|by Ryan Messick |
With nothing left to play for – the Eagles are already locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC, expect to see plenty of backups take the field today as Philadelphia takes on Dallas. Among those who won’t play, by all accounts, is Michael Vick. The dynamic quarterback is listed as questionable with a quad contusion. That mean’s the man who started the season at the helm will return for the final game of the season: Kevin Kolb.
“It’s been a strange year obviously for myself personally, but it’s been a great year for the team,” Kolb said. “I’ve had a lot of fun, as well. I think people understand how tough it’s been on me, but they don’t realize how much fun I’m having with this team and with Mike, and our coaching staff.
“We have a great coaching staff here, so we have a good thing going. We have to make sure that we’re right for the playoffs and it starts with us as backups doing the right thing on Sunday.”
So far Kolb has done well in his limited playing time. After losing the starting job by suffering a concussion just 10 passes into the season and seeing Vick play at an MVP-like level, Kolb did get other opportunities. An injury to Vick brought Kolb off the bench in Week 4 against Washington, and he started the next three games as well. Overall this year, Kolb has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,035 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Kolb’s passer rating is 85.3.
Given that he’s played roughly a quarter of the season, his numbers would project out to around 4,000 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. That probably would have exceeded expectations coming into the season, but it’s a moot point now.
“Whatever situation is dealt, God’s got a plan for me,” Kolb said. “And I have a lot of confidence in the future of my career. There’s many more years to go for me and I know that this could be a special one right here. We can go win a Super Bowl, me as a starter or not. So, I want to do whatever I can to make sure that I’m helping out when and where I can, and not a distraction.”
Still, Kolb knows that this game could go a long way towards making him a valuable commodity via trade if the Eagles decide to stick with Vick long-term.
“I think every time you step on the field, every time you handle yourself in the media, any time you’re in a meeting room with your fellow teammates—it’s a showcase,” Kolb said. “Things are always being said, hopefully it’s a body of work, but I plan to go out there and rock and roll as good as ever. So, if that’s what it takes, if that’s what everybody’s saying, then that’s what it’ll be.”