A Changing of the Guard: Kevin Kolb in, Donovan McNabb out in Philly

Scott EisenlohrAnalyst IApril 6, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles scambles away from Eric Smith #33 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the game on September 3, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Sept. 27, 2009; Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia:

Back-up quarterback Kevin Kolb passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns without committing any turnovers in a 34-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

LeSean McCoy ran for 82 yards and a touchdown. DeSean Jackson caught six balls for 149 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Brent Celek established himself as a force on the field with eight catches and 104 yards and a touchdown.

It was a breath of fresh air, a pretense to a change of the guard in Eagles green: no Donavan McNabb, Brian Westbrook or Kevin Curtis.

It's almost like when Randall Cunningham finally took over at quarterback for Ron Jaworski in the 1980s.

Every decade or so, a change of the guard has to take place.

Joe Montana moved on from San Francisco to Kansas City. Brett Favre moved from Green Bay to New York to Minnesota.

It happens.

Before Sunday's trade of Donavan McNabb to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles, in my mind, had three options: Keep McNabb and let him play out the last year of his contract, sign him to a two-year deal with an option year, or trade him.

Trading him was the most logical thing to do.

They had three quarterbacks in camp, all with NFL starting experience: Donavan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

The most puzzling part of the trade was shipping him to Washington, a division rival.But from the Eagles' point of view, Washington made the best offer for McNabb. They got the 37th pick and a third- or fourth-round draft choice next year.

The shuffling is not done, however. Draft day will be interesting this year for Eagles' fans.

Gone are McNabb, Westbrook, Curtis, Reggie Brown, Sheldon Brown and Chris Gogcong.

I could see a breath of fresh air that September day last year, when all the young guys clicked for a win.

Later in the season, Jackson and Celek continued to thrive, receiving the ball from McNabb.

Once Westbrook was jettisoned, McNabb was the only member left of the old offensive regime left.

The Eagles might not be better this year. But they certainly will be younger.

It is time. Kevin Kolb's time.

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