Holcomb Could Get Shot Against Former Team

In Minnesota, backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb could get the call against the team with which he spent the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles. With a 2-4 record in Philly as well, the owner gave the coach a vote of confidence. Get notes and quotes from both camps.

With Tarvaris Jackson nursing a fractured index finger on his throwing hand, it's likely that Kelly Holcomb will get his third start of the season on Sunday against Philadelphia.

That would be the same Eagles team that traded Holcomb to Minnesota on Aug. 27.

"I don't know if it's payback," Holcomb said of the possibility of facing Philadelphia. "Things in this league happen. Coach (Andy) Reid, I certainly appreciated him giving me the opportunity to come in there.

"He was honest and upfront with what was going to happen. It came to fruition. I don't have any hard feelings with that. Obviously you'd like to go out and play against some of the guys you got to know, but we've got a long week ahead of us and we'll see what happens."

Jackson hasn't been declared out for Sunday's game, but given the fact he is coming of a dismal performance at Dallas (six of 19 for 72 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 44.2 quarterback rating) and is now injured it makes sense the Vikings would sit him for at least one game.

The young quarterback's confidence is likely fragile enough at this point that the Vikings don't want to give the Metrodome crowd the opportunity to turn on him.

Holcomb previously started in the Vikings' losses at Kansas City (13-10) and versus Green Bay (23-16) this season after Jackson suffered a groin strain.

"I felt like the Green Bay game I was starting to get settled in a little more, understand a little bit more, understand your teammates," he said. "The first time I had any real action with the guys was in the Kansas City game.

"You learn people, you learn how people run different routes. It's just a familiarity thing. When you come in as late as I did and then have the opportunity to go out and play ... I did feel comfortable in the Green Bay game. If it happens this week, I'll be ready."

Reid Gets Vote of Confidence


Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is disappointed over his team's 2-4 start. But it has not shaken his confidence in his head coach, Andy Reid.

"He's one of the best coaches in the league," Lurie said Tuesday. "If you interviewed the 31 other owners in the league, and Andy was out there on the market, they would be lining up (to hire him)."

Reid has been the Eagles' head coach since 1999, when he replaced Ray Rhodes. He is the winningest coach in franchise history and has guided his team to five NFC East titles in the last six years. The Eagles have been to four NFC Championship Games during Reid's tenure, and one Super Bowl.

The only thing missing from his impressive resume is a Super Bowl title. Lurie said he is disappointed by that, but doesn't view it as a firing offense.

Reid's contract with the Eagles runs through 2010.

"We have an excellent coach with an excellent coaching staff," Lurie said. "When you know what you have, and what you have is very, very good, you support the people through ups and downs.

"Last year was a great example. Very few coaches and staffs could rally their team after losing their quarterback (Donovan McNabb tore his ACL in mid-November) and being 5-6. But we came within a whisker of the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in six years.

"That sort of says it all to me."

NOTES

  • QB Donovan McNabb seems to be slowly getting some of his mobility back. He had a nine-yard run for a first down Sunday against Chicago. It was only his fourth rushing first down of the season.

  • RB Brian Westbrook got just six carries in the second half Sunday after rushing for 59 yards on 12 carries in the first half against the Bears.

  • RB Correll Buckhalter is being used sparingly even though he is completely healthy. He only had three carries against the Bears.

  • WR Reggie Brown had three catches for 44 yards against the Bears, but had a costly goal-line drop in the first half that would've been a touchdown.

  • WR Kevin Curtis has caught at least four passes in four of the Eagles' first six games. He's averaging a career-high 17 yards per catch and has four touchdowns.

  • WR Hank Baskett is starting to get more playing time, but despite the Eagles' red-zone problems, they still haven't used the 6-foot-4 former high-jumper as an end zone option on fade routes.

  • DE Darren Howard has contributed next to nothing this season. This likely will be his last season with the team.

  • FS Brian Dawkins, who has missed the last four games with a neck stinger, is hopeful that he might be able to play this week against Minnesota.


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