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When the Eagles added Michael Vick after his release from prison, I would highly doubt that Kevin Kolb would expect to be the starter in the 2010 campaign. But since that fateful day when Donovan McNabb was traded to division rival Washington Redskins, Kolb seems to be making all the right choices, both on and off the field, to make sure the management and fans of the Eagles do not regret what happened on April 4th, 2010.
It’s a bit difficult to say how he will perform on the field because of the little time we’ve seen him in game situations. He put up solid numbers last year, but that was against the Chiefs defense, which has more holes than Swiss cheese, and a Saints defense that was playing prevent. But so far this off-season he has been taking steps, albeit small ones, to become a successful player.
At OTA’s Kolb has been working hard to correct his mistakes and lead by example. He wants the people around him to stay calm and cool when things go wrong, but also know that he’ll be upset when people (including himself) make bad plays. This is quite alright in my books, as long as he can keep his composer while doing so.
Kolb has been talking to guys like Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. If he can handle the “hostile takeover” like Rodgers did in Green Bay or perform on the field anything like Drew Brees does, we may just be in for a good season. He also talks to former Eagles Great Ron “Jaws” Jaworski. Obviously this doesn’t necessarily translate into instant success on the field, but it shows us that Kolb wants to be the franchise quarterback in Philly and he wants to bring us a Superbowl. A lot of his ability to do this will depend on the offensive line, and that situation is a bit scary right now.
Kolb has been keeping relatively quiet in the media, and has been saying all the right things so far. As Scott pointed out in an earlier article last month, he knows he’s just renting time in the NFL and he wants to make his time count.
Oh, and he also says he hates Dallas, and that he Bleeds Green. It’s nice to see a little passion in an NFL player these days, as it seems more and more that players are playing for themselves and/or big contracts, rather than the love of the game and the city they’re in.