Each week I take a closer look at the performance of the Eagles quarterback. For quite some time, it has been Michael Vick. However, this week Kevin Kolb got the start for the Eagles. It wasn’t a game that meant a whole lot for the Eagles, but it meant a lot for Kolb and his possible trade value.
This isn’t to say that the Eagles will or should trade Kolb next season. In 2010, it seemed that Kolb was going to be the quarterback of the Eagles future. A short stint against the Packers due to injury left Kolb on the bench and opened a window for Michael Vick. Vick took full advantage of the opportunity that was presented to him, and the rest is history. In the mean while, we’ll take a closer look at Kolb’s performance in the season finale against the Cowboys.
On the day, Kolb was 18-36 for 162 yards while throwing for a touchdown and three interceptions. He ended the day with a quarterback rating of 37. Kolb isn’t the type of guy you expect to complete just 50% of his passes and throw for three interceptions. Although some of it is on him, you can’t put everything against the young quarterback.
With the Eagles playoff stipulations being what they were, the team gave a lot of their first team players a rest. Kolb was given a very makeshift line and saw one player start the game who is a typical starter, Max Jean-Gillies. During the game, Jean-Gillies was injured. He left the game so another typical starter, Mike McGlynn, filled in.
Kolb stood behind the second team line and saw a lot of pressure out of the Cowboys first team defense. He was sacked six times on the night but saw plenty of other situations where he had to get rid of the ball before being sacked.
He showed some of the accuracy that we expected out of him before the season started, but he also made his fair share of mistakes.
Much like the offensive line, the Eagles rested some of their receivers as well. DeSean Jackson was inactive. Jeremy Maclin set up as the number one receiver in the first quarter but saw a limited number of snaps early and was given the majority of the game off.
Riley Cooper and Chad Hall were the featured receivers with Jason Avant working into some three receiver sets.
For the most part, Kolb had these two receivers to throw to and looked for Hall the most often. He was targeted eight times and recorded six receptions.
As mentioned, Kolb saw pressure early and often and had to scramble a lot. He made some throws on the run, but also forced a lot of passes.
Kolb’s worst decision came on a play where he tried to throw a ball into what he thought was single coverage. However, there was a defender underneath who came in and made an interception on a play after the Eagles were in scoring position. The throw is one that shouldn’t have been made and ended up being a drive killer.
This was a game that we all knew Kolb would start and many believed it would be a showcase game for the quarterback for any team that might be interested in trading for him.
This wasn’t a game that would make teams be particularly interested in the young quarterback, but you have to look into the circumstances.
Kolb’s overall performance was by no means a game that would instill confidence, but he was put behind a line that just couldn’t handle the pass rush of the Cowboys.
Overall, Kolb is definitely a quarterback then he showed against the Cowboys. However, he failed to take the game into his hands and make plays when he really needed to. This wasn’t a game that you would make a full evaluation on the Eagles young quarterback, but in the end, I would have been happier to see him perform at a higher level.