Philadelphia Eagles Marty Mornhinweg Has Prior Success In QB Transitions

Dan Pennwyn@@WeBleedingGreenCorrespondent IMay 6, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 26:  Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles discusses a play with Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the sidelines of the NFL preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelerson August 26, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Eagles 27 - 13. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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There is a lot of talk throughout the Eagles organization and the NFL about how Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will handle the quarterback transition from six time Pro Bowl Donovan McNabb to the relatively unknown Kevin Kolb.

Since he has become the play caller for the Eagles (that's up for debate) Marty Mornhinweg has had his ups and downs, fans have cried for him to be fired for his play calling and his offense not being aware at times but he has also had great success as the Eagles offensive coach.

Take the 2009 season for instance.

Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offense scored more points than they have ever done in franchise history, scoring a total of 429 points. This also includes the 2004 season.

That's all great stuff but what proof is there that Mornhinweg can take an unknown player like Kevin Kolb and turn him into a great west coast offense quarterback?

Mornhinweg is a West Coast offensive coordinator—always has been dating back to his time with the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

In fact, it was when he was a coordinator for the 49ers in the late 1990s that Mornhinweg was faced with grooming the (then) young Jeff Garcia after Steve Young got hammered by Arizona Cardinals CB Aeneas Williams and suffered his final concussion of his professional career.

In his first NFL start against the Tennessee Titans, Garcia notched his first win in that game with a final score of 24-22. He did get benched for multiple poor performances but was reinstated as the Niners starting QB in the final five games of the regular season notching eight TDs against only two INTs.

Sounds a lot like the Philadelphia Eagles 2006 season doesn't it!

In case there are some out there that don't know, Jeff Garcia appeared in the Pro Bowl four times—during the 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2007 seasons but he was never a part of a Super Bowl winning team.

Is it fair to believe that Marty Mornhinweg can't turn Kevin Kolb into a Super Bowl winning QB based solely off of his prior record? Or is it simply Jeff Garcia didn't have the ammo to ever win the big game?

Garcia had his weapons in 2000 to say the least.

He had players like RB Charlie Garner who ran for 1,142 yards and seven TDs, two WRs who were both passing threats in young and emerging Terrell Owens (1,451 yards, 13 TDs) and the aging but still productive Jerry Rice (805 yards, seven TDs).

Garcia also had TE Greg Clark (342 yards, two TDs) which by today's standards aren't great numbers, but back then they were decent enough numbers to consider him a threat.

Marty Mornhinweg definitely has his experience in grooming a young QB into a great QB but he hopes to have a much different end result with Kolb than he did with Garcia—win a Super Bowl.