So, the greatest quarterback in Eagles history will play for a division rival in 2010. Redskins, huh? Boom. There it is Eagles fans, you got your trade.
That’s not a good move by the Eagles’ brass. Donovan McNabb‘s got enough skills and the Redskins have enough weapons that he could throw for 350 and 3 TDs in both meetings this season. The price to instantly upgrade an NFC East foe with a Pro Bowl caliber and potentially Hall of Fame-bound quarterback? Two draft picks – second round (37th overall) this year and a third or fourth in 2011.
McNabb probably won’t get his revenge twice. Tthe Eagles typically only get rid of players when they are near a point of ineffectiveness and they have a suitable replacement. But let’s say hypothetically that they are wrong, the Redskins make the playoffs and the Eagles don’t. Those picks will not be enough. And the shine will come off the Kevin Kolb project pretty quickly.
There will be riots in Philly and they’ll march to Andy Reid‘s house carrying torches and pitchforks. For many Eagles fans — the kind screaming to put in Koy Detmer a half decade ago — those words probably read like they came from a crazy man, with crazy hair sitting in a crazy chair. Backup QBs are always the favorite football player in town — whether it’s midget league, high school, college or the pros, but especially in Philadelphia.
Then they actually get a chance to play.
I think I’m one of the few people still not sold on Kolb — esteemed Chinstrap Ninjas writer and reader Jay-Mo said in a text a couple minutes ago that Eagles fans will be happy with Kolb under center until Week 4. It sounds to me like he’s in the same court as me on this. That court is sponsored by the phrase “be careful what you wish for.”
Yes, Kolb threw for 391 yards and 327 yards in back-to-back games last season. He also threw two interceptions in each game and threw all three of his career TDs. Those two games came against New Orleans early last season — a defensive unit I could have thrown for 250 against — and Kansas City. For clarification, the NFL still recognizes the Chiefs as a legitimate franchise, despite onfield evidence to the contrary.
The one advantage Kolb has is that there are better weapons in Philadelphia now than McNabb ever had in his career… Save for the Terrell Owens years which nearly netted the Eagles a championship.
Kolb will throw to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, two talented young receivers who fantasy owners will salivate over at their drafts.
We have to wait until the NFL Draft before we pass final judgment — who knows what happens on draft day with that exciting second-rounder. But here are some of the main points we all need to ponder and discuss (please do so in the comments!):
- McNabb will throw to Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. He is a much better quarterback than Jason Campbell and should be able to do more with that group.
- Obviously, that makes every one of those receivers sleepers of different calibers.
- The Redskins backfield will feature Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and just signed Willie Parker. That’s a potent trio that, if rotated right, could stay healthy and effective. It hasn’t been easy for that group, but if a committee works, it would keep the pressure off the passing game.
- Kolb will throw to Jackson, Maclin, Brent Celek and Jason Avant or Hank Baskett. If he can get the ball to those top three quickly and accurately, he could have a great season.
- If Kolb is better than McNabb as a lot of people suggest, Jackson’s, Maclin’s and Celek’s value, already high, goes through the roof. I’d downgrade them all until we know Kolb’s got it.
- The Eagles backfield features LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell. I’m not totally sold on McCoy either, but he’ll have his shot because they released Brian Westbrook. If McCoy and Bell aren’t effective and Kolb is the least bit shaky, team’s are going to make life very difficult for Kolb and the Eagles offense.
- What happens on draft day? Big names can move via trade and big names are available in the draft.
Obviously, we’ll have lots more on this issue as we approach the 2010 NFL season.
Now my questions for you. Are you a Kolb-backer? Do you think McNabb will shake up the NFC East with his arrival in Washington? Let us know in the comments.