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Should We Believe the Hype?

By Michael J. Cheal

When the Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb in 2007, he was the “future franchise quarterback.” Well, if that was the case, he hasn’t been given the time to prove it. Two years later, is Kevin Kolb worth it?

In the 2007 season he only played in one game, and that was in mop-up duty against Detroit. In 2008 he had more of an opportunity to play, but again, most of his duty was mop-up. He stepped in when McNabb was injured playing against Pittsburgh, and then there was the disaster against Baltimore where he lead one great drive down the field, which ended in the Ed Reed interception for a touchdown.

To be fair to Kolb, Baltimore did have the second ranked defense in the league last season. When a quarterback that has hardly had any playing time plays against a great defense like that, the results are usually a fiasco.

McNabb will probably still be here for at least another two or three years, so that begs the question: Why did the Eagles pay so much money for a quarterback that, to this day, has rarely been used? Did they jump the gun getting Kolb, thinking McNabb’s glory days were over?
After two years, the only conclusive thing I can say about Kevin Kolb is this…my opinion is still inconclusive. If the Eagles are going to keep him, why don’t they give him a chance to prove his worth? Let us see if he was worth the high draft pick and money. If they plan on keeping him just to perform mop-up duty, that’s a high price to pay for a clean-up man; if so, then all the hype about him being the “franchise quarterback” was just that…hype. As they sometimes say, “Don’t believe the hype.”

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