Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: August 25, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 4:30 pm

DeSean Jackson breaks long silence

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson hasn’t spent much time talking to the media this training camp. And by “hasn’t spent much time” I mean he’s declined from making comments on just about everything.

So, when he talks, it’s somewhat newsworthy.

"I'm just here to play football," Jackson told reporters, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, breaking his long silence. "All that other stuff, I could care less about, I have a job to do."

OK, that quote wasn’t especially newsworthy. But he did mention that despite his want of a new contract, he’s only concerned with helping the Eagles win.

“I’m here to win games and to be a team player and to do everything I can to encourage my guys (to) go out there and just be successful and win games,” he said. “That’s all I care about,"

He also gave praise to new QB Kevin Kolb, who replaced Donovan McNabb.

"We haven’t lost a step since he’s come in and been the man,” Jackson said.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am

Hot Routes 8.20.10: Positivity everywhere

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.

-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.

-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .

-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.

-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.

-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.

-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.

-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:15 pm

It's the last day of school feeling

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a loooong stay at Lehigh University, the Eagles broke camp today. As the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, it sounds like it was a scene directly out of “Dazed and Confused” when Alice Cooper sings, “School’s Out” where papers are flying and students are ripping up their text books and kids are jumping out of windows (I can’t find a video clip, but I’m sure you know what I mean).

By all accounts, it was a grueling camp, but the best news for Philadelphia was that the team suffered no major injuries.

From the Inquirer:

(Coach Andy) Reid said that there were an extra 200 plays this camp as a result of the extra week of practices. With 13 drafted rookies, more than a dozen undrafted rookies and plenty of other new faces, the extra time allowed all the newbies to get acquainted with the Eagles' ways. And that meant enduring Reid's brutal two-a-days.

“I think that built a foundation," Reid said. "In particular, a young group, and I think they need to be introduced to what the National Football League is all about. It’s faster, there’s more pressure put on you mentally and physically than what you had at the college level, and there’s no better place to figure all that out than right here."

According to Reid, camp also showed that quarterback Kevin Kolb could handle all the responsibilities that come with the job and exemplified further that the Eagles weren't misguided when they traded away Donovan McNabb and promoted Kolb.
The best part about this scene was what occurred on the basketball court in the parking lot after school let out.

Apparently, RB LeSean McCoy didn’t believe that QB Michael Vick could dunk the ball and bet him that he couldn’t. Vick proved him wrong, and without taking a running start, flushed the ball through the hoop with a two-handed jam.

Unlike Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, who might have an inflated self-worth of his basketball skills , maybe Vick actually could play in the NBA if there’s an NFL lockout next year.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:39 pm

Reasons to watch tonight's preseason action

Posted by Andy Benoit

Usually, the best part of a preseason game is simply seeing two teams in NFL uniforms on the same field. Tonight, there are three games, each with a unique reason to watch (maybe). Here’s what’s on the NFL’s Friday night docket (with a reason to watch listed below): K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Bills @ Redskins

McNabb’s debut in Washington. He’ll probably play two or three series. But we’ll get a quick glimpse at his on-field chemistry with Washington’s very mediocre receiving corps.

Also, bonus: what will Albert Haynesworth do in this game?

Chiefs @ Falcons

Tony Gonzalez faces his former team…for a few minutes, anyway.

Jaguars @ Eagles

Last year, this matchup gave us the Michael Vick return. This year, we get the Kevin Kolb debut. Sort of. Kolb has started games before – regular season games, in fact. But this is a tad different. For the first time, he’ll be taking the field as The Man in Philly. It’s a bigger deal that he’s doing so at home, where the Eagles fans will overreact to his every move. Will Kolb give in to the temptation to try and do too much? Will he be poised? How he plays shouldn’t matter (it’s the first preseason game, after all). But, given that Kolb’s performance will set the tone for Philly’s talk radio world and blogosphere the next few weeks, his performance tonight does matter.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 4:36 pm

Jerry Jones: Eagles more consistent sans McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFC East (which we previewed with "Survivor" contestant Jimmy Johnson recently ) doesn't exactly need more drama: the Donovan McNabb trade, the Cowboys being the Cowboys, Albert Haynesworth, etc.

Just in case though ... Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was willing to throw a little gas on the fire during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News .

"McNabb helped create those big swings in our games over the last 10 years," Jones said. "When he played well, it was like throwing the knockout punch. When he didn’t, you were able to throw the knockout punch."

That's not necessarily an insult -- even McNabb couldn't really disagree with that statement. However, he might not be as thrilled with Jerry implying that things might be better with the new quarterback.

"I don’t see that now (with Kolb). I think Kolb and the way they’re going about it now, you won’t have those big swings one way or the other. I think every game with them is going to be a battle. Because of Kolb and because the makeup of the rest of their team is solid. And their coach, there is not a better coach in the NFL than Andy (Reid)."

No "except Wade Phillips"? I kid, I kid. No one's trying to say Wade is better than Reid, even Jerry.

But the Kolb v. McNabb argument is one that will rage all season long with whichever side is winning in the standings leading the debate. The Cowboys were previously just innocent bystanders, but you can bet that McNabb is painting even bigger mental bullseye on them after hearing their owner's comments.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 4:26 pm

Reid forces Eagles fan to remove McNabb jersey

Posted by Will Brinson

To be fair, the "Eagles fan" (if he can really call himself that), Jim Devlin, was wearing a Donovan McNabb Redskins jersey while he was visiting the Eagles' training camp in Bethlehem, PA on Wednesday.

One could probably be forgiven for wearing one's $75 Philly McNabb replica, but naturally, when Andy Reid saw Devlin in the Skins version of the jersey, he wasn't thrilled. And he made him take it off.

Devlin, interestingly, was on the sidelines of practice -- according to the Daily News' Eagletarian -- because he secured passes from a friend of his, Frank Deutchki.

The Eagletarian also notes that Devlin was "surprised but also really angry" and that he wore the same jersey to "Sunday's Phillies-Mets game" before noting that he "thought Reid would be more concerned with what was happening on the field than on the sidelines."

Um, yeeeeeeah, so ... I don't think I'm allowed to use the appropriate words to describe this fella in this particular space, so I'll just say that anyone who purposely antagonizes Philadelphia fans and the head coach of the Philadelphia football team by wearing the jersey of a player that said football team just traded to a division rival probably deserves whatever he gets.

And considering he went the extra mile and rocked that gear in the stands of a Phillies game, he's lucky he's alive and/or not still shaking off the Double-A-battery-induced concussion.

Update (1:38): Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog gets some quotes from Bruce Allen on the situation. Basically, Allen points out that it wouldn't be "illegal" to wear a Jason Campbell Raiders' jersey to 'Skins training camp. Although fans are free to boo someone in a McNabb Philly jersey, apparently.

Update (4:25): The excellent Eagles' blog Bleeding Green Nation has a good take on this ... and PICS!

Want some more NFC East goodness? Check out our division preview with new "Survivor" contestent and former Cowboys' coach Jimmy Johnson .
Posted on: August 7, 2010 1:30 pm

DeSean Jackson has nothing to say

D. Jackson has not talked to reporters this year (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson hasn’t been talking to the media during training camp – unless, that is, you want to talk about his Porsche.
CSNPhilly.com caught up to him today after practice and asked why.

"I just don't want to talk," Jackson told the Web site. "I have nothing to talk about."

CSNPhilly politely disagrees, pointing out that Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has discussed his disappointment in the offense so far this season. Jackson has missed some time with a back injury, but even when he’s been on the field, QB Kevin Kolb and the rest of the offense haven’t looked so good.

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Kolb – who only started two games last season – hasn’t had much time to develop a rapport with Jackson, WR Jeremy Maclin (who's also been battling an injury during training camp) and TE Brent Celek.

If we're having this same discussion in three weeks, then, perhaps, Philadelphia might be in some trouble.

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:13 pm

High expectations for Eagles' Kolb

Philadelphia has high expectations for QB K. Kolb (Getty) Eagles QB Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick got the day off from practice today, leaving fourth-round pick Mike Kafka as the only signal-caller taking snaps. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about Kolb and what Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expects from his starter this season.

What Mornhinweg really wants, as recounted by the Philadelphia Inquirer , is for Kolb to maintain a high completion percentage and a low interception total. This obviously makes sense for any quarterback at any level. But Kolb is replacing Donovan McNabb, who threw interceptions on only 2.1 percent of his attempts – currently the third-best percentage in NFL history.

Mornhinweg wants him to imitate that.

“The best qualities that Kevin has, and there’s many of them, is quick decision-making and his accuracy and his timing,” Mornhinweg told reporters. “He’s got a good amount of skill and ability. And he’s got some guts. And some gut-instincts as well.”

Kolb also learns quickly from his mistakes.

“He got into some regular-season games last year and played very well for the most part,” Mornhinweg said. “There were 2 or 3 critical errors that he made and he learned from them. I can remember there was a play early in his career, there was a blitz and he just did the wrong thing. A year later in his second game last year, he was in the same spot. Similar play, similar situation. He did the perfect thing and we gained 16-18 yards. So he learns quick. He learns from his mistakes.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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