Eagles Droppings 6/3: Eagles RBRanked Too Low?, Kolb To Break Out and Kolb In McNabb's Shadow
Kolb Break Out Year
With Donovan McNabb out of the picture and in a Redskins uniform, quarterback Kevin Kolb gets the keys to the high octane and pass-heavy offense. According to NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, Kolb makes his list of top 20 players poised for a breakout season in 2010. In fact, Kolb ranked 13th on his list of potential breakout players and only one of two quarterbacks to make the cut [Dolphins QB Chad Henne is the other at No. 10].
Kirwan believes that the Eagles sent a strong message to the rest of the league and even their fan bases by trading their franchise quarterback McNabb to their division rival. He also thinks this confidence is a reason that Kolb could be on his way to having a very impressive season.
"It says a lot when a team trades a franchise quarterback to a division rival and hands the offense to someone who wasn't a first-round pick and has just two career starts," Kirwan wrote. "Coach Andy Reid likes to throw the ball, so look for Kolb to be up around 500 pass attempts. Both of his starts resulted in 300-yard passing games. While he won't keep up that pace, the numbers could add up with that many attempts."
For Eagles fans, they hope Kolb can come in and lead the Eagles to success right away. Especially since they traded away a potential future Hall of Famer in McNabb to a hated rival.
Furthermore, the Eagles franchise has not won a title in 50 years and if Kolb cannot adequately replace McNabb sooner rather than later, the fan base might become more restless than they are now.
Kolb In McNabb Shadow:
One of the biggest obstacles for new starting QB Kevin Kolb is not just having success on the field, but replacing one of the best quarterbacks in Eagles franchise history in Donovan McNabb.
On NFL.com, senior columnist Vic Carucci analyzes Kolb taking over for McNabb, his development as a quarterback and that only time will tell if Kolb gets out of the large shadow that McNabb has created.