It's Time For The Kevin Kolb Experiment To End

Lou DiPietroAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Somewhere, A.J. Feeley is either laughing, crying, or possibly both.

At least in this Eagles fan’s opinion, I hope he’s smiling next week over a new contract.

After two-plus years, several chances and numerous’s time to pull the plug on the Kevin Kolb era.

Sunday’s performance against the Panthers pretty much confirmed what many suspected last year—Kolb is just not the right fit for the Eagles’ offense.

Yes, he’s young and lacks significant game experience, but that excuse flies for only so long.

He just doesn’t have the right skill set to be the Eagles quarterback.

Kolb was 7 of 11 for 23 yards in about a quarter and a half of action, but it’s not even about the numbers per se. The Eagles were up 28 when he came in and ran the ball most of the time anyway. Instead, it’s really about his decision making, and how the tempo of the game slows way down when he’s in.

I said it’s not about the numbers, but look at the totals. He had seven completions for 23 total yards, or just over three yards per play. Even if you discount the botched play that led to a three-yard Leonard Weaver loss, that’s still only six for 26.

I don’t care if you have Barry Sanders in his prime running behind you, there’s no way you do anything positive with less than five yards per completion average.

That point, however, just sets up the second point about the tempo. Before McNabb went out, two of the Eagles’ three actual drives were very good. A two-minute drill and an athletic interception prevented scores on two of them, not anything the offense did wrong.

Then, once McNabb got hurt, it was caretaker time.  

In five full drives under Kolb, the Eagles advanced the ball more than 20 yards exactly once. That was at the end of the third quarter...on a drive that ended when Kolb was sacked and fumbled the ball.

Even that drive was all the running game, as Kolb was 3-for-3 for 9 yards total. They got 26 yards, and that was the best showing.

It’s not as if there was a ton of pressure on Kolb. The defense had the game of its life, and even though mid third-quarter is a bit early to play caretaker, he pretty much had carte blanche to do whatever he needed to do.

And he did nothing—seven completions, two fumbles, and two more balls that should have been picked off.

Not exactly a line that inspires confidence. And it’s a trend.

In 2008, Kolb was a wreck any time he wasn’t playing caretaker. He threw four picks in 34 pass attempts, and in the one game where Donovan McNabb was so bad that Andy Reid benched him, Kolb responded by going 10 of 23 for 73 yards and two picks.

Granted, it was Baltimore, but that’s his best career line.

Again, even if you have Barry Sanders running the ball and the 1985 Bears defense on the other side, that’s not going to win anything.

And it shouldn’t be enough to keep his job.

With Donovan McNabb suffering broken ribs on Sunday and Michael Vick not eligible until Week 3, the Eagles need confidence in their backup option next week. I certainly don’t have it in Kevin Kolb, and if anyone outside of Andy Reid still thinks he’s the “QB of the future,” they’re nuts.

Vick, despite two years off, is much more athletic and talented. McNabb is only 32 and still has a few good years left in him. By then, Kolb will be 30 (or close to it) and untested.

The Eagles don’t need a caretaker or even a QB of the future just yet. They need a guy who can step in and win games.

A guy like A.J. Feeley.

Remember, Feeley was only in his second year when he came off the bench in 2002 to lead the Eagles to a 4-1 down the stretch and a playoff berth.

And yes, he is also the guy who threw seven picks in a pair of tough losses to New England and Seattle in 2007, but he also kept the Birds in both of those games until the end.

Simply put, he’s a professional who knows the offense and can get the job done.

Kevin Kolb isn’t.

Hey, sometimes picks are busts. Reggie Brown was a second round pick and has been average at best.

Maybe they can catch on somewhere else together.

Either way, it’s time for the Kolb Express to leave 30th Street Station.