Andy Reid has had to make a lot of tough choices in his 14 years as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
He had to draft McNabb, release Trotter, suspend T.O., sign Vick.
The list can go on and on.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Reid’s toughest choice may have come two years ago when he chose Michael Vick over Kevin Kolb.
Kolb was the starter in the post McNabb era and got knocked out of the Packers game by Clay Matthews.
Michael Vick entered that game and the rest is football history.
Reid admitted that was a difficult choice to make.
“I knew Kevin Kolb was a good football player,” Reid said the other day. “But Michael had an opportunity to get in after Kevin got hurt and took off. He had the highest quarterback rating in the NFL. That’s a unique situation.
“It wasn’t anything Kevin didn’t do. It’s just that Michael took off and ran with [the opportunity].”
“Our initial thought when Kevin got hurt and he went in was, ‘If he could help our football team while Kevin was out, great.’ At the time, nobody really knew [Vick] was in a position to do what he did.”
Vick finished that 2010 season with a career high in touchdowns, completion percentage, yards per attempt, interception percentage, and passer rating.
The trade worked out pretty well for Philadelphia.
The Eagles have a quality starting cornerback in Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, and Kolb is another sub par season from being released.
Reid is genuinely happy for Kolb and feels that his situation worked out best for him.
“And then it’s helped him out in Arizona, where he actually came in as a starter and signed a big contract. So he was able to take care of his family. For the rest of his life, he’s set. And he’s still a good football player.”
Kevin Kolb is set for life now.
The good football player part is still yet to be seen.
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