Kevin Kolb Has Philadelphia Eagles' Confidence, but Will They Regret It?

Adam HankinsCorrespondent IApril 30, 2010

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 23:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is forced out of bounds by Bart Scott #57 of the Baltimore Ravens on November 23, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Eagles 36-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles gave a huge vote of confidence to Kevin Kolb when they decided to trade Donovan McNabb to their division rivals, the Washington Redskins.

 

Eagles management made a statement that it feels comfortable moving forward with Kolb at the helm.

 

The question is, SHOULD they feel comfortable?

 

In Kolb, regardless of his impressive skill set, the Philadelphia Eagles have an unproven commodity. Kolb had two starts last year, one against New Orleans and one against Kansas City.

 

Against both teams, Kolb threw for more than 300 yards, which is a feat in itself. Against the inept Chiefs, he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. But against New Orleans, he threw two touchdowns AND three interceptions.

 

So, at best, his performance last year was a mixed bag. At worst, an analyst could say that he performed as expected against a poor Kansas City team, while the three interceptions against New Orleans were downright ugly. The yardage was predictable, given both teams' porous pass defenses last year.

 

The lack of game film on Kolb also made it more challenging for defensive coordinators to create effective game plans. With his two games last year, and after he plays a few more in 2010, defenses will be able to better study his tendencies and weaknesses.

 

At the very least, Philadelphia's decision to dump McNabb in favor of Kolb was a big gamble. In McNabb, they had a Pro Bowl-caliber, proven winner. With Kolb, nobody can be certain of the franchise's future.

 

In 2010, it will be determined very quickly if Kolb is the future of the Eagles. But if this huge risk doesn't pay off, Philadelphia will have a setback that may last for years.

 

If they do, Philadelphia Eagles fans will miss the good old days of Donovan McNabb.