Vick lucky Reid's his coach

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Dallas...

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on January 9, 2010. (JAMIE SQUIRE/Getty Images)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

For a quarterback who was almost out of the league before a ball was snapped this season, Michael Vick finds himself in a pretty good position.

But what of the Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Andy Reid?

Both Reid, and by virtue of his decision to go with Vick over Kevin Kolb, and his team are hanging out on a limb as Vick and company prepare for battle Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It’s been a whirlwind in Philadelphia this week with Reid doing the old switcheroo at the quarterback position like a street hustler rotating cups and asking you to find which one holds the ball.

Wasn’t it just a few years back (2007) that Reid did the old switcheroo trade with Dallas prior to the draft where he grabbed Kolb? Wasn’t he the whiz kid in waiting, sort of like Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay when Brett Favre was running the show?

And wasn’t it Reid who shocked the NFL world this summer when he traded veteran Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington?

Although Reid took a lot of hits for his dumping of McNabb at least it appeared to be part of a plan, moving out the old, bringing in the new. It was a move that has been done countless times, the only stunning caveat being that he did the deal with a division rival.

In the end, Kolb was his man.

Vick, it should be noted, came perilously close to being shown the door when there was a shooting at his 30th birthday party, a shooting as it turned out that had he had nothing to do with.

Still, his career for a number of weeks hung in the balance.

At no time since Vick was signed by the Eagles after spending two years in jail due to a dog-fighting scandal — and we’re not going to march down that road again — was he ever considered to be any kind of threat to the No. 1 quarterback.

Last year they had McNabb, with Vick shuffled to No. 3 on the depth chart.

Even with McNabb gone, Vick was clearly the No. 2 and going nowhere through training camp and the pre-season.

But after Kolb suffered a concussion in the opener and was replaced by Vick and following his solid performance in a victory over the Lions last week, Reid has thrown a healthy Kolb to the side and has committed to Vick not only for this week’s game, but for the remainder of the season and perhaps, beyond.

Why the rush?

Why the disenchantment with Kolb?

Why the heady praise and elevation of Vick?

In the city of Brotherly Love the columnists at the various papers are having a field day attempting to read the tea leaves and decipher Reid’s rationale.

But maybe the reasons aren’t so deep, maybe it’s just about coming to the conclusion that on his team at this time, Vick is simply the better option.

There are two big factors in play here — the Eagles porous offensive line and the fact that the hated Dallas Cowboys are 0-2 and starting at a very likely 0-3 start to their season.

In two games, even with the fleet feet of Vick, the Eagles have surrendered 11 sacks, the most of any team in the league.

Leaving Kolb behind that line would be a disaster and Vick is most dangerous when he’s pushed out of the pocket and is on the run.

And with the Cowboys floundering, Reid can smell a playoff post.

Following this weekend, the Eagles face a brutal schedule.

Reid simply believes that Vick gives them the best chance.


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