With all the agonizing rumors around the league about Philadelphia Eagles starting QB Donovan McNabb being traded before the start of the 2010 season, I ask myself...is Kevin Kolb ready to be the "man" here in Philly?
"I want to be a starter in this league but I understand the complexity of the situation."
The Philadelphia Eagles have a great situation at the QB position, holding the rights to three starting caliber quarterbacks on their roster in Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, and Michael Vick. Should the Eagles decide to trade either McNabb or Kolb I would have to go with McNabb for multiple reasons.
First, the Eagles actually placed a higher trade value on Kolb than they did McNabb. The asking price so far for McNabb is at least a high second-round pick in the 2010 draft as well as a player, whereas it is believed the Eagles placed a first round tender on Kolb.
Are we to believe the Eagles see a better player in Kolb than McNabb or is it simply due to the fact that Kolb has shown tremendous promise in his first two career starts and is much much younger—in terms of football—than McNabb?
I'm not sure but I do know as of right now, Kevin Kolb is no Donovan McNabb. Not yet anyways.
However, Kolb is the only QB in NFL history to compile 300+ yards in his first two career starts. In his first career start against the Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints, Kolb completed 31 of 51 passes for 391 yards, a passer rating of 73.2 as he threw for two touchdowns. Here's the bad news: he also threw three interceptions in that game as well.
His second start of his career against the Kansas City Chiefs ended a lot better. In 34 attempts Kolb completed 24 passes for 327 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. An impressive improvement from the week prior but let's be honest here...the Chiefs are not the Saints—not even close—but it was still an improvement. He ended that game with a passer rating of 120.6 in the win against K.C.
To date, Kolb has shown talent at his position but he also throws prematurely at times and stares his options down which often results in an INT being thrown. We saw it in 2008 when the Eagles played the Steelers after McNabb went out momentarily for injury. On Kolb's very first pass in that game he threw an interception. Then again against the Baltimore Ravens after McNabb's first benching of his entire football career; Kolb again stepped in and had real trouble with Baltimore's defense.
We must be realistic here though gang. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are two of the most feared defenses in the league so we can't really hold those games against a guy who got thrown into those games, can we?
In 2009, Kolb again showed a ton of promise in his first two starts as already mentioned, throwing four touchdowns in two games but also threw three INTs. With more playing time with the Eagles starters on offense, I think Kolb is going to be a tremendous QB in this league.
He shows great poise in the pocket, has the arm strength as seen in his first two starts, hitting WR DeSean Jackson for a 60+ yard touchdown in each game to throw the ball downfield, and when he's not staring his receivers down he is—for the most part—a pretty accurate QB.
Time will tell if it is Kolb's turn to take over here in Philly and with the McNabb trade talks sparking wildfires throughout the league ever since Reid's statements on Wednesday at the league's breakfast meeting, I think it is evident the Eagles are shopping McNabb and it's a smart thing to do in my opinion.
At that meeting in Orlando Reid said:
"We'll go back and look through those ... away from this situation here."
"There's nothing right now that I'd jump up and down about. But right now there's interest."
Reid went a little further with the topic and stated:
"This is the truth: Our three quarterbacks are Philadelphia Eagles. People are entertaining us with offers. Nothing's been done, but we're evaluating all of them. That's the truth. There's not a lot really going on other than entertaining."
It does appear that the fans could be right all along. Many of us believed that Reid was just playing with his poker face but as time progresses his poker face is seemingly becoming transparent. Keep the faith Philly faithful...I can almost promise you there will be more to this in the days and weeks ahead!