After the end of the season, the majority of the talk about the Eagles has surrounded Donovan McNabb and whether or not he’ll be back in Philadelphia next year. There are plenty of people that think he should go and plenty of people that think he should stay. Most of those who want him gone are ready to begin the “Kevin Kolb era.” We won’t know for a while whether or not it is Kolb’s time, but in the meantime let’s look at some of the downfalls that could be presented.
This isn’t the guys fault but is definitely a potential concern. He knows the system well as he’s been here long enough. However, he hasn’t had many opportunities to run the offense against anyone other than the scout team. We saw some flashes of hope in his two starts this year but it’s hard to make judgments from that. He lost to a really good team and beat a really bad team. There’s more to it than that, but that’s what it comes down to.
Every quarterback has to go through what Kolb is going to go through at some point. If he does get the starting nod this year, it’s almost going to be like his rookie year. The guy can’t prove himself until he’s given a sufficient opportunity to do so.
If you thought McNabb was getting slaughtered the last couple games, think about what would have happened to Kevin Kolb. A huge upside to McNabb’s game is the ability to make plays with his feet. Sure, we’ve seen it less and less over the years but the ability is still there. Kevin Kolb is a pure pocket passer. He can move around, but he’s not going to make a 14 second scramble then throw a bomb down field.
There are plenty of great quarterbacks who have not been very mobile, but in order to have success in this situation you need to have a solid line. I think the Eagles have potential to have a solid line but it will clearly need to be pieced together this offseason. They struggled with injuries and other issues very early last year and that hurt them in the end. The status of the line may have something to do with the decision on starting Kolb.
If Kevin Kolb is the opening day starter next season, he may have more pressure on him than any other quarterback in the league. Those who are ready for a change at quarterback aren’t ready for a change in the quality of regular season play the Eagles have enjoyed over the last decade. The fans will expect a seamless transition and will get on Kolb early for any mistake that he makes.
I’m sure he knows this but having it happen is a totally different story. He will need to have thick skin and not let negativity affect him. It’s a given that he will make mistakes. The way that he can learn from and correct those mistakes will prove whether or not he’s ready for the big time.
Are you ready for the Kevin Kolb era?