The decision seemed so wrong, and so simple to rip. After trading
How can Kolb ever trust Reid again?
How can the public ever trust Reid again?
How can Reid go back to the chastened, belittled Kolb if Vick either gets hurt or reverts back to his old self?
How can you give a guy 15 plays, watch him get slammed to the turf and suffer a concussion, then rob him of his job?
How can Reid not look like Captain Queeg here?
"I know I'm not going to look good in this thing,'' Reid told me in a late-night phone call Tuesday.
Bingo. Reid's one of the few guys in the business -- one of the very few -- who has the guts to make a call like this. He traded his quarterback of 11 years, McNabb, just to give Kolb the chance he was certain he deserved. And he goes to Vick this quick?
I'll let you make the call on the major issues. I'll give you Reid's explanation to me on the major issues:
That last point, to me, is why Reid did this. That's the key. Not from what he said, but from what I divine in knowing Reid. If Kolb goes in there and is pretty good, people are still going to be thinking, He's no Vick. He's no McNabb. In other words, he might have to be an A or A-minus to win over his team and his stadium, and that's no way to enter the formative time of your career.
That, plus one other thing. In six Atlanta seasons, Vick completed 53.8 percent of his passes. In two games this year, he's completing 63.8 percent. That's the tempting part of what Vick's doing right now -- he might be becoming a complete quarterback before our very eyes. He might not. But you have to admit that, watching Vick play the last six quarters, you're wondering if he finally has gotten it, if he finally is correctly walking the fine line between a great athlete playing quarterback and a quarterback who is a great athlete. Only time will tell.
Reid is taking a major risk here, obviously. It's his second one of the year, the McNabb deal being the first. He's an easy target, for sure. But his points are, at least, more worthy of argument than they were at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.