Monday, January 10, 2011
Reid on starting QB: 'We'll see'
ESPN.com news services
PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles head into an offseason filled with uncertainty, mainly because of the NFL labor contract. Michael Vick is set to become a free agent, and there are no guarantees he'll be back.
"We'll see," coach Andy Reid said Monday when asked who will be the team's starting quarterback next season.
Vick led the Eagles (10-7) to an NFC East title, but a 21-16 loss to Green Bay in a wild-card game on Sunday spoiled his remarkable comeback story.
The Eagles still have Kevin Kolb, who began this season as the starter. An injury to Kolb in Week 1 paved the way for Vick, and he played better than anyone expected. Vick had the best season of his career, set personal highs in nearly every passing category and was selected to start the Pro Bowl.
"We're going to have to wait and see, but I really do hope I am [back]," Vick said. "I enjoyed this season. I enjoyed the group of guys that I played with. I enjoyed the progress and the success that we all made as a young team. I think the sky's the limit."
Kolb wants to be a starter whether it's here or with another team. He sat for three seasons behind McNabb before finally getting his chance only to see it last one half of one game. Kolb has played well in most of his seven career starts. He's a luxury to have as a backup because Vick's running style and troubles on the offensive line make him prone to injuries.
But Kolb isn't satisfied with just carrying a clipboard.
"I want to be starting somewhere," Kolb said.
Kolb's contract situation makes him even more attractive to other teams, though Philadelphia's asking price will be high. The Eagles gave Kolb a one-year extension and an $11 million bonus after they traded McNabb to Washington. But Kolb is scheduled to make just $1.4 million next year.
Reid would like both quarterbacks back, and he doesn't mind that Kolb wants to start.
"I'm fired up to hear him say that," Reid said. "You want any player, especially a quarterback, to want to be a great player. That's important at that position. I would love to have him back. Same with Michael. I want him back. They are tremendous players."
If Vick does return, he might have a new offensive coordinator. Current play-caller Marty Mornhinweg is a candidate for the Browns' coaching job.
"Marty, he's been everything to me," Vick said. "Each and every day, we work hard. He's very stern. He stays on top of me and makes sure I'm doing everything that I need to do to progress as a quarterback. I know in this league guys get opportunities and he's one of the ones who will have an opportunity at a head coaching position I think, and very deserving."
Reid said Monday he has not yet received paperwork from Cleveland to interview Mornhinweg for their coaching job.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.