Could Kevin Kolb Be the Right Guy for the Cleveland Browns?

David LurieContributor ISeptember 23, 2010

Kevin Kolb throws a pass as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Kolb throws a pass as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia EaglesMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

This offseason was a busy one for the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom Heckert, the team's GM, left for Cleveland to fill the same role but to have more power.

Soon after the team decided to trade longtime franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to the division rival Washington Redskins. The Eagles were comfortable trading McNabb because they felt Kevin Kolb was the future of the team. 

The season starts, and Kolb goes down with a concussion. In comes the most famous backup in the league in Michael Vick, and he performs well—really well.

Vick performed so well that the team decided they'd rather take their chances with Vick this season instead of the young Kolb.

Tuesday night the Browns found out.

The Browns, who are in dire need of a franchise QB, made a call to Philadelphia about Kolb's availability. There's no word if talks are ongoing, but when Eagles head coach Andy Reid was asked if Kolb would be on the team past the trade deadline, he would not predict.

Should the Browns make an offer for Kolb?

It's clear that not having a reliable option at the quarterback position is hurting the Browns. In the first two games of the season the Browns lost to Tampa Bay 17-14 and lost again to Kansas City 16-14. The Browns came close in both games but were not able to win the games, mostly due to costly interceptions by starting quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.

Wallace threw only one interception in his start, but it was returned for a touchdown.

But is Kolb the answer?

Kolb was drafted 36th overall out of Houston in the '07 draft. In three years as a starter at Houston Kolb never had lower than a 128.8 QB rating. In his senior season he completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and four interceptions. 

Heading into his fourth year, his experience in the pros has been limited. His career numbers won't exactly shout elite quarterback with 60 percent of his passes completed for 909 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. 

Despite the lack of big-time production Kolb has looked good in limited experience, and everyone in the Eagles organization had faith in him moving forward. It appears as if Michael Vick is at his elite form again, so the team is sticking with him.

Maybe the Browns could catch a break with Kolb.