin Kolb is your starting quarterback against the 49ers.

Not surprisingly, Kolb was a popular subject in Andy Reid's weekly press conference. First he was asked whether the constant checkdowns were due to what the Redskins were doing defensively.

"I thought he did a nice job with his check downs. They were very productive the way they were playing, their defense. This was something that they haven't done before this year. For what he had there, he did the right things."

Honestly, I'm not sure what scares me more... Whether Kolb was checking down everything because he wasn't seeing the field well, or whether he was doing it because that's what the coaches wanted him to do.

Will Kolb be more likely to go downfield now that he's had the whole week of preparation as the starter?

"Yeah. I think that - this is the important thing - I think he needs to take what's there. If there's an opportunity down the field, then you take the shot. If the defense takes that away, then you're patient.

Is Kolb overly concerned about avoiding mistakes?

"Well, I don't think there are a lot of quarterbacks if you ask if they want to make mistakes that they're going to tell you they do. So, I think that's okay. I don't think that takes away [from his play]. He wants to score touchdowns and that's what he wants to do."

It's interesting that the criticism of being overly concerned about making mistakes is being made about Kevin Kolb. That's something people have always said about McNabb. Andy Reid is obviously the common thread there.