The Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to trade Donovan McNabb and declare Kevin Kolb their starting quarterback was the most significant step in a movement by the team to get younger in 2010.
One of the Eagles’ youngest players, 23-year-old wide receiver DeSean Jackson, says that movement has made the team more energetic than it was in his first two seasons.
“Not to say when McNabb was here it wasn’t fun,” Jackson said. “We were always able to have fun. It just feels like some new energy is coming around and guys are pumped up.”
The average age of the Eagles’ projected 2010 starters on offense is 25, and Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times quotes several of those projected starters making statements about their enthusiasm for the team’s youth movement — even as they’re careful not to say anything that would be perceived as a slight to McNabb, Brian Westbrook or any other departed veteran.
“There are a lot of guys there that have proven themselves young,” Kolb said, “and we’re not afraid to go out there young and prove it again.”