Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reid worried Kolb would be "crucified"

So it's your fault, and mine.

Reid worried Kolb would be "crucified"

Andy Reid has different words for different audiences, which isn't a big deal or a big shock. But he tends to explain things differently to national reporters (who almost 100 percent of the time end up taking his side) than he does to the great unwashed here in Philadelphia.

And so it is with Kevin Kolb.

You know what he told us: that this was all about Michael Vick and his unexpectedly great play -- that's why Kolb is now on the bench and Vick is the Eagles' starting quarterback. He said all of that stuff to Peter King at Sports Illustrated, too. King initially criticized the switcheroo on Twitter and then ended up lauding Reid's courage in making the decision. But the interesting part was near the end, when Reid talked about Kolb's "psyche," in King's summation.

Reid is quoted as saying, "A young quarterback needs time to mature as he grows in the game. I don't think Kolb has lost one thing. He's a franchise quarterback. He will win games, and championships, for the Eagles. But I think it's a different deal when you go out there and can't make a mistake or you're going to get crucified, which is the way this thing might have gone if he went back in there now.''

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So it's your fault.

Or mine.

Just thought you should know.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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