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Michael Vick's future now tied to Andy Reid's in Philly

vick.jpgReady or not, NFL fans are going to see Michael Vick as something other than a starting quarterback by default again.

In a curious yet mesmerizing press conference late Tuesday afternoon, Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid explained why he was benching Kevin Kolb, the guy he'd designated only Monday as the starter this week against Jacksonville, for Vick, the guy who capably filled in for Kolb on Sunday in a win over Detroit. Reid discussed his reasons for benching Kolb, who, as SI's Peter King pointed out on Sirius radio, got $12 million guaranteed for 15 non-concussed plays before losing his job.


Reid, clearly, is ready to move on. So is Vick. So are the players. This, for better or worse, is Vick's team now.

"One of the great things about America is, you're given a second chance if you handle it the proper way," Reid said. "And I've mentioned this before, I think he's handled this the proper way. I think his teammates would all stand up for him, just as they would Kevin Kolb, but they would stand up for Michael for what he's tried to do in changing his life around, and I know I sit here and do the same."

More headlines:

Rich Hofman: Reid's on the hot seat.

Ashley Fox: Kolb badly used

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By Cindy Boren  | September 22, 2010; 7:27 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Vick, NFL  
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Vick's future tied to Andy Reid's future? I think not...isn't that what journalists said about him and McNabb? On that line...I guess he should be with the Skins then. (No thank you)

Posted by: svxcountry1 | September 22, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Michael Vick over Kevin Kolb is a no brainer. If you were to start a pick up game of football in the park, who would you pick? Give me that guy who is a proven talen.

I'm a skins fan, I'd like to see Kolb on the field when we play them, though.

Posted by: justdafacts | September 22, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet Vick is now as happy as when he was torturing dogs.

Posted by: kenk3 | September 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The NFL is bigger than Vick. He does not deserve to live as a privileged professional athlete. He should have lost that forever. Let him get a 9-5 like most people until he can rot in hell for what he has done to systematically abuse animals. This guy is scum. Playing football is not how you demonstrate rehabilitation from horrific animal abuse; if it is even possible. I love football but gave up the NFL when they let this dirtbag back in. I cannot be "entertained" by such narcissistic lowlifes like Vick.

Posted by: DontABUSEanimals | September 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I would think it was not only Reid's choice. I am sure the owner and NFL is behind it all. This is their "Vick second chance icon" and they need him to set an example. After all too much against the NFL with guys like Vick and Big Ben.

Personally myself--I give ole Vick this year and that is it.

Posted by: mac7 | September 23, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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