August 10, 2007
Crunch Time is a compilation of hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp. BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It had to happen sooner or later. Kevin Kolb, whose first days laboring in front of Eagles fans have been a lovefest of welcome and encouragement, threw an interception straight into the arms of rookie free agent safety Chris Smith yesterday. Boos wafted down from the grandstand closest the field. They were mocking, joking boos, but boos nonetheless. "Put McNabb back in," one fan advised.
April 7, 2010
FIRST TIME Donovan McNabb comes to town in that burgundy and cream Redskins jersey, he can expect to be booed lustily. It's a Philadelphia tradition. But excuse us if we fail to observe that local custom this time. What many fans will remember most about the McNabb years is an empty space in the trophy case where the Lombardi trophy, symbol of a Super Bowl win, should reside. But that failure should not overshadow an era when the Eagles were a perennial winner, thanks largely to McNabb's big arm and bigger heart.
February 24, 2010 |
If there was any doubt that Donovan McNabb was the Eagles' starting quarterback for next season - and there has been plenty - it was placated once again by the only person that can actually speak on such matters. Although Eagles coach Andy Reid was not asked directly about McNabb's future during yesterday's news conference to announce Brian Westbrook's release, he alluded to the quarterback's return when he was asked about filling the running back's leadership void on offense. "Well, Donovan is obviously here," Reid said.
November 27, 2007
WAS IT JUST US, or did you notice the Eagles' offense was smoother, more effective with A.J. Feeley at quarterback? Was it just us, or did it seem wide receivers whose names were rarely heard this season - can you say Greg Lewis? - somehow, magically reappeared out of nowhere? Was it just us or did Sunday night's game against the almighty New England Patriots, favored to kick the feathers off our Birds, turn out to be the most entertaining and most competitive game this season?
November 25, 2008
FOR NEARLY 10 years, the dynamic duo of Coach Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb have tried, unsuccessfully, to lead their football team to a Super Bowl championship. It's clear to fans that either Reid or McNabb - or both - need to go. Reid's decision to pull McNabb during the second half of Sunday's game signaled Reid's lack of confidence in McNabb, and so the end of an era. We can only hope it's the beginning of a rebuilding period for our hapless football team. The loss on Sunday only underscored the need for change.
July 30, 2011 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Kevin Kolb has arrived in Arizona as the new quarterback of a Cardinals team in desperate need of one, acknowledging the pressure he will be under to succeed but saying the situation simply "feels right. " "You just know when something feels right and this one feels right," he said, "all the way from flying in, driving through town, getting here to the facility, talking with everybody, meeting the players, it feels really good. " Kolb appeared at a news conference yesterday after undergoing his physical, and later, he traveled to the team's training camp in Flagstaff for an evening team meeting.
September 21, 2010 |
The Eagles are a like a mash-up of bad cable-network slogans. They know drama, and they're very funny. You can decide for yourself, but the evidence points toward the joke end of that spectrum. Compared to the Birds, the Jets - with their mouthy proclamations and HBO series and early-morning DWIs - are football's version of Ambien. Their production features sad, cliched story lines that have played out on grass- and turf-covered stages for ages. This thing the Eagles have put together is something altogether different and original.
October 4, 2010 |
Vick's health. Quarterback Mike Vick was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter with a chest injury. Kevin Kolb replaced him and played the rest of the game. Vick's status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is up in the air. Where were the hotshot wideouts? DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who combined for six touchdown catches in the first three games, were invisible yesterday. They combined for four catches for 34 yards and no TDs. Can the Eagles win with this offensive line?
July 31, 2011 |
Reprinted from Saturday's editions Kevin Kolb praised Eagles coach Andy Reid, acknowledged the pressure he faces as the Cardinals' new starting quarterback, and took a playful (we're pretty sure) swipe at Philadelphia when he met with reporters Friday in Arizona. "There was a lot of pressure in every situation I've been thrown in so far, so it's nothing new for me. I look forward to the challenge. I look forward to answering a lot of the critics," Kolb said. He told reporters he was impressed with the Cardinals and Arizona when the Eagles played there in the NFC title game in 2009.
April 5, 2010 |
Officially, the trade is Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for the 37th pick of the 2010 NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round draft choice in 2011. Those picks made the trade happen, but they are the fine print. This trade is McNabb for Kevin Kolb, a trading of quarterback eras on an Easter Sunday. A quarterback who - whatever your widely varying opinions of him - made the playoffs eight times in 11 seasons, is giving way to a QB who has started two games in his three NFL seasons.