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August 14, 2010, 02:03 PM
Nice showing by the young man in his debut as the starter.
Lots of pressure on Kolb to fill the shoes of McNabb, but seems unfazed by all the hype.
He showed good hustle, and threw the ball with authority.
It is a pre-season game, which is vanilla at best, but the Eagles first team O
moved the ball well downfield against the Jags first team D. They will meet again in week 3 so again, it is what it is....but Kolb has shown lots of promise thus far.
He has good anticipation, nice release, is accurate, and can move out of the pocket and gain positive yards with his legs. The surrounding cast of D-Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Celek, and Shady McCoy should also help the transition for Kolb.
No doubt he will have his growing pains, like every other QB making his debut as the teams starter, but for now, the positives outweigh the negatives.
With exception of the game 2 years ago vs. the Ravens when he was thrown to the wolves at halftime...it is evident Kolb has made strides to become a better QB.
The schedule looks tough, and there are more than a few games that could turn into shootouts...well see if Kolb can answer the bell.
He will be tested for sure week 1 against a very good Green Bay Packers team.
August 14, 2010  08:14 PM ET

I didn't get to see the game but from your report sound like the Kolb led Eagles did alright. Your right he does have big shoes to fill hope he does good for Philly, good luck this season hope the best for the Eagles and their fans.

August 14, 2010  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I didn't get to see the game but from your report sound like the Kolb led Eagles did alright. Your right he does have big shoes to fill hope he does good for Philly, good luck this season hope the best for the Eagles and their fans.

Thanks GSH1,
There is noticeable difference in delivery from McNabb to Kolb.
McNabb has a strong arm, and can throw deep easily...but the ball seems to jump out of Kolbs hand, and is more effective at hitting receivers in stride.

It will be interesting to see how Martz employs his system, and how Cutler executes it.
Maybe shotgun and 5 wide?

August 15, 2010  09:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thanks GSH1,There is noticeable difference in delivery from McNabb to Kolb.McNabb has a strong arm, and can throw deep easily...but the ball seems to jump out of Kolbs hand, and is more effective at hitting receivers in stride.It will be interesting to see how Martz employs his system, and how Cutler executes it.Maybe shotgun and 5 wide?

The key to the Bears this season will be the O-line, if they can give the time needed to execute Martzs offense things could look good however I'm skeptical about the line. Knox and Aromashodu look great and could surprise some if the line can protect. The d-line looks improved however the secondary is a little suspect, the rookie major Wright looked good in the pre-season opener but it is pre-season so I won't be convinced until it counts.

August 15, 2010  10:21 PM ET

All the same, its great that football is finally back.
So many new faces in different places, the cream rises throughout camp and these pre-season games.
Sometimes ya get lucky and a 6th or 7th rd. draft pick turns some heads and surprises us all.
Is it me....or is there a rash of guys getting injured and put on IR....more than usual at this point?

August 15, 2010  10:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

All the same, its great that football is finally back.So many new faces in different places, the cream rises throughout camp and these pre-season games.Sometimes ya get lucky and a 6th or 7th rd. draft pick turns some heads and surprises us all.Is it me....or is there a rash of guys getting injured and put on IR....more than usual at this point?

No it's not you, I've noticed the rise in injuries as well this season, don't know if it's the physicality of the camps and pre-season games or today's teams/players way of getting out of camps and pre-season or just plain lack of training/conditioning or a combination of both.

I agree I was so ready for football to kick off this season, I try not to read to much into the pre-season other than to watch and gauge the rookies and those fighting for roster spots. Teams do not want to let on how good or bad they may be this early into the season + don't want the vets hurt going into the season.

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August 16, 2010  12:49 AM ET

Eagles look like an exciting team. They're young, and at some point the team's inexperience will show. But Kolb et al is the future, and the future looks bright.

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August 16, 2010  12:43 PM ET

We'll see what Eli does tonight in NY but looks like Kolb get the best performance for the week for the NFC East.

August 16, 2010  02:24 PM ET
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I saw the game with two philly fans...they look forward to the challenge of a new QB...I hope he does well, but if he does not...is there a short chain ?

I don't think the chain will be too short. The front office (not just Andy) put their reputations on the line when the traded McNabb and went with Kolb. That means they're going to want to give Kolb every chance to prove he was the right choice. Personally, I think Kolb had a nice showing. There were a couple mistakes early on, and you can tell he was trying to push things early to get that first TD, but he learned from those early mistakes and settled in to a solid game. As for the lack of TDs, there would have been one had Celek not dropped that pass. That's not something that Celek does a whole lot, and I'd rather see him do it in a preseason game than during the regular season. The stat that I can't get over is that with the starters in, the Eagles outproduced them 165 yards to 10 yards. Nice.

August 16, 2010  06:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Eagles starting O line did a good job in that game, too, and I'm sure Andy Reid was happy to see that. I think Kolb will be around for a long time. The guy is accurate - forced a pass over the middle that could have been picked and a bad pass to Maclin in the end zone that also was close to picked - but other than those he looked really solid. I also agree he has a nice (and quick) release, and the balls looks good when delivered. A while back some talking head questioned his arm strength, but I don't know where that comes from. Seems to have a pretty strong arm, not McNabb strong but strong enough to get the job done. Some said that about Montana, too, and you saw what he did with the West Coast offense. This guy was a total stud in college, and I don't see any reason why he won't be successful in the NFL, although he's still young obviously. Not sure how tall he is, but he didn't look like a real big guy - decent size - not a small guy, either. Mobility looked fine, too. But how much can you know from a few games last year and 10-15 passes in a preseason game? Maybe not a lot, but so far so good I'd say.I know this thread is about Kolb, but I haveta say DeSean Jackson looked great. Every time I saw him touch the ball (which was only a few times in limited action) he was racking up the yards. Other than a couple of red zone drive stalls (fg's), that was an excellent start for the Eagles' starters. Defense was either sick good, or Jags were sick bad - not sure which. Maybe both. Probably the best performance by starters this brief preseason that I've seen out of any team. Good luck to you guys, and may everyone come out of the preseason healthy.

Montana was sweet, if Kolb can be as good as Montana on a bad day...that would be awesome.lol.
Kolb is listed at 6'3 218lbs.
What people will see a big difference in between Kolb and McNabb, is Kolb's anticipation, and accuracy. When a QB can hit guys like Jackson or Maclin in stride...with their respective speed they can pile up the YAC.
I wish 5 the best in D.C.

August 16, 2010  06:50 PM ET
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How's it been Phillyfan?I thought Kolb did really well last year when he had to start. His decision making will get better in time, I thought he made some iffy passes in those games, but he was really productive as far as what he was asked to do. I don't know if I would say it was a good thing to do by getting rid of Mcnabb, but in the end, Kolb is their guy and the sooner you break him in, the sooner he will develope. It doesn't hurt at all to have a reciever such as Jackson either....The Niners play the Eagles on a Sunday night game this year, best of luck in the other 15 games...

It's been very well thank you.
Kolb no doubt will make his share of mistakes...I'm not sold 100% yet. Maybe 95%.
With the group around him, the so called window should be open for awhile barring an unforeseen injury. He is a breath of fresh air though...and the players certainly have taken a shine to him, and are ready to be led by him. To me that says a lot.

I like what the 49ers are doing there personnel wise. That roster is coming along nicely, bit of a surprise with the Coffee deal though. Lots of playmakers on that team....nice draft too.
Davis, Iupati, Mays, Bowman....whew. And I'm now reading they just signed Westbrook. Damn!
Mark your calender....Oct. 10th, it's on!
Good luck to your 49ers! Go Westbrook!

August 16, 2010  06:51 PM ET
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Eagles look like an exciting team. They're young, and at some point the team's inexperience will show. But Kolb et al is the future, and the future looks bright.

Amen to that.
So bright I gotta wear shades.....

August 16, 2010  06:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I saw the game with two philly fans...they look forward to the challenge of a new QB...I hope he does well, but if he does not...is there a short chain ?

I think SteveRW1975 pretty much summed up my same sentiment.
Lets hope it does not come to that.

 
August 16, 2010  06:55 PM ET
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We'll see what Eli does tonight in NY but looks like Kolb get the best performance for the week for the NFC East.

Maybe cause the coaching staff has had Kolb watching film on Tony Romo everyday....really I'm not kidding.

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