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Today's crazy Michael Vick theory

Soooo. We've got this situation in Philadelphia where Kevin Kolb -- the guy the Eagles so believed was their future that they traded future Hall of Famer Donovan McNabb to a division rival -- gets a concussion in the first game, is replaced by Michael Vick, and Vick goes on to light it up against Green Bay and Detroit.

After which head coach Andy Reid announces, on Monday, that Kolb (the future, remember) will start this week anyway.

After which, on Tuesday, he announces, no, the Future will not start after all, but will be replaced by Vick.

So what's going on?

Here's my theory: I don't think the Eagles shipped McNabb off and paid Kolb a $12 million bonus so they could bench him after five passes in favor of Vick. On the other hand, the clamor to play Vick has been deafening.

So what I think is going on is, they're going to start Vick to shut everybody up, then wait to see what happens against Jacksonville (or, after that, Washington). If he turns out to be inconsistent -- and his history suggests he will -- they can then bench him and send in the guy they've wanted in there all along. And they'll have gotten the play-Vick crowd off their backs in the bargain.

On the further other hand, maybe they really will trade Kolb. In which case, forget I said anything.

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