Will Kevin Kolb Be Brought Up Slowly in the Philadelphia Eagles Offense?

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during their game on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
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You can’t help but spend a lot of time thinking how Kevin Kolb will perform in the Eagles' offense this year.

He’s definitely a different quarterback than Donovan McNabb, but has what it takes to find success. Coming into the season as a starter for the first time, I’ll be interested to see if he is kept on a short leash at the start of the season.

If you saw Jimmy Clausen’s freshmen year at Notre Dame, Charlie Weis limited him with his throws. The Clausen that played last year was a completely different quarterback than the one who played as a freshman. He was allowed to throw the ball down field all he wanted last year, but he was forced to throw a ton of swing passes and short slants as a freshman.

There is a huge difference between Clausen coming to Notre Dame as a freshmen and Kolb starting the season in his fourth year in the NFL. However, Kolb is still very unproven, much like Clausen was when he went to South Bend.

Many people have discussed the fact that Kolb doesn’t have the same arm strength as Donovan McNabb, who found a lot of success throwing the deep ball. However, I believe what Kolb lacks in the deep game, he will make up with his accuracy.

I’m not sure if Kolb can accurately throw deep passes that carry 50 yards in the air; however, we have seen him throw some deep slants right on the dot that have sprung for huge plays.

The Eagles are going to need to learn where Kolb excels in their offense and make that their priority in the passing game. When they find this ability, I think that Kolb can be an excellent quarterback.

What do you think will be Kolb’s "bread and butter" in the Eagles offense?