They say patience is a virtue and that good things come to those who wait. The only question is, how good is good?
After spending the last three years as understudy to recently traded Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb is about to take over the reins of the Philadelphia offense.
“I was obviously excited when [Head coach] Andy [Reid] called me and said, “congratulations, you’re the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles,’” Kolb said Monday. “ It’s been a dream of mine for a long time. As you all know, it’s been a patient waiting game and I’m glad the opportunity is here.”
Since being drafted by the birds in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Kolb’s playing time under center has been limited to say the least; In 2008 he mostly played garbage time, completing 17 of 34 attempts for 144 yards, no touchdowns but four interceptions, including one returned for a score.
In 2008, while filling in for an injured McNabb, Kolb got the nod in back to back starts against New Orleans and Kansas City. In a 48-22 loss to the Saints, the third year QB threw for 391 yards on 31 completions, including a 71 yard scoring strike to DeSean Jackson.
Then in 34-14 win over the Chiefs the following week, Kolb aired it out for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Kolb thus became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two career starts.
As a result of his efforts against Kansas City, Kolb was named the NFC Offensive Player of the week.
So the kid has shown signs of being good, but in the National Football League, good is not always good enough.
When asked if he had the skill set to flourish in the Eagle’s offense Kolb responded, “I think this offense is built on rhythm and the quarterback’s ability to make decisions at the line. Nobody is ever going to outwork me. When I try to prepare, I feel like I can have all those things ready by the time it comes game time.”
No one will ever question the numbers that Donovan McNabb put up during his 11 year stint in Philadelphia, after-all he has re-written just about every quarterback record in team history, However the one number he was never able to rewrite, was the number of Vince Lombardi Trophies; Zero.
Question is can Kolb be the quarterback to finally help lead this franchise to its first ever Super Bowl Title? “That’s our number one goal,” said Kolb, “that’s been our goal since I’ve been here and the goal since Andy’s been here. That’s not going to change because we’re going younger or because people think we’re in a rebuilding year.”
Obviously Kolb’s elevation to the starting quarterback role as been met with mixed reactions here in the City of Brotherly Love, but what are Kolb’s teammates saying about the move?
QB Michael Vick
“As a competitor, you’re going to push the guy in front of you. I think that’s only going to help him. Kevin’s a great quarterback and he knows how to play the game, he understands the game. The thing for him to do right now is to go out and stay poised and keep that competitive edge and continue to learn. Good things will happen for him.”
TE Brent Celek
“We believe whoever our quarterback is that we can win the Super Bowl. Kevin is the quarterback and we are going to support him 100 percent. We definitely have faith in Kevin.”
G/T Todd Herremans
“I like Kevin. I think having him come in as the quarterback will be a little refreshing. It will be something new. I’m just happy for Kevin that he got his opportunity now. With this trade, it shows that the front office has as much confidence in him as the players do. The whole locker room is behind him.”
WR DeSean Jackson
“My word for him is ‘potential.’ It’s really hard to [predict what he can do], but as far as what I know he’s capable of doing, he’s capable of doing some great things We’re just looking forward to a whole year under his belt. I’m going to do everything I can do to help him be the great quarterback that I think he can be.”