(Bethlehem, PA)—It was an eerie scene at the opening of Eagles' training camp. The welcome signs of the upcoming season were all around, yet one thing seemed out of place.
For the first time in 11 years the familiar face of Donovan McNabb was missing from the Lehigh University practice field, and the dichotomy of the Eagles' quarterback situation took center stage.
It was only fitting of the road ahead that embattled backup quarterback Michael Vick entered the field for opening warm-ups alone.
Walking with his head down and his fist in the air, he was riddled with comments and boos from the Eagles' faithful. The ovation was a positive upgrade from the protesters of last season but the tense ovation is still prevalent every time Vick took a snap.
Just minuted later anointed quarterback Kevin Kolb entered the field side-by-side with rookie draftee Mike Kafka. Kolb's ovation was a stark contrast to that of Vick, as the former was cheered and applauded even before he took his first snap.
I know that this is only the opening of training camp, and we still have weeks of practice and preseason games before September 12th when the Eagles host the Green Bay Packers, but the storyline of the season is already alive and kicking.
Opening stretches came and went, and then both quarterbacks met with the media. Perched from the familiar spot of the podium, Kolb answered questions with the ease and expectations of a guy anointed as the team's future.
Kolb was asked about the pressure that goes along with being the new starting quarterback.
"I just try to block out a lot of those things and just focus on the game, on practice, on one rep at a time."
As much as the media and Kolb tried to avoid the topic, McNabb became the buzzword around Lehigh.