Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Reid: No decision on QB

After benching Donovan McNabb at halftime and watching Kevin Kolb suffer through a rough second half, Eagles coach Andy Reid now must decide who starts in four days, Thursday night against Arizona.

Reid: No decision on QB

Eagles coach Andy Reid said a decision on Thursday´s starting quarterback will be made by tomorrow. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles coach Andy Reid said a decision on Thursday's starting quarterback will be made by tomorrow. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

After benching Donovan McNabb at halftime and watching Kevin Kolb suffer through a rough second half, Eagles coach Andy Reid now must decide who starts in four days, Thursday night against Arizona.

McNabb finished 8-for-18 for 73 yards with two interceptions and a fumble. Kevin Kolb was 10-for-23 for 59 yards with two interceptions.

The Eagles offense has now gone 99 minutes, 29 seconds since their last offensive touchdown, during the third quarter of last week's game against Cincinnati. They have now scored one offensive TD in 140:30.

After the game, Reid said he had not made a decision about the starter for Thursday.

"It is an understatement to say that was a poor offensive performance," Reid said. "It's not all about one guy. We're all going to sit here and point at Donovan. It's not all about Donovan. We saw that as the game went on ... This is not something that I have made any decision on, if Kevin is the starter or Donovan is the starter. We have a short week. I will think about it and we'll go from there."

Reid said he did not personally tell McNabb about the change and that he planned to talk to him after his news conference. He said McNabb was informed by the coaches.

Reid said a decision will be made by tomorrow. "We don't have a lot of time here."

The coach said he did not think McNabb's confidence will be affected by the benching.

"It's just something I thought that needed to be done at the time," Reid said.

"You sit back an inch and maybe you go forward a mile," Reid said. "I haven't made any decision there. I have to step back and look at it from another perspective. It's important that [Donovan] plays the way I know he can play and the guys around him do the same thing."

As for Kolb's performance, Reid said, "He did some good things, he has some things he needs to work on. That's not an easy thing to do."

After the game, Kolb said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I want to get better than today and there is a lot of room to improve … I am really disappointed in myself. I know I am a better quarterback than that … It’s crucial times that count as a quarterback and I did not get it done in crucial times.”

To read Les Bowen's running commentary from today's game, click here.

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