It’s been an up and down year for Kevin Kolb, who just a month ago was still viewed as the future of the Eagles franchise. After losing his job to Michael Vick while out with a concussion, Kolb gets a second chance with Vick sidelined with a rib injury.
The 26-year-old admits things haven’t gone the way he hoped, but Kolb doesn’t want to let it affect his approach to tonight’s game. “I mean, it has been a different year than I played out in my head, but here we are in week five and I’m starting, so we need to just go and be 3-and-2,” Kolb said. “I think if you let all of the other distractions come into play, you know, then you’re doing too much and I want to focus on going and doing the best I can playing quarterback and the offense putting points on the board.”
Despite playing a winless San Francisco squad, Kolb and the offense face some challenges due to injuries and inconsistent offensive line play. Running back LeSean McCoy will be available with a fractured rib, so it remains to be seen how effective the Birds’ top offensive threat through the first four weeks will be. Fourth wide receiver Riley Cooper won’t play due to a concussion, giving 5’8” rookie Chad Hall his first NFL action.
Kolb says his confidence levels are high none the less. “Yeah, it’s super high. And our team’s is super high. We know that we need to go in there and get this one,” Kolb said. “We had an unbelievable week of work. Our intensity level’s been through the roof, and I feel like we have a great game plan, so those three things need to combine into a victory.”
Kolb is 27-of-45 for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception so far this season. While the signal caller has been criticized for checking down too often and not pushing the ball downfield, he says he’s not worried about proving his detractors wrong. Kolb plans to follow the game plan and believes Philadelphia’s ability to avoid mistakes and take what is given will determine the outcome.
“We just have to go play our game and execute. I think that everybody can see that, even the people that are watching from the outside, that if we just take care of our own business then we’ll be fine,” Kolb said. “That’s our number one focus, to worry about us and to put the ball in the end zone and get a lot of points.”
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