From USA Today:
In an unexpected move, the Philadelphia Eagles named Michael Vick their starting quarterback on Tuesday evening.
Coach Andy Reid, one day after insisting that the Eagles would return to Kevin Kolb as starter, said Vick had simply performed too well to move him back to the bench.
“I think very few quarterbacks could go out and play the way he played the last couple weeks,” Reid said of Vick.
“This is about Michael Vick and his accelerated play. He’s sitting there as possibly the hottest quarterback in the National Football League at this time and deserves an opportunity to play.”
Vick replaced Kolb after the latter suffered a concussion in the first half of a Week 1 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Vick led the Eagles to a 35-32 win on Sunday in Detroit, his first start since 2006 before he served a 20-month sentence for a federal dogfighting conviction. He was 21-for-34 for 284 yards with two TD passes. The previous week, he rallied the Eagles from a 20-3 deficit with 175 yards passing and 103 yards rushing in a 27-20 loss to the Packers.
Reid was asked his reaction to Vick’s play on Sunday. He said he thought, “Wow this guy is back, and maybe even a little bit better. And I think that’s a beautiful deal.”
Reid, who had committed to Kolb as the starter after trading Donovan McNabb in April, said Kolb had simply been beaten out by “an ex-superstar who now has regained his abilities.”
“Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now,” Reid said.
The Eagles travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.