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McNabb's former pass-catchers throw support behind Kolb

Last week, Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver made it known that he opposed the idea of the team trading quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Perhaps not coincidentally, Weaver wasn’t one of the players whose quotes following the move were published by the Eagles.

Three of the men who previously caught passes thrown by McNabb were among the players whose comments were distributed by McNabb’s former team.  Not surprisingly, all three support the move.

Tight end Brent Celek said that the players “definitely” have confidence in Kevin Kolb.  “We believe whoever our quarterback is that we can win the Super Bowl,” Celek said.  “Kevin is the quarterback and we are going to support him 100 percent.  We definitely have faith in Kevin. . . .  We all believe that he can lead us to the promised land.”

Celek also added that he thinks Kolb eventually will be the best quarterback in the NFL.

Receiver Jeremy Maclin said that “Kolb is definitely the type of guy who can take us to where we need to be,” and that “Kolb can be that good.”

Wideout DeSean Jackson agrees.  “My word for him is ‘potential.’  It’s really hard to [predict what he can do], but as far as what I know he’s capable of doing, he’s capable of doing some great things.  What I was able to see him do in college, he’s done some pretty good things.  We’re just looking forward to a whole year under his belt.  I’m going to do everything I can do to help him be the great quarterback that I think he can be.”

The fact that the Eagles have launched a full-blown youth movement wasn’t lost on Jackson, who has completed only two NFL seasons.  “It just feels like some new energy is coming around and guys are pumped
up,” Jackson said.  “I just heard Maclin say that he’s ready to get the season started
right now.  We’re fired up and ready to go.  We have a lot to prove and we
feel like we’re a team that’s always been that close.  We’re just ready
to go take it all the way.”   

We like the enthusiasm.  Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.

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50 Responses to “McNabb's former pass-catchers throw support behind Kolb”
  1. ICDogg says: Apr 5, 2010 5:11 PM

    Heh. Indeed.

  2. sonvar says: Apr 5, 2010 5:12 PM

    We shall see what comes of it. I know I’m not exactly thrilled . If the Eagles have a good season it will be because of those receivers picking up slack more so than Kolb. Really I’d say the major victory for the Eagles would be having a QB that plays an entire season.

  3. penguininbondage says: Apr 5, 2010 5:13 PM

    Much the way you vapor locked to NBC when they came calling huh?
    I look at this year as one to get things in place. Then make the run.

  4. Slow Joe says: Apr 5, 2010 5:14 PM

    This post brought to you by McNabbTradeTalk.com

  5. eagles_5_beast says: Apr 5, 2010 5:15 PM

    Wut a fag u just had to ruin a article like tht with tht last paragraph

  6. jayy says: Apr 5, 2010 5:17 PM

    We like the enthusiasm. Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.
    _________
    LMAOOO!!
    i had to sign in to reply to that line i been laughin for about 5 mins now that was hilarious..
    im a huge giants fan n tho i hate to see mcnabb still in the division(though i cant imagine him elsewhere) he is going to shred the eagles…
    all those ungrateful years from the ownership and the fans will come back to haunt them he was the best thing they had.. now we can go bak to destroying eagles again w.o mcnabb..good luck kolb

  7. blackglass says: Apr 5, 2010 5:18 PM

    I’ll beat the Cowboy fans to it:
    Maybe Kolb will be able to actually beat the Cowboys once in a season.

  8. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 5, 2010 5:19 PM

    Celek thinks Kolb eventually will be the best QB in the NFL…someone needs to tell Celek that April Fools Day was last week…or that Celek should lay off the Captain Morgan…the Eagles should be thrilled IF Kolb is not the next Bobby Hoying, …until this team actually WINS a Super Bowl, they need to realize talk is cheap

  9. tombrookshire says: Apr 5, 2010 5:20 PM

    Jackson, at least for now is the Eagles new offensive leader, so it’s important to have him onboard with Kolb. In fact, Jackson had been pretty vocal about his support of Kolb, especially after McNabb threw him and the other young players under the bus following the two consecutive losses to the Cowboys.

  10. snnyjcbs says: Apr 5, 2010 5:21 PM

    These guys practice with these two guys a bunch and I am sure know them both well.
    When you consider that Campbell had a higher completion precentage, threw for more total yards and just a couple less TD’s than McNabb did last year, it says a bunch.
    Campbell was playing behind a garbage O line with second rung receivers while McNabb had a pretty good O line and very good receivers. My guess is if Campbell had played for the Eagles last year his numbers would be through the roof. And had McNabb played for the Skins last year his numbers would fall a bunch.
    It is clear to see that McNabb does not worry about McNabb hurting them with them trading him within the division. And maybe Kolb will be able to step up to the plate in big games and when they matter, something McNabb failed at time after time.

  11. Gautam says: Apr 5, 2010 5:21 PM

    The real test for these young guns will come in the fourth quarter of close games. Experience definitely counts in high pressure situations.

  12. december says: Apr 5, 2010 5:25 PM

    “We like the enthusiasm. Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.”
    Is this you trying to be funny? Dork…

  13. Contra says: Apr 5, 2010 5:25 PM

    ENOUGH ABOUT MCNABB…BRETT FAVRE BABY! BRETT FAAAAAVRE!

  14. jaywon says: Apr 5, 2010 5:26 PM

    Haha. All three of those guys together have what 5 years in the league. I’m sure they’re opinion means squat…

  15. prophet of the light says: Apr 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    “Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.”
    Just like it’s hard to write objective editorials unless you remove your head firmly up Brett Favre’s ass?

  16. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    I don’t know why this PDA was necessary unless the local Philly fans are opposed to letting McNabb go. The Eagles got a much better deal for McNabb than the Redskins will ever get for Campbell. Now that is a shame when you consider all the money invested into Campbell in terms of training. I have heard a 5th rounder at best for him. The McNabb trade wasn’t a surprise or unpopular among the Eagle players. But the receiving corps was encouraged to come out with a show of support for Kolb anyway.

  17. nittanylion0 says: Apr 5, 2010 5:28 PM

    Brent Celek was on one of the local Sunday “sports wrap” shows in Philly last night and he continually reported that exact line about 3 times. it’s like he’s a robot. as a matter of fact, most of this sounds robotic. Philly may try to hype this as a changing of the guard, but Kevin Kolb is just a complete unknown. and playing in a division with two good defenses and a defense that is poised to return to its more solid roots next season…
    this all sounds great in April. let’s see how it pays off in December.

  18. WildBirdOffense says: Apr 5, 2010 5:29 PM

    Wow, showing support for your QB who no one outside of true Eagles fans believe in is kissing ass? Classic.

  19. golongboyee says: Apr 5, 2010 5:30 PM

    Does the term “dellusional” come to mind when reading this article………….

  20. P-way Eagles says: Apr 5, 2010 5:30 PM

    Florio you of all people should talk..When are your lips NOT on some dudes ass?!?!?!?!

  21. thestan says: Apr 5, 2010 5:34 PM

    Remove their lips from his a@s…???
    These are the same guys that were reportedly going to Kolb for help during the season, not “5″
    Whats to say that these guys didn’t WANT Kolb as the starter…maybe a pass above the shoelaces would allow for more YAC… or less broken ribs…
    Like it or not, MANY Eagles fans are full heartedly behind this move, as it appears that many of the players are as well -

  22. three7eightyfive says: Apr 5, 2010 5:38 PM

    “Ass” huh? …. Classy. This blog is weaksause.

  23. chemicalxv says: Apr 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    Wideout DeSean Jackson agrees. “My word for him is ‘potential.’ It’s really hard to [predict what he can do], but as far as what I know he’s capable of doing, he’s capable of doing some great things. What I was able to see him do in college, he’s done some pretty good things. We’re just looking forward to a whole year under his belt. I’m going to do everything I can do to help him be the great quarterback that I think he can be.”
    ——-
    I wonder how much the Eagles’ PR guy had to edit this so we could understand it

  24. nfcbeast says: Apr 5, 2010 5:43 PM

    Eagles are younger and have huge potential all over the offense.
    I dont see it as kissing Kolb’s ass, any team that cuts a player of McNabbs caliber will definitly have players show support
    ….Remember Aaron Rodgers??
    Florio your lips are on your own ass

  25. sultanofslot says: Apr 5, 2010 5:44 PM

    “Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.”
    Unfunny and hypocrital! And you have the nerd to run a “Turd Watch” – it’s always been 00 days since you’ve exhibited turdlike activity.

  26. NYSports831 says: Apr 5, 2010 5:49 PM

    HAHAHA…I love the joke at the end…so random, kind of hit me like whoooaaa!!
    Florio clearly loving life as a Skins fan…
    Bad move Philly, forget about Mcnabb’s talent, Andy Reid is an Offensive guy…you send an 11 year vet of your system to a team in the division?
    I think Mcnabb may be in more defensive meetings than offense…

  27. Jethro Marx says: Apr 5, 2010 5:49 PM

    Can you just do some damn reporting like you do in the first 95% of all your posts and leave the wisecracks out? It would be one thing if you were funny, but they leave me with a bad impression of you every time I read your posts. You’re a great reporter, and a bad comedian. You come off sounding like a wannabe Dennis Miller. Remember how his sports career went? Do what you’re good at and stick to it.

  28. WingT says: Apr 5, 2010 5:49 PM

    Great story – at least up until the last paragraph.

  29. palewook says: Apr 5, 2010 5:52 PM

    of course they are going to back their starting qb, they have too.

  30. axeman54jt says: Apr 5, 2010 5:53 PM

    We like the enthusiasm. Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.
    ————————
    after that comment florio, i hope your wife has an affair. stay out of philly you scumbag

  31. BenRapistberger says: Apr 5, 2010 5:55 PM

    The Eagles were tied with the Vikings for my favorite team in the NFC. Now I wan’t to see them get owned by the Redskins twice a year. McNabb has been the most underappreciated QB in the league for over a decade.

  32. PhillyhatesU says: Apr 5, 2010 5:56 PM

    Florio, oh he got jokes

  33. Mooch says: Apr 5, 2010 6:00 PM

    Why do Celek, Maclin, and Jackson hate McNabb? They just never appreciated him.
    He played well for them and they just throw him aside.
    Be careful what you wish for, Eagles skill position players.
    By hoping for a QB who won’t be gone next season and can grow with you, you reveal your character flaws.
    So hateful! Almost as bad as the fans who sell out all the games and buy Eagles merchandise year after year.
    Disgusts me.

  34. kinghill says: Apr 5, 2010 6:08 PM

    What’s amazing to me is how no one seems to be giving Westbrook credit for making McNabb look so much better than he was. How many times did Brian make an acrobatic catch on a simple screen and still run the ball down the field? How much of the team’s total offense was Westbrook each year? Do you want to know what DeSean Jackson thinks of McNabb? Jackson would have broken the NFL record for 50 yard plus TD’s in a season if McNabb could have simply hit him wide open several times during the last two games. Look at the film on Kolb’s throw to Jackson for a long TD. Jackson was hit in stride. No wonder he wants Kolb.

  35. jibfest says: Apr 5, 2010 6:10 PM

    BenRapistberger says:
    April 5, 2010 5:55 PM
    The Eagles were tied with the Vikings for my favorite team in the NFC. Now I wan’t to see them get owned by the Redskins twice a year. McNabb has been the most underappreciated QB in the league for over a decade.
    –Fake azz fan, get a team and support them. Bum.

  36. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 5, 2010 6:16 PM

    i think this is probably the first and last time i agree with Florios article

  37. FrankfordYellowJackets says: Apr 5, 2010 6:31 PM

    Weaver was “opposed the idea of the team trading quarterback Donovan McNabb”?
    Wait … Let me check Weaver’s quote again …
    “Not a knock on [Kevin] Kolb, but I would love for Donovan to come back for another year so we can try to win it all.”
    Wow, nice job trying to stir something up Florio – you should work for “The Star”. Hack.

  38. VonClausewitz says: Apr 5, 2010 6:34 PM

    Dun Dun Dun!
    Fabio strikes again!

  39. kbaby604 says: Apr 5, 2010 6:36 PM

    SFrancis1680 says:
    April 5, 2010 5:19 PM
    Celek thinks Kolb eventually will be the best QB in the NFL…someone needs to tell Celek that April Fools Day was last week…or that Celek should lay off the Captain Morgan…the Eagles should be thrilled IF Kolb is not the next Bobby Hoying, …until this team actually WINS a Super Bowl, they need to realize talk is cheap
    LOL … and how many SB has McNabb won????
    Garcia took the Eagles to the playoffs and Kolb played good in the 2 games he started. Sounds like to me McNabb is just an average QB.

  40. BirdsPhever says: Apr 5, 2010 6:43 PM

    Florio you are a tool and i really dont know why i come back to read the stuff you post…trying to start something up earlier today with the TO to the skins chatter…now trying to make weaver look like an asshole, and than when you actually have a decent part of an article for once (talking about the support players have for him) you ruin it with a smart ass comment…The only things reliable you post on here you steal from other people and when you come up with a post yourself, it is truely pathetic.

  41. Mahoney says: Apr 5, 2010 6:52 PM

    Horrible Florio. Will you run the same lame jokes when the Redskin receivers say how excited they are to have McNabb in town?
    As far as the young players showing their support, they are the core of the team for years to come. Why wouldn’t their opinion matter? Why is the offense supporting their new QB that they have known for years kissing ass? I just don’t get it.
    Jackson is already one of the best receivers in the league, so his opinion would certainly be important. Maclin is young, but he is the #2 in a pass-heavy offense. Celek is friends with Kolb, and had two of his best three games of the year with Kolb under center (16 catches 208 yards 1 touchdown). It’s safe to assume he will play a huge part in Kolb’s success for failure.
    A word of advice Florio, you might have to actually pay attention to something other than Sprint phones and the overtime rule.

  42. jreed says: Apr 5, 2010 6:56 PM

    “We like the enthusiasm. Then again, it will be hard for Celek, Maclin, and Jackson to get open if they don’t remove their lips from Kevin Kolb’s ass.”
    What Florio, Sour Grapes? Just because Kolb wont let you kiss his ass doesn’t mean you have to make fun on the Philly pass catchers.

  43. Bell63 says: Apr 5, 2010 6:59 PM

    Interesting you say they are kissing his ass, but Jackson says he has ‘potential.’ That sounds positive, but certainly not overdoing it.

  44. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 5, 2010 7:27 PM

    kbaby604, THANKS for copying my post… 50 years w/o a title…the point of my argument is, instead of telling people how GREAT they are, Celek & these guys need to do their talking on the football field, b/c those comments are going to bite those players in the ass…the Eagles still have not lived down the GOLD STANDARD, BEST ROSTER IN THE NFL, PEDAL TO THE METAL comments that came from their front office, …and by the way, they still have Andy “I’ve got to do a better job of putting guys in position” Reid as their Head Coach, you’d THINK that if he’s said for the past 10 years that he has do a “better job” that the Eagles would find a Head Coach, who could do a “better job”

  45. Defx says: Apr 5, 2010 7:43 PM

    What exactly do you expect them to say? That they wish McNabb was still here? That they think Kolb will never be as good as McNabb? That they will never win with Kolb? That they won’t play for Kolb?
    Even if they believed those things, they would never say them. McNabb is a division rival now; they have to move on. The fans and media have the luxury of thinking what they want; the players have to believe they can win with who they’ve got, otherwise why even show up?

  46. wubanga101 says: Apr 5, 2010 8:06 PM

    To all you idiots who are 100% convinced that Kevin Kolb is an automatic bust, when after the 2 games he played he showed his knowledge of the offense. When Schaub was the talk of the league a few years back for his 2 starts in Atlanta I bet all you same people hopped on the Matt Schuab bandwagon and said “Wow, that guy has some real talent” and when he got traded to Houston I bet all of you said “Thats a great pick-up for the Texans. Remember how good he looked in those 2 games last year”. Now Kolb has blowin those 2 starts the Schaub had out of the water but he’s a total bust. And I bet all you same people were all convinced Aaron Rodgers was great QB even though he only had limited action but some of you same people said “Green Bay had to trade Farve because Aaron Rodgers is too good to be sitting on the bench. Look how good he was when he came in and in the preseason”.
    The only difference between those guys and Kevin Kolb at this point is that Kolb has played better than those guys in the same limited action they all saw. Kevin Kolb WILL be a good QB in this league and I think he’ll go to a few pro bowls with the weapons we have surrounded him with. All you idiots are going to look like idiots in less than 2 years. He will have his ups and downs next year but he’ll will be poised to take full advantage of his weapons come 2011 (as long as we have football).

  47. BigBear123 says: Apr 5, 2010 9:25 PM

    None say he is better than McNabb, they just say they look forward to playing with him.
    Just like the Vick courage award was unanimous…..

  48. nittanylion0 says: Apr 5, 2010 10:28 PM

    Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Schaub, Aaron Rodgers… dreaming that Kolb can approach the “success” of those names may get Eagles fans to sleep at night… but really, what has any of those guys done except look good in your fantasy line up? McNabb had at least as much success as all of them combined.

  49. buddha says: Apr 5, 2010 10:53 PM

    JAYY, ha, the Eagles handled your giants with Jeff Garcia as well. Playoffs of ’06, remember?? Kolb is a step up from Garcia. And Kolb has some major weapons with Desean, Maclin, Celek, Weaver, and McCoy has a lot to prove but he looks like he has the talent to be a pretty good RB in this league. Hopefully TE Cornelius Ingram shows his potential this season too.

  50. Floriosadouchebag says: Apr 5, 2010 11:00 PM

    Those young guys are going to get a huge wake up call. You had a perennial pro bowler throwing to you. Now you have a “Houston” QB who has only had 1 good game vs the Chiefs D throwing to you. How did Andre Ware and David Klingler work out in the NFL? If these young guys think this will work out, then they are dumber than my friend Lowell Rikert.

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