Despite Kevin Kolb’s performance on Sunday against the 49ers, there are those out there who are concerned about his connection with DeSean Jackson. On Sunday, Kolb targeted Jackson just three times for two completions that went for 24 yards.
The reason for concern here is that in the two games that Michael Vick started, Jackson combined for nine receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Vick is a big play type quarterback and Jackson is a big play type receiver so it’s been a very successful combination through it’s limited time. However, people are wrong if they think that Jackson will never has success with Kolb at the helm.
Let’s take a minute to flash back to last season. It’s Week Two and Kolb is making his first career start against the Saints. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Kolb connects with Jackson for a 71 yard touchdown to tie the game. Jackson finished with 101 yards on the game.
Now let’s look to Kolb’s second start in 2009 against the Chiefs. With a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, Kolb hits Jackson for a 64 yard touchdown. Jackson finished with 149 yards receiving on the day.
Kolb came in last year and immediately had chemistry, so why hasn’t he this year? There are numerous reasons. Jackson gets more attention now then ever and teams will look to take him out of the game as much as they can. Also, Jackson tends to find holes in defenses when the quarterback scrambles. Guys like Vick and Donovan McNabb tend to scramble out of the pocket, and when they do, Jackson likes to sit in these spots down the field where he finds himself wide open.
However, the biggest thing to me is time, and this has a double meaning. Our line is awful and everyone knows it. It’s hard to draw up deep plays when you know your quarterback only has limited time in the pocket. Jackson may be fast, but there’s no guarantee that the line can hold long enough for him to get down the field.
The second meaning of time has to do with rhythm. You always hear about quarterbacks and how they need to develop timing with their receivers. With the way the season has gone for Kolb, I just don’t believe his timing has been all there. We’ve seen him make some great timing throws, but he needs to get the live reps to be able to take his game to the next level.
So believe what you may, but Jackson and Kolb will be fine together.