In reality, today marks the unofficial beginning of the Kevin Kolb Era. Everything up until now has just been child's play for him and the Eagles organization.
This is the day the Eagles become his team. Additionally, it is the moment in time that redefines a franchise as it passes the torch was passed from franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to Kolb. Yes the transition to Kolb might have started with the loss to Dallas or have happened on April 4 when McNabb was traded to Washington or during the team's OTAs.
Despite all of those events, it is not any of them. Training camp when everyone is on the field at once and the real preparation and pressure begins. In addition, camp is where players arrive as individuals, but away as a team.
Over the next couple of weeks, the personality of the 2010 Eagles roster will take on the man at the helm. So this is Kolb's time to put a stamp on his 53-man squad and he is definitely looking forward his opportunity.
"It is exciting," Kolb said. "It is something I have been looking forward to for a long time and look forward to the opportunity."
Camp is set to kick off tomorrow from Leigh University in Bethlehem with selected veterans and rookies reporting to their first practice at 8:45 a.m. Of course, starting quarterback Kolb will be one of those players on hand. He knows and understands the importance of these hot summer practice and what to expect.
"They are very important. This is as important as it gets for us," he said. "Like I said we are a young team and need to build a little bit of a rapport. But I think there is a lot there to build off of. Plenty of talent and all it takes now is hard work. And we are definitely going to do that part of it.
"I expect a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun. I think those two are going to go hand and hand. I think we know it is going to be a tough camp but we got a lot to get ready for. We got a young team, but we’re expecting a lot of hard work but going to have a lot of fun."
Furthermore, Kolb does not envision the pressures of being a starting quarterback in Philadelphia or replacing McNabb being a problem. And the young gunslinger’s demeanor also shows it is not weighing on his shoulders.
"I just do my thing. I have been thrown in some situations my whole career and I have always leaned back on playing football," said Kolb who looked very relaxed. "That is what I am going to do here. I do not want to get too caught up in trying to filling Donovan’s (McNabb) shoes and being the Eagles quarterback. I just want to play the game that I know how and distribute the ball to the athletes that are around me."
Some experts have insinuated that backup Michael Vick has been upset that Kolb has been anointed the starter after the McNabb trade. In fact, Vick made noise this summer about being a start in the NFL again. But Kolb insists the two competitors will work together and their play will determine their fates.
"We texted back and forth a little, but nothing in-depth. I am sure we will sit down here over the next couple of days. Just look forward to working with him and getting back on the field and let the football talk."
All in all, Kolb feels that he is both mentally and physically prepared for the upcoming season, but more importantly he cannot wait to prove the ability of his team.
“Absolutely, I think it is a mental and physical thing. I have worked very hard this offseason and the last couple of weeks included. Again I look forward to getting on the field and proving it and watching what this team can do.”