Philadelphia Eagles 2010: Are Expectations for Kevin Kolb Too High?

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles will start the 2010 season in a new decade with a whole new look. If you browse the roster, you’re not going to see a ton of long-time Eagles like there used to be in the past. This team has a new look and feel, and that’s getting a lot of people excited.

Kevin Kolb has been catapulted to the front of this new Eagles team and is creating a ton of buzz.

I constantly hear people saying to others that Kolb is going to be a stud. They think he’s a better fit in the West Coast offense than Donovan McNabb, and that there will be no gap in success despite the quarterback change.

I’m not one to deny that I feel any different, but at times I have to stop myself.

Personally, I cannot wait to see Kevin Kolb in this offense and I think he will be great. However, I also realize that Kolb will have his growing pains. He may very well hear some boo birds throughout the season, and he’s going to have to accept that. No matter how much success he has in 2010, he’s not going to be perfect.

With the way people are setting the bar for Kolb (including myself), it will be interesting to see the reaction to Kolb’s first interception, a bad read, or a “Donovan” ball into the receivers feet.

As Philadelphia sports fans, we demand a lot out of our teams. In the sport of football, the quarterback is the one who gets all the glory but at the same time receives a lot of the blame.

Are Eagles fans setting their expectations too high for a quarterback who’s started a total of two games in his professional career? Who knows, but I think it’s safe to say that fans should be ready to take the ups AND the downs.

I expect a lot out of Kevin Kolb this season; however, I expect a whole lot more out of him in the future.