Eagles name Vick starter

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Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday pronounced Michael Vick the team's starting quarterback.

Subbing for the injured Kevin Kolb last Sunday in a 35-32 win at Detroit, Vick made the most of his first pro start since 2006. He completed 21-of-34 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards on seven carries.

"I'm here to announce that Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. I think his performance has exceeded expectations the past several weeks," said Eagles head coach Andy Reid at an evening press conference. "This is not about the health or the performance of Kevin Kolb...this is more about Michael Vick and his accelerated play."

Kolb suffered what was later diagnosed as a concussion in the third quarter of the Eagles' season-opening 27-20 loss against Green Bay.

Vick took over and led the Eagles to 17 second-half points, finishing 16-of-24 for 175 yards and a TD pass, with 103 rushing yards on 11 opportunities.

"This is my decision...we take as much time as possible to make it. It's my obligation to make the proper decision," Reid added.

Philadelphia heads to Jacksonville next Sunday. The Eagles have yet to defeat the Jaguars in three tries since the Jags entered the NFL in 1995.

"Well, he's a team player...he's not going to tell me he doesn't want to be the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles," Reid offered when asked what Kolb's reaction was to the news.


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