Reid: I read it and I said it
Following practice Reid flatly denied an SI.com report saying he went with Michael
Vick partly because he feared Kolb, as a young quarterback, would be “crucified” for making a mistake.
Media relations director Derek Boyko, sensing a public relations disaster, told reporters after the news conference Friday that he met with Reid and that Big Red did make those comments.
“He read it and he said it,” Boyko said of the piece. “He originally said he didn’t say it. He didn’t hear the context of the question.”
Reid told SI.com’s Peter King after the switch to Vick as the starter that "A young quarterback needs time to mature as he grows in the game.
“I don't think Kolb has lost one thing,” Reid said. “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.”
While Kolb wasn’t available for comment, you can almost guess he wouldn’t have been happy about being portrayed as soft. The SI.com report is at http://tinyurl.com/26qqy7q.
Tune in later to see how some of the Eagles weighed in on this matter.
Also notable at the Friday news conference was Reid saying Nick Cole was the starter at right guard “right now.”
Cole didn’t practice Friday due to a sore knee. It’s the same one that sidelined him for a chunk of training camp. He’s listed as probable.
Veteran Reggie Wells, acquired from the Arizona Cardinals, took the snaps at right guard, not veteran Max Jean-Gilles.
If Wells gets the nod it would be the third straight week the starting lineup at offensive line has changed