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By Joseph Malizia

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After leading the Eagles through what was probably its most successful decade, Andy Reid decided to trade away the franchise quarterback, Donovan McNabb, and give the reins to the apprentice, Kevin Kolb. Make no mistake however, this move does not drop the talent level at QB. Kolb is ready.

How do I know? The biggest signal was Reid’s decision to trade McNabb. McNabb and Reid shared a relationship that was more than coach and player. Their connection ran deeper and their relationship more closely resembled that of friends or even brothers. So, in essence, Reid traded away his brother for a few lousy draft picks. The move wasn’t designed to get a stud in the draft. It was designed to open the door for Kolb and get him on the field.

I trust this decision as I would believe in religious dogma. The Eagles front office has been on fire lately in regards to recent personnel decisions on offense (Jackson, Celek, Maclin, McCoy, Weaver). I don’t know if they made a deal with the devil in order to get this successful, but throwing Kolb out there to start the 2010 season will round out this group of young guns and will further demonstrate that the Eagles personnel department knows what they are doing.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: Kolb has been primed. Kolb is no rookie, coming in green a la Matt Leinart in 2006. He wasn’t thrown to the wolves like Matthew Stafford in 2009. Think Joe Flacco was a success as a rookie? How about last year? If so, then you’ve got low standards. Kevin Kolb has had three years to grasp the system. He has had three years to watch and learn from one of the best QBs to ever put on an Eagles jersey. For three years, he was prepared by one of the decade’s most successful coaching staffs. It is now his turn to start, and he will do so with an explosive surrounding cast in an offense that passes the football more than most.

Scouts praise Kolb’s accuracy, which is a must to run the West Coast offense. Believe it or not, Kolb will be more accurate than McNabb; both in completion percentage and when it comes to hitting his receivers in stride, allowing them to gain more yards after the catch. Besides accuracy, Kolb has the quick release and poise that scouts drool over. Factor in that Kolb has never missed a game in college or the pros and your chances of getting a full 15 fantasy stat lines makes Kolb very appealing.

Kolb started two games last year. The first was in a blowout loss to

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. In that game, Kolb hit DeSean Jackson for a 71 yard bomb and finished with 391 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs. In his second start, he picked apart the Kansas City Chiefs for 327 yards and 2 TDs. He also had a 70% completion rate in that game. The man can rack up the stats. Moreover, Kolb is quick on his feet. In both games, he was sacked only once and he scored a TD on the ground against KC.

Kolb will have a couple of poor stat lines as well (what QB doesn’t?). While the Eagles have great talent at the skill positions, they are all young. Gone is the veteran leadership of McNabb and Westbrook and it has yet to be seen how this new collection of young stars will respond to pressure. But overall, in an era where passing rules the sport and on a team that passes 65% of the time, Kolb will easily approach 4,000 yards. I fully expect that as some of the higher ranked QBs fail to meet expectations, Kolb will climb the charts and finish as the 7th-rated fantasy QB. Draft him late, but expect great things.

Joey Litz has been playing fantasy sports since the late 80s - back when it was all referred to as rotisserie and as commissioner, kept track of the leagues with a USA Today and a pencil. It's a passion of his during the NFL season. Thanks to the Fantasy Cafe for providing a forum for enthusiasts like us to get together. You can find Litz posting in the Cafe forums as joejlitz.
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15 Responses to “Kevin Kolb”

  1. User avatar Indibuck says:

    Good stuff Litz!

  2. Normally anything with the word Eagles in it gets a point deduction right off the bad. But I’ll give you 5 stars. Good article. I like his chances to.

  3. jblenio says:

    If I don’t get one of my top guys, Kolb will be a backup plan that’s for sure.

  4. User avatar WhoDat-61 says:

    I was a fan of the Eagles due to QB Donavan McNabb. I was angry when he was thrown to the Skins. I now pull for the Skins because of him & coach Shanahan. It will be difficult for me to pull away from the Eagles after following them for so long; however I do wish Kolb well. This article is well written. I am a Saints fan for life; however I do follow Peyton Manning’s career & Brett Farve’s. That NFC Championship game between Minnesota Vikings & New Orleans Saints drove me crazy. Of course the Superbowl was even more emotional. I guess I’m trying to say……Philadelphia deserves a legit shot @ the Superbowl & I hope coach Reid, GM & owner know what they’re doing,

  5. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Don’t be angry at the Eagles. It’s nice on the rare occasion when players stick with one team for their whole career, but FA ruined all of that. The Eagles had to move him for the better of the rest of the team. Kolb is the future. The Eagles could have shipped McNabb to Oak (there were serious talks) but they sent him to WAS as a favor to McNabb. It was the best they could do in that situation.

  6. User avatar WhoDat-61 says:

    Appreciate ya comment, joejlitz. Anywhere izzzz better than Oakland( hahahahahaha)

  7. jdouble777 says:

    Are you kidding me!? We are suppose to bank on someone who has played one of the most horrid pass defense, and won it with interceptions, along with KC!? He hit one bomb that completely saved his stats. KC had a rookie starting (Flowers) who was a 2nd rounder. He is being hyped to the point you cannot even draft him as a sleeper. Absurd. Please listen to those who know someone who has done what he does and does it well and draft the one who is being undervalued yet has a VERY proven record, McNabb.

  8. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Kolb just went in the 4th of a recent draft, which is ridiculous and certainly questions his sleeper status. But while McNabb is going much much later that doesn’t mean he is undervalued. If memory serves he had only 2 years in his illustrious career where he tossed over 30 TD passes: last year and 2004 when he had TO. I don’t see that improving in WAS with S. Moss and D. Thomas.

  9. asafwiner says:

    I’d take Kolb for two reasons: 1) Andy Reid teams pass more than any other 2) Desean Jackson

  10. User avatar Sixxgunn says:

    You are really trying to make a point about McNabb by saying he only had 30 TDs twice? You know how many QBs did that last year? FOUR. Manning, Brees, Favre and Rodgers. Guess how many the year before. THREE. How many were repeats? ONE. Rivers, Warner and Brees did it, with only Brees going back to back. There were four the year before. One more year back? ONE. Get my point? 30 TDs is a RARE feat, and isn’t attained easily.

  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    McNabb not throwing 30 TDs is just one facet of why I’m not relying on him as my QB1 in fantasy. There are many other reasons and I don’t think he is undervalued. I think he is being drafted at an appropriate potion. Are you going to rely on him as your QB1?

    Anyway – I took my own advice and drafted Kolb in the IBL as one of 12 representatives from the Cafe playing against 8 other FF sites. Wish me luck!

  12. Treyvian says:

    I believe Kolb could do very well but as far as sleepers I believe his cost from the hype is a little too great. For a QB Id take a look at Joe Flacco and for a deep sleeper id take a long look at RB Jerome Harrison from Cleveland. Flacco now has Boldin and as for Harrison he started putting up good numbers at the end of last season and I believe the changes will benefit him the most.

  13. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Not a very good preseason for Kolb…

  14. Jai says:

    I went against everything in me and opted to heed the usually very reliable words of the the beloved Fantasy Cafe. Came up with an L against a division rival; long season but Kolb gets the boot.

  15. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Vick is named the starter for Week 3 over a healthy Kolb.

    I just cut Kolb from both my teams. :(


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