McNabb Texts Kolb With Advice
By Lance Epstein
On most days, new Eagles starting quarterbacks Kevin Kolb's efficiency and sharpness in a morning practice would have been the biggest story coming out of training camp. Especially since only a couple of passes hit the ground while using rookie wide receivers and tight ends.
However, the mention of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb contacting him with advice has overshadowed any on the field. Over the past 48 hours, Kolb admits to receiving a ton of messages and phones calls wishing him the best, but the one that will be heard around the sports universe is from McNabb.
"He told me to take one practice at a time and be patient," said Kolb after his first training camp practice as the starting quarterback. "And I said, 'Yeah, I hear you. It's a long season.' That's what I was saying before. You kind of get caught up in the whole realm of the whole season and whatever expectations. Just take it one practice at a time at this time of year and that will help you get a lot better."
Kolb's comments to McNabb seem eerily similar to yesterday's remarks to the media on the opening of camp and what he expects over the next three weeks. Still, Kolb appreciates McNabb reaching out to him considering the Redskins are not even in training camp.
"Meant a lot because they're not even in camp yet," Kolb said. "He knew that we were coming to camp and he's paying attention. I appreciated him reaching out and offering good luck. Donovan's like that."
On whether Kolb returned the favor of best wishes and good luck to his former mentor, well Kolb wouldn't elaborate on what exactly he said.
"I didn't say anything about that yet," Kolb said, "but I'm going to get to that."
One topic that Kolb did elect to discuss with McNabb was about their basketball skills. In a recent episode of SpikeTV's "Pros vs. Joes," a show where athletes from all sports square off against amateurs in sporting events, McNabb teamed up with problem child/free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens in a game of three-on-three basketball.
"I thought he looked real good," Kolb said on McNabb's skills, "But I told him, 'I'm still better than you.'"
It is good to know and see that Kolb has a ton of confidence in himself and his abilities. However being better in basketball is not what the Eagles are paying him for nor asking of him. If Kolb can be a better quarterback than McNabb then he would have the upper hand as dual athlete and in the eyes of Philly fans.