Don’t be upset. There’s plenty of other things he can do. Putting that aside, let’s take a look at two scenarios:
Player A: Incomplete pass. Laughter.
Player B: Incomplete pass. Expletive.
Know the two players I’ve described? If you don’t, Player A doesn’t play for the Eagles anymore, but Player B does. Get it?
This year at Lehigh, there is a much different feeling coming from the quarterback position. It’s strictly business. This isn’t to say that Kevin Kolb doesn’t enjoy playing football, but he has a completely different mentality than the quarterback he replaced.
In the Kolb era, we won’t see any laughter at the line of scrimmage, we won’t see him making phone calls on opposing teams’ phones, and definitely won’t see him playing any air guitar (or any other musical instrument for that matter). That’s something I can live with.
I’ve seen many people cringe after McNabb threw a bad ball, smiled, and gave himself the “my bad” tap. McNabb was a great player, but this was just the type of demeanor he had on the field. He played loose and many times I heard commentators say that the reason he wasn’t playing well was because he wasn’t his “loose” self.
From what we’ve seen of Kolb, he conducts himself in a much different manner. He knows what he needs to do and goes out and does it. No games. He’ll put on a show by throwing pin-point passes all day, not by singing and dancing.
Coming into his first year as the Eagles starting quarterback, Kolb already has complete respect from his teammates. He’s the leader of the offense, and no one is going to lash out against him. It seems that everyone is feeding off the new attitude Kolb is bringing to the offense, and that’s a good thing.
DISCLAIMER: This isn’t an “I hate Donovan McNabb” post or a bashing on his behalf or saying that Kolb is better than him. I’m strictly comparing their on-field mentalities and leadership qualities. Don’t waste your time leaving me a comment saying how much I hate McNabb; I don’t.