The 2010 season brings a lot of new hope and excitement to the Eagles team, but the same goal still remains; winning a Super Bowl. However, the goals under Kevin Kolb seem to be much different than when McNabb was under center. Entering the 2010 season the fan base seems to be content with an 8-8 or 9-7 season. In comparison every season that McNabb entered, it was always Super Bowl or bust.
Sure it’s Kolb’s first year as a starting quarterback, but he is also entering the 4th season of his career. This is not a situation where the team is coming off a 3-13 season and the team is starting a first-year QB. The Eagles are returning a majority of their starters and coming off an 11-5 record. The wide receivers have another year under their belt and tight end Brent Celek is coming off a breakout season. The offensive line may have all 5 starters for the start of the season. LeSean McCoy now has the offense down and enters the season knowing he is in control of the backfield. If the Eagles upgraded all-around and have what the town thinks is a better QB, than how come we are not talking about just making the playoffs rather than making a trip to the Super Bowl?
This season will be one that is interesting to watch. Donovan McNabb took the blame for many of the Eagles’ losses. When the offensive line played bad it was McNabb’s fault. When the defense fell asleep and didn’t play well, McNabb took the blame. When wide receivers couldn’t get open it was McNabb’s fault. You get the point. Are the fans going to boo Kolb if he is put in similar positions? Something tells me the fans will give Kolb slack if he can’t get the job done right away.
This is the best fan base all-around and we demand winners. There should be no reason to get excited about an 8-8 season. That’s mediocre and in my opinion that’s an underachievement. This Eagles team is extremely talented and we should be demanding a division title and a Super Bowl.
Why are we giving this Eagles team more room for error? Yes, they are young but this team, outside a few changes, has the same players that were here last year. If this team doesn’t play well, the fans should let them know the same way we have for the past 10 years. Expectations should remain high.
This is not a comparison between McNabb and Kolb. This is not to say that one is better than the other. I am simply stating that the fans wanted McNabb out because they feel Kolb can better fit this offense, but yet we have lowered our expectations for the season along the way. Kolb should have the same expectations as McNabb, winning a super bowl or bust.