After the Eagles ended the 2009 season in embarrassing fashion, there was a sense that a dramatic change was on the horizon. Sure enough, not too far after the season ended, franchise QB Donovan McNabb was traded within the division to the Washington Redskins. With the snap of a finger, all eyes turned to Kevin Kolb to take lead of this team.
Kevin Kolb steps into a much more favorable situation than McNabb did at the beginning of his career. Kolb seems to have a talented player at every skill position and already appears to have the fans approval. The overall sentiment is that Kolb is going to step in and excel right away.
What I am not hearing much of is what if Kolb struggles?
Are the fans going to allow for Kolb to go through the normal growing pains? Will Kolb crumble under media scrutiny? If the Eagles start out 0-3, will they call for Mike Vick to become the number one QB?
Reports have said that Vick has looked as close to his prime since he was released from prison. I have heard rumbles from fans that if Kolb should struggle in the beginning that Vick should jump right in and run this team. The truth is Vick is not fit to run this offense and is a playmaker rather than a true QB. This is Kolb’s team now, and it will be unless Kolb proves that he is not the man for the job.
The Eagles’ front office put a lot on the line when making this move so you know that Kolb will not be on a short leash. The players and the front office have all the confidence in the world that Kolb is ready. This season, for sure, will be a roller coaster ride. Kolb is going to make unbelievable plays but chances are he will also make silly mistakes. It’s part of becoming an NFL QB. The key is to limit the mistakes and give his team a chance to win every game.
I expect big things out of Kolb this season, and I love his demeanor and preparation towards the game. This is the beginning of a new era for the Eagles and should be an exciting season.
I hope we do not have to worry about this scenario, but what do you think the fan reaction will be if the Eagles’ offense struggles early in the season?