Vick has Reid’s confidence after Eagles top LionsBy NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer Monday, Sep 20, 2010
“We’ve got more plays for him than we did a year ago, so he’ll be on the field,” Reid said. “It isn’t going to be five or six plays this year.”
Vick looked like his old Pro Bowl self at times Sunday, smoothly flicking the ball down the field and nimbly avoiding pass rushers in Philadelphia’s 35-32 win over the Detroit Lions. He went 21 of 34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in place of Kolb, who missed the game because of a concussion.
Reid said after the game it won’t be hard going back to Kolb, and Vick seemed on board with that.
“It’s not going to be difficult at all,” Vick said.
Still, the Eagles’ quarterback situation may not be set in stone. Although Kolb was picked to take over after Donovan McNabb(notes) was traded, Vick certainly looks like a viable option. He also played well in relief of Kolb in a season-opening loss to Green Bay.
No matter who the quarterback is, Philadelphia (1-1) is a threat to score. On Sunday, the Eagles were led by the LeSean and DeSean show. LeSean McCoy(notes) ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and DeSean Jackson(notes) caught four passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
“It takes you back to high school, counting up your touchdowns,” McCoy said. “I felt like everybody was in the huddle and they had the motor, the determination to get into the end zone.”
The Lions (0-2) have a young player of their own who is beginning to make that kind of impact. Jahvid Best(notes), a first-round draft pick this year, scored three times against the Eagles, including an electrifying 75-yard catch-and-run that gave Detroit a 17-7 lead in the second quarter.
Best caught nine passes for 154 yards, the most yards receiving by a rookie running back in a game since Herschel Walker had 170 in 1986. He’s also the first rookie to score five touchdowns in his first two games since Billy Sims in 1980.
“We felt like we could exploit that—me on a linebacker,” Best said. “We felt pretty good about that. Shaun was throwing me some great balls and I was just making plays. But like I said, at the end of the day, we came up short, so it’s kind of a tough loss.”
Trailing 35-17, Detroit scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes and also recovered an onside kick with 1:48 left, but the Lions turned the ball over on downs.
Detroit missed a big opportunity early in the fourth. Trailing 28-17 and facing third-and-1 from the Philadelphia 29, the Lions put rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh(notes) in the backfield. Best got the ball but was stopped on back-to-back runs, and the Eagles took over on downs.
Coach Jim Schwartz said he considered a long field goal.
“I weighed that against our ability to be able to get a yard, and that’s something we have to do,” he said.
The Lions did enjoy some catharsis early in the game, when a pass to Jackson in the first quarter was ruled incomplete after a review. Jackson didn’t hold onto the football as he landed on the ground with cornerback Jonathan Wade(notes), but the play was initially ruled a catch and the crowd howled in protest.
Late in a Week 1 loss at Chicago, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson(notes) leaped for a catch and had his feet and a knee in the end zone before letting the football go after it hit the turf. It was ruled incomplete because he didn’t maintain possession.
After the throw to Jackson, Schwartz lividly protested the call and fired the challenge flag onto the field before the play was overturned.
“I stepped on the field when I threw it. I guess my stride was a little too long on that,” Schwartz said. “The whole idea is to get it out where they can see.”