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I posted a link to Kolb’s first concussion in the health history slide.
As a visual aid, click here and watch the highlight so you can follow along as you read this slide.
I'm going to break it down so we can understand why he was injured in the first place.
If you pause the video as Kolb sets to throw, you’ll notice a very wide-open Brent Celek streaking across the middle of the field. All Kolb needed to do is take two steps to his left to avoid the rush from Matthews and Cullen Jenkins—which he did—and make the throw to Celek—which he did not.
He kept his eyes down the field as he scrambled to his left, which shows he was trying to make a big play. But finding the safety valve five yards down the field is better than what ultimately resulted in the end of his career in Philadelphia.
Kolb failed to look toward Celek until linebacker Nick Barnett had arrived in coverage at the tight end’s back side. What to do, then?
Throw it away.
That did not happen, either. Instead, Kolb made the fateful mistake of attempting to pick up yards and make something out of what he originally turned into nothing.
Matthews reached Kolb; Kolb went down; Kolb’s career as the Eagles’ starting quarterback ended (he filled in for Michael Vick following Vick’s own injury later in the season, but his time had passed).