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Andy Reid says he's okay with being bad guy in Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb switch

If there's a bad guy in the Philadelphia Eagles' change in starting quarterbacks, it's Andy Reid, not Michael Vick.

Take it from Andy Reid.

"If I'm the bad guy, then I'm okay with that," Reid said (via Geoff Mosher) of his decision to elevate Vick and sideline Kevin Kolb in a press conference that just ended.

Reid said he spoke only with Kolb about the change and Kolb's future "I want Kevin Kolb on this football team." (Shortly thereafter, of course, Pro Football Talk cited a radio report indicating that the Cleveland Browns had called to inquire about Kolb's availability.)

"This is all about Michael Vick and the way he has played the game," Reid said. "... That's the important part here."

Reid reiterated that Vick would start the rest of the season. "I didn't appoint him for one week," Reid said today. "That's not what I did."

Donovan McNabb was asked about the drama and told reporters (via Jason Reid): "Well, that's Philadelphia. Things like that happen.I've been a part of that for 11 years. Obviously, as you said, it just doesn't stop."

By Cindy Boren  | September 22, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Vick, NFL  
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Posted by: rfe18 | September 22, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

For a minute, I thought it was JReid...

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has probably left a job that had a lot of drama and characters, where it seems it was happening all around them all the time, and wondered if they made the right choice and if that was enough to make them change jobs.

Then you hear a few months later about something that happened to someone else and you realize it would have been you, and it would have been more of the same and you smile really big and sometimes even laugh out loud at how lucky you were to get out when you did. Especially if you landed in a better place.

Mr Mcnabb please stand up! By all accounts you are a great guy and lucky to be out of there. Now to beat Vick and the Eagles at their own game when we meet them.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | September 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

In Philly, there were (and are) two theories of why the Eagles couldn't win the big one. First was McNabb wasn't good enough, Second was the Reid didn't know what he was doing.

I suspect Jeff Lurie is simply reducing the variables to figure out what's going on. Reid very well may be fighting for his coaching job in Philly.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 22, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Good for Michael. It shows how hard he worked at his craft and changing his life. He must be careful and humble because the same people that are singing his praises now are the same people who two years ago thought he was one of the worst people God ever breathed life into. I believe he was treated unfairly for his crimes. He received more time for killing a dog than Donte' Stallworth did for killing a man. I guess you can call his starting again justice!!! Hopefully, he'll get his endorsements back and win the Super Bowl. Man, that would be some movie!!!

Posted by: heygriff | September 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Michael hasn't changed anything. Remember in the off-season he almost got banned from the league because he was hanging out at a party where an old buddy of his from dog-fighting-days got shot.

The Commissioner isn't stupid (even if some fans are) and he knows that Michael hasn't changed much. He's just under a lot of scrutiny these days.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 22, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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