For three years QB Kevin Kolb has been a backup to the Eagles' franchise leader Donovan McNabb, playing sparingly when McNabb would go out for injury, or the only time he got benched in his entire football career.
Kolb has been patient, allowing other former Pro Bowl QBs like Jeff Garcia and Michael Vick (who is still currently on the Eagles roster) to come in and mentor him. Now the speculation can be put to a rest, as we will get to see what Kolb has learned in the last three years.
In exchange for QB Donovan McNabb, the Eagles all-time passing leader in attempts (4,746) and yards (32,873), the Eagles will get the the Redskins second pick (37th overall) in the 2010 draft and either a third or fourth round pick in the 2011 draft.
The 2010 season is going to be a test of Kolb's own confidence in himself. He has shown multiple times, as a backup, that he can be a down-right fantastic QB in this league.
During a press conference late Sunday night, Andy Reid had this to say:
"You see somebody number one who has been taught by good coaches and also had the opportunity to play under Donovan which I think is a big thing and learn how to do it the right way,"
"He's followed that direction, put a lot of effort into preparing himself for this opportunity. We see leadership and athletic ability. He does a nice job reading defenses and so on. He has a pretty good feel for the position".
Reid further speculated:
"I think that Kevin now needs to go prove that and be Kevin Kolb and not Donovan McNabb. He needs to make his own mark and be his own man there and go do his thing. He has not done that. That's something that will be a great challenge for him coming up this year."
With a good training camp in Lehigh this summer, Kolb will finally be given a legitimate chance of getting his mechanics and timing with the starters down. He knows this system like the back of his hand: now its time to execute!
The Eagles front office has faith in his ability to lead this team to many victories in the upcoming years. He has shown that not only is he able to find the open receiver, he is able to hit him for nice passes. He has also shown many times he can throw the long ball accurately.
There is far many more upsides to Kolb then there are downsides. The only downside I see is his interception percentage. McNabb is currently ranked third in NFL history in interception percentage, and if Kolb continues to throw them, it could be a short lived starting life for the former Texas Tech star.
When the Donovan McNabb trade rumors began, I said I was ready to see what Kolb can do if he became the starter. Now it looks as if I, along with thousands of other Eagle fans across the world, will get the chance to see if Kolb has what it takes as he gets his opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles.
Does this trade set the Eagles up to potentially take a quarterback in the upcoming draft?
The 2010 draft is thin at talent at the QB position, so who would the Eagles take, and when would they take him, if they did decide to go that direction?
Pending any further trades that would send QB Michael Vick to another team, I would imagine he is Kolb's backup, so it appears they would be looking for a third string QB. Or do they bring someone in to compete with Vick for the backup position?
There are some potential options in this years' draft in the second to third round, including Florida's Tim Tebow, who is projected to be gone in the late first early second. West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown could be available to the Eagles in the second to third round.
Then there is Fordham QB John Skelton, who is projected to be around up until the fourth round.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Eagles had a private workout with Skelton, so if they do draft a QB, don't be surprised to hear his name called when the Eagles are on the clock.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Donovan McNabb for years of dedicated service while also enduring years of verbal abuse and hatred from the Eagles fan base. Although he took the Eagles to five NFC championships and made six Pro Bowl appearances, he never was able to bring home the trophy Eagles fans desire.
One last thing: I do think under new head coach Mike Shanahan, and the newly acquired McNabb, the Redskins are now playoff contenders in the upcoming season.
Be sure to stay tuned Philly faithful. The Eagles have just added to the list of needs, and with this many draft picks (11), it would not shock me if the Eagles tried to make one more move before the three day draft event!