Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:20 pm

McNabb thinks he'll be cheered in Philly return

Posted by Will Brinson

Memory is weird thing and it certainly fades as people get older. Donovan McNabb must be aging quickly, because despite having spent nearly his entire professional career with the Eagles, he's already forgotten the oldest stereotype in the book: Philadelphia fans boo everyone.

In fact, he thinks that as a member of the Washington Redskins and a visiting opponent to the Linc on Sunday, he'll be cheered. At least that's what he said on his weekly radio spot (aptly named "The Donovan McNabb Show"), according to Jason Reid at the Washington Post .

"Honestly, I think that I would be cheered. More cheered than booed," McNabb said. "No matter what the situation is right now, that I'm with a different team and obviously it's kind of a rival, and it wasn't by my choice.

"But the whole deal about it was 11 years. It was a successful 11 years. And you had a lot of great times, a lot of great moments [and] a lot of exciting plays. Obviously, some down times, but you have that in the NFL. But there's more exciting things that happened in 11 years."

He's absolutely correct -- McNabb treated the "City of Brotherly Love" (cue eye roll) to 11 great years, even if his time with the Eagles never culminated in a Super Bowl win. But those 11 years, and the fact that no one was that upset when he got shipped out for Kevin Kolb (who was also summarily booed in his first start), should remind him just how brutal Philadelphia fans really are.

Then again, the Phillies just clinched another NL East divisional crown, so maybe the entire city will still be so drunk happy that they'll look past McNabb's Redskins uniform, remember all the NFC Championship game appearances and treat him the way they should: with a loud round of respectful applause.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:00 am

Week 3 NFL Sound Off

Posted by Andy Beoit

We’ll continue the NFL Sound Off each week for the rest of the season. To join the discussion, hit us up on Twitter @CBSSportsNFL or Facebook.com/CBSSports.

This week we asked, Who had the roughest week in the NFL? The nominees were Kevin Kolb, Vincent Jackson, Braylon Edwards and “Other”.

A large number of people chose Other, citing Reggie Bush. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t much – in fact, there wasn’t any – sympathy for Braylon.

Here is a collection of some of the best responses we received.

Who had the roughest week?

Via Twitter
@eagles6592 Kolb, he finally gets the chance then after not even two quarters vick becomes the starter.

(Andy’s note: this was sent Thursday…)

@EatSleepRedskin For once, not Haynesworth. Still time though.

@BFISA VJ’s agent

@finnfromminn Favre. No receivers, no offensive cohesion, 13 more weeks of getting the crap kicked out of him, and he's turning 41.

(Andy’s note: Need to add that finnfromminn hesitated to defend his answer when it was pointed out that Favre still made $1 million this week.)

Via Facebook
Dan Berry
andy reids soul

After several people answered Reggie Bush or Brett Favre, this response came in:

Scarekrowe Karratti
I don't know about the rest of you... but I can read, and I really believe Kolb probably had the roughest week of all. Sitting on bench watching Vick fiddle and fart around, and then take his job on top of that...???? Kolb. Roughest week in the NFL.

Keith Yawnick
rough week? these ppl have millions in their pockets. I have dust! im the one with the rough week!!!!

(Andy’s note: how does one get dust in their pocket?)

Tom Cole
Jackson and Edwards have been in trouble before, so thats no surprise. Therefore, I would have to say Kolb because he was pretty much promised that job when they got rid of McNabb. Then you suffer a concussion and lord your starting job.

Kevin Gregg
Vincent Jackson did it to himself. Braylon Edwards redeemed himself in week 2. Kevin Kolb seems to suck it up every time Philly puts him in.

Lance Peavy
Wade Phillips!!!! Fire him please...

Patrick McElwaine
Kevin Kolb!!! Hi Kevin, here is the keys to our franchise!!!! We'll start out on this road, wait you just hit a speed bump, pull over, Your not driving any more, heck, you cant use the car anymore, and there is a chance i am kicking you out of the house and taking your license!! Hope that doesnt hurt your self esteem--hey kev, you will be alright, ----ANDY REID

Christopher Cross
V-Jack had the roughest week by far. He's NOT getting paid.....and with the lockout looming he's probably going to NOT get paid for two years! FIRE your agents man.....they're costing you MILLIONS!

Sean Gus Robinette
Vincent Jackson because the Chargers are starting to prove they dont need him to win so hes not playing this season and the Charges already sent Cromartie packing for crying about the  not gunna make near as much as he woulda if he just sucked it up and played and Edw ards Kolb and Bush are still making millions

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 8:45 pm

Reid gives reason for benching Kolb

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, Eagles coach Andy Reid is trying to protect former starter/current backup Kevin Kolb. Protect him from the scrutiny of those enormously-sympathetic Philadelphia fans. Protect him from the local media who would “crucify” (Reid’s words, not mine) the young Kolb.

That’s what he told SI.com’s Peter King.

“He's a franchise quarterback,” Reid told King. “He will win games, and championships, for the Eagles. But I think it's a different deal when you go out there and can't make a mistake or you're going to get crucified, which is the way this thing might have gone if he went back in there now.”

Then, strangely, Reid denied making those comments. But as myfoxphilly.com points out, Reid later changed his mind and admitted to saying exactly that.

Apparently, he said through a team spokesman, he misunderstood a reporter’s question.

Why did Reid, then, repeatedly insist Kolb was the starter, no matter what Michael Vick accomplished on the field?

"I needed to buy myself some time, to think about this and make the right decision,” he told King.

I guess all of this makes sense. But it's kind of weird the way Reid went about making - and then informing the fan base of - this decision.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 6:32 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last week, I brought you some of my favorite weekly picks from the brains of whoever makes the prop bets for bodog.com (this is a pretty cool job, but man, that would be a really cool job).

This week, I’ve got a new batch. Maybe I should start a weekly feature called, “For the gambler in you.” How much you wanna bet that I’ll do that?

Will a team from Texas win Super Bowl XLV?

Yes 4/1

No 1/6

At 4/1, I might be inclined to put my money on that, though I don’t think it’ll happen. Wait, the San Antonio Spurs are eligible to play, right?

How many games will Kevin Kolb start from Week 4 onward in the 2010 NFL Regular Season?   

Over/Under 2

Too many possible factors to go with the under here. Vick could get injured, he could get benched, Andy Reid could change his mind again before Sunday.

Completion % - Jimmy Clausen (CAR)

Over/Under 54%

There are quite a few backup-QB-turned-starter-this-week prop bets, but this is a pretty good one. Until Clausen proves me wrong, I’d take the under. His first year playing at Notre Dame, it should be noted, he recorded a 56.3 completion percentage.

How many sacks will Clay Matthews record in the 2010 NFL regular season?          

Over/Under 20  

This is a tough one. I don’t think he’ll break the NFL record of 22.5, but I’d have a hard time putting him at the under as well. So, if I had to spell it out in a mathematical equation, maybe I’d say: 22.5>Matthews>20. 

Which of these NFL coaches will be fired first during the 2010 NFL regular season? 
Eric Mangini 3/2

John Fox 2/1

Wade Phillips 3/1

Brad Childress 5/1

I was asked this week if I thought Phillips would be fired mid-season, and I said I doubted it because I think the Cowboys will (somewhat) turn themselves around. But if they don’t – if they start 2-6 or something like that – I wouldn’t be terribly shocked for Jerry Jones to give Phillips the mid-season pink slip. So, I’d go with him. 

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 7:02 pm

Eagles are fielding calls about Kolb

Posted by Andy Benoit

A Philadelphia Eagles source told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that the team has fielded calls from several clubs about a possible trade for quarterback Kevin Kolb. K. Kolb (US Presswire)

This does not necessarily mean the Eagles are actively seeking to move the fourth-year quarterback. But, obviously, it does not mean that they’re married to Kolb in the long-term (not that anyone in this country views marriage as a long-term deal these days anyway).

On Wednesday, Andy Reid was asked whether Kolb would be around after the October 19 trade deadline. "Listen, I can't predict anything down that far, nobody in this league can do that,” Reid said.

Trading Kolb might seem illogical in the short-term, given that Philly would have no backup for high-risk-taking, somewhat-injury-prone Michael Vick. But Kolb’s value is likely to drop with each week that he spends on the bench. The Eagles may be inclined to sign a journeyman backup, take their chances with Vick and get as much value for Kolb as possible (especially if they’ve secretly decided that he’s no good).

We don’t know where the organization stands on Kolb at this moment because we’ve learned not to trust anything that Andy Reid says to the media. In fact, if Reid is serious about a trade, he’ll likely profess utter faith in Kolb’s long-term potential. Whatever increases the value.

Some possible destinations for Kolb? Obviously, the Raiders, Bills, Cardinals, Jaguars and Browns all need help under center.
Everyone seems to think the Seahawks will be looking to replace Matt Hasselbeck. Kolb could be competition for Charlie Whitehurst.

The Vikings could be in the quarterback market next year, assuming they’ll be willing to experience a summer that doesn’t include Brett Favre jerking them around. Word is Brad Childress, Philly’s former offensive coordinator, is fond of Kolb. Childress is still close with Reid.
It’s also possible that Kolb could still be in Philadelphia next season. (Though it feels unlikely.)

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:19 pm

Did the Browns call Eagles about trading Kolb?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are some conflicting reports out there today about whether or not the Cleveland Browns called the Philadelphia Eagles to inquire about acquiring starter-turned-benchwarmer Kevin Kolb.

Mike Florio passes along a report from Anthony Gargano of WIP in Philadelphia, where Gargano claims that the Browns "already have called about a possible trade for Kolb."

However, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer called the report "untrue" on Twitter. Well, at least she said that a "report that the Browns called the Eagles last night" was "untrue."

And maybe she's right. But the circumstantial evidence involved in the situation at least would lend some credibility to the belief that there was a discussion.

To wit: Tom Heckert, the General Manager for the Cleveland Browns, was in Philadelphia when the team drafted Kevin Kolb. So, clearly, he's a fan. Also clear: he can pretty easily get in contact with Andy Reid.

Then there's Reid's response to a question about Kolb being on the roster by the trade deadline this year (or opening day next season) -- well, actually, non -response is more accurate, since Reid simply said he "can't predict anything down that far."

Finally, the Cleveland Browns have young talented players and no quarterback. Kolb would be an ideal fit for an offense that Mike Holmgren would want implemented and there's no reason to think that Eric Mangini would be opposed to starting someone other than Seneca Wallace, provided he has any pull.

So that's not to say that the Browns did call the Eagles and try to acquire Kolb, but it's a trade that makes some potential sense if Philly feels that their long term future is Michael Vick.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:20 pm

Reid confirms Vick is starter for rest of year

Posted by Will Brinson

Andy Reid addressed the media shortly before lunchtime in Philadelphia and you'll never believe this, but the topic was Michael Vick starting. Although Reid said plenty about the issue on Tuesday night when he initially announced the decision, there were plenty of nuggets that came from the presser.

Primarily, that Vick is in fact the starter for the rest of the season (or at least until, presumably, he gives Reid reason not to start him).

"Yes," Reid said laughing. "I didn't appoint him for one week, that's not what I did."

What Reid didn't find as funny was the question regarding the possibility of Kevin Kolb not being on the Eagles roster come the 2010 trade deadline or the start of the 2011 season.

"I can't predict anything down that far -- nobody in this league can do that," Reid said. "That's ridiculous. It's very similar to things that were reported -- there was nobody that influenced this call, it was my decision."

In case you don't understand "coach-speak," that's the definition of a non-answer.

To his credit, though, Reid did respond to a follow-up about listening to a trade for Kolb with a resounding, "No, I want Kevin Kolb on this football team."

But even that isn't a guarantee that Kolb will be on the roster -- there's the possibility of him being traded this season (highly unlikely) or being traded before next season (if Vick goes All-Pro and takes Philly to the playoff, you best believe he's getting at minimum a franchise tag). Reid at the very least wouldn't guarantee Kolb's future, even though he was willing to quite clearly do so when he traded Donovan McNabb.

That, clearly, would put Kolb's long term status in Philly at jeopardy, even though Reid remains behind the youngster.

"He was the first person I met with, and that includes coaches and administration and anyone else." "And I felt that was very important in this situation."

Just remember that things change pretty quickly in Philadelphia.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:05 am

Hot Routes 9.22.10: It's a dog-eat-dog world

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  • The Philadelphia Daily News , even amid a Phillies playoff push, is most concerned with reminding you about Michael Vick's past (see: right). Because, as Mike Florio points out , everyone needs to remember that Vick is getting a second chance! DO NOT FORGET THAT HE DID SOMETHING EVIL AND NOW IS GOOD. Otherwise this whole "he's starting now and the Eagles are winning" thing isn't any fun.
  • Chan Gailey is apparently exactly like Mike Shanahan -- because of his hatred for fantasy football players and use of as many running backs as possible -- except for the fact that his teams and running backs aren't worth playing/owning/using. To sum up: he's refusing to name a starter but he may or may not give C.J. Spiller more touches.
  • Pete Carroll, however, is all business, yo. You play like poop and he's gonna let you know. Optimistically, of course, but he'll let you know. In fact, he called out his main bro Matt Hasselbeck for playing so poorly against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
  • Derek Anderson shouldn't worry about getting yelled at. Well, maybe he could get yelled at, but he won't be benched immediately, as the Arizona Republic reports the team will be "patient" with him. That's probably because they don't have another choice.
  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the rivalry between the Cowboys and the Texans is just "a figment of fans' imagination." I've only been to Texas like once or twice, so I can't say for sure, but something tells me that if the Texans beat the Cowboys and push them to 0-3, they will be talking a lot. And something else tells me that if the Texans represent the state at Jerry Bowl 2K11, a certain Cowboys owner and his fans will not be very happy.
  • With Luke McCown out for the year, Todd Bouman is the winner in the "David Garrard Replacement" sweepstakes. Guess we can take him out of the controversies column now.
  • And we'll close with awesome news for the always awesome Hines Ward, who was sworn into President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Tuesday.
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