Let me start by saying that I’m writing this with no disrespect to Donovan McNabb and I’m not one of the “haters.” However, I truly believe that Kevin Kolb will have better numbers and a more successful season in Philadelphia than Donovan McNabb will have in Washington. Here’s why:
To start, Kevin Kolb is just a more natural passer than Donovan Mcnabb. In an offensive scheme where throwing the ball is the main objective, it is refreshing to have a quarterback who is truly a pass-first kind of guy. McNabb had some pretty solid numbers in his career in Philadelphia through the air but he’s not a natural passer. A lot of his success in his early years came from his ability to create plays with his feet. Throughout his career we saw him try to put too much on balls and do the dreaded “into the feet” pass on easy throws.
Kolb is a natural gunslinger who may not be able to throw the deep ball like McNabb but will put the ball where it needs to be in every other situation. In the West Coast style offense the Eagles run, being able to accurately throw short passes is a must. McNabb was pretty good at this but this is an area where Kolb should excel.
Also, Kolb has way more weapons on offense. If McNabb had the weapons Kolb has now five years ago, maybe this city would have gotten a Lombardi trophy. There’s no denying the playmakers this offense has right now. It’s downright scary. If the offensive line can hold its own in 2010, there will be absolutely no excuse for Kevin Kolb to not put up huge numbers.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin can easily develop into the best one-two wide receiver combination in the league. Jason Avant will continue to be under-rated, but will also continue to be a huge part of the Eagles offensive success. At tight end you have a manbeast in Brent Celek who absolutely erupted last season. Cornelius Ingram should add imense playmaking talent to the tight end position if he can stay healthy as he is extremely athletic. Between LeSean McCoy, Leonard Weaver, and Mike Bell you have a well rounded group of speed, power, and playmaking ability.
Kevin Kolb just needs to serve as the ring leader and get all these guys opportunities to make plays.
On McNabb’s end, you can argue how he took teams deep into the playoffs who didn’t have a lot of big names on offense, but I just don’t see that kind of thing happening in Washington.
Could I be wrong on all of this? Of course. However, I do believe that Kevin Kolb will find more success in 2010 than Donovan McNabb, and those who cursed the Eagles when they made the trade will change their tune.
I feel like people are going to have a lot of opinions on this subject, so let’s hear them.