You don't win championships with defense anymore.
The NFL is built for offenses. Without a good quarterback, you can't succeed.
There are rare moments when guys like Eli Manning pin passes against teammate's helmets and magically win a Super Bowl.
For the most part, you need a great quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Since that is the long-term goal of the franchise and fan base, the progression of Kevin Kolb is the only thing that matters this season.
The Eagles could finish the year 1-15, but if Kolb plays well in the final four weeks and ends the season with a win against the Cowboys, you have to look at the season as a success.
Okay, maybe that's a little bleak and extreme. If the Eagles go 0-15 before finally winning it is likely that Kolb will be on the bench, but you get the point.
So what defines Kolb making progress?
He needs to make smart decisions with the football.
That doesn't just mean cutting down on interceptions. It also means reading coverages and throwing the ball to the correct receiver.
If he heaves up a bomb to DeSean Jackson in triple coverage and it scores a touchdown, it does not mean Kolb is making good decisions. It means he got lucky (see Eli example above).
He needs to find receivers in one-on-one matchups, wait for tight ends to work their way into the soft spot of zones, have touch on his passes when he throws a screen, and hit receivers in stride to allow them to run after the catch.
They're all little things and maybe it won't lead to a great record.
If he can begin to accomplish most of those things and he shows continuous progression throughout the season we have to walk away feeling like it was a successful season.