Monday, March 29, 2010
Scouting Kevin Kolb
By Dan Graziano
We've focused so much on all the Donovan McNabb trade rumors that it's easy to forget about the man who would replace him in Philadelphia. Kevin Kolb was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston, but it's impossible to predict what he'll be in the NFL. Judging by recent actions, the Eagles organization must think Kolb's ready to become the full-time starter.
In one of my favorite ESPN.com weekly reports, the good folks at Scouts Inc. take a look at major offseason storylines. And as luck would have it, former NFL scout Matt Williamson focused on Kolb today. This is an ESPN.com Insider feature, but I've received permission to share a paragraph or two to whet your offseason appetite.
"When analyzing a backup quarterback such as Kolb, who doesn't have a lot of meaningful film yet at this level, we must understand that the Eagles know way more about him than any of us," writes Williamson. "They see him every day at practice and in the quarterback meeting room. They know how popular he is with his teammates, how intelligent he is and whether he is a good person. Much like Charlie Whitehurst or Matt Schaub when he went to the Texans, sometimes the true value of such a player is not entirely evident on film."
Williamson goes on to write about Kolb's accuracy and other intangibles, but his point about the young quarterback's teammates is well taken. I've written several times that I believe several young players on offense would actually prefer for the Kolb era to go ahead and begin. Of course, those guys are smart enough to not actively campaign for Kolb in public. But they watch him in the offseason and in the preseason and see how accurate he is in the West Coast offense and how commanding he is in the huddle.
I've read where players such as Leonard Weaver have voiced their support for McNabb, but I truly believe there is growing sentiment in the locker room for Kolb. And as you've seen, that sentiment also extends to the front office.