After a rib injury against the Washington Redskins sidelined Michael Vick for three games in the middle of the season, fourth-year quarterback Kevin Kolb received the start against the 0-5 San Francisco 49ers.
Kolb played well, tossing a touchdown without any turnovers. The Eagles won 27-24.
The next week, the 3-2 Eagles hosted the 4-1 Atlanta Falcons.
A win against one of the NFL’s best teams would possibly earn Kolb the start the next week against the Tennessee Titans.
Kolb responded to the challenge, turning in arguably the best passing day by an Eagles’ quarterback in 2010.
He completed 23 of 29 passes for 326 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
One of the touchdowns was an 83-yard scoring strike to Jeremy Maclin.
Kolb led the Eagles to a 21-0 lead, and an eventual 31-17 victory, despite star wide receiver DeSean Jackson missing the final three quarters due to a concussion.
Kolb earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, the second time in his five-start NFL career that he has earned the award.
After the game, head coach Andy Reid announced that Kevin will be the quarterback for next week.
It’s never been clear whether Vick could have started or if Kolb had temporarily won the starting job, but I believe Kolb temporarily won the starting job.
I think he was on a short leash, and one bad game would lose him the job (as it did the next week), but there’s never been any doubt in my mind that Andy Reid quietly made a temporary quarterbacking change.
If Kolb played well against Tennessee and the Eagles won, I think the quarterback controversy would have been full blown.
But Kolb played poorly, throwing two interceptions, including one on the game’s final play, and Vick was given the starting job after the bye week.
I always wonder how the Eagles season would have been different if Kolb had thrown four touchdowns against the Titans and the Eagles won.
I don’t think Kolb would have started for the rest of the year but it’s impossible to know, especially with the way Andy Reid wanted to win now, and not in the future.