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Kolb wants to start or he wants out of Philly

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Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb said all the right things this season and couldn’t have been more supportive of Michael Vick.  Now that the season is over, another approach is being used.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer credits a source that says Kolb wants out if the Eagles bring back Vick as a starter.  Heck, the source may as well be Kolb’s post-game quotes.  He doesn’t try to hide his feelings.

“I love it here, as everybody knows,” Kolb said. “My family’s settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere.”

Kolb was asked if he could handle another season as a backup in Philadelphia.

“I can’t answer that question,” Kolb said.

It didn’t take long for the offseason quarterback drama to start in Philly again, did it?  We suspect this episode will drag on a while because the Eagles probably don’t want to let go Kolb go.

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  1. fonetiklee says: Jan 10, 2011 12:40 AM

    Can’t blame him. He’s good enough to be starting for plenty of teams, Dolphins, 9ers, etc. But unless the Eagles get a damned good offer for him, they’re more than happy to let him be a very good backup. He’s still under contract.

  2. marcsasharc says: Jan 10, 2011 12:41 AM

    as if he wasnt an obvious trade possibility for SF already, he certainly is on the market now. him or Vick, and i dont think they let Vick walk.

  3. hobartbaker says: Jan 10, 2011 12:42 AM

    Bye, bye, Korn Kolb.

  4. latopia says: Jan 10, 2011 12:53 AM

    The Eagles invested $11m in Kolb last April. Kolb’s ROI for 2010-11: 76.2

    Now, Kolb is apparently threatening to leverage a career QBR of 73.2 into a trade-me-or-play-me ultimatum?

    And “they” call Michael Vick delusional?

  5. skoobyfl says: Jan 10, 2011 12:54 AM

    Kevin was the heir apparent when McNabb was to leave & waited for his turn until the team brought in a shiny new toy in Vick.

    A couple of simple things here:

    Vick is nothing like Kolb & is so much more exciting to watch.

    Kolb playing starting QB versus Vick is like watching the younglings trying to challenge Darth Vader in the temple.

    Andy Reid looks like he got a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas as a child everytime Vick runs the ball, Kolb turns him into bad Santa.

    I wish Kolb well & see him going to the Dolphins for a few reasons, one of them is that they like bringing in boring QB’s & another is they have the worst QB’s in the league. Henne is a back-up at best & Chad P. has a injury list longer than “The Wrestler”. Bring on the dancing girls, Miami will have a decent starter.

  6. terpface says: Jan 10, 2011 12:57 AM

    I still think it would be in the Eagles best interest to sign him long term, and let Vick walk. Vicks play is cute and all, and is such a good story (please) but when hes pressured hes the same old Vick we saw in Atlanta.

    As far as Kolbs Qb rating, thats what happens when your coming off the bench smart guy. Had he started all season it probably would have been s different story

  7. sdchargers25 says: Jan 10, 2011 12:57 AM

    and also im sure a UFL team could use Kolb as a starter…or maybe the CFL.

  8. 7ftgriff says: Jan 10, 2011 12:58 AM

    Here is how this will go down.

    Eagles Trade Kolb and 23rd pick to 49ers for 7th pick in this years draft and 2nd rounder next yr

    We will look forward to seeing you in Red and Gold Next year Kevin Kolb

  9. gcsuk says: Jan 10, 2011 1:13 AM

    I’m not sure if anyone has called Vick “delusional”.

    “Sociopathic”, “narcissistic”, “con artist”…now THOSE names I’ve heard him called.

  10. jagerbmb says: Jan 10, 2011 1:26 AM

    Kolb would not have thrown that pick.

  11. wallyhorse says: Jan 10, 2011 1:28 AM

    The surprise of this:

    Absolutely ZERO.

    We all pretty much know barring a lockout or Vick signing elsewhere, Kolb will be traded this off-season, the question is where will he go, and how much will the Eagles get in return.

    I suspect there will be quite a few teams lining up to get him. The 49ers (who may very well be in a position with the Rams to dominate the NFC West for a few years given how pathetic that division is) look to be the front-runners to get Kolb, with the Cardinals (if the Cards don’t go for McNabb) not too far behind and even the Seahawks if Matt Hasslebeck leaves among those looking to get Kolb. Eagles could very well wind up getting a first-rounder or trading Kolb and their own pick to move up in the first round, possibly even into the upper portion of the first round of the draft.

  12. theromancefiles says: Jan 10, 2011 1:36 AM

    Bye

  13. phillybirds says: Jan 10, 2011 1:38 AM

    Michael Vick must get a new contract. He deserves one after he led us to the playoffs this year even though any other qb would have fell to 6-10 with that offensive line and terrible defense. Of course it was only going to be a matter of time until defenses started to figure out how to stop the main guy in our offense lol. We cant blame Vick for that though. Lets blame Andy Reid for never establishing a run game even though we have 2 great runningbacks. (Ok, Jerome Harrison may not be considered GREAT but he played his heart out this season and made big plays during most of his opportunities).

    We shouldn’t hold Kevin back either. Lets see what we can get for him and make something work. We need to fix our offensive line and we need a way better defensive. We need work on our defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs. Every position needs to be evaluated on defense.

  14. disgustedphinfan says: Jan 10, 2011 1:43 AM

    Kevin, you’re not gonna stat in Philly. You will be a starter wearing aqua, orange, navy blue and white. Cmon down soyth, youll be a rock star in Miami.

  15. disgustedphinfan says: Jan 10, 2011 1:45 AM

    Kevin, you’re not gonna start in Philly. You will be a starter wearing aqua, orange, navy blue and white. Cmon down south, you’ll be a rock star in Miami.

  16. raidergreg2000 says: Jan 10, 2011 1:50 AM

    Kolb destroys dog killer

  17. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 10, 2011 2:03 AM

    I’m on the fence about Kolb when thinking about him coming to the 49ers. On one hand I’m not sure he’s played enough to really know what kind of QB he can be, but so far he hasn’t done anything that shouts like he would be a better option then keeping Alex Smith around for another year (shudder).

    Kolb is wildly inconsistent from week to week. For instance in week 6 he had an amazing game against Atlanta, completing almost 80% of his passes, 23-29, with 3 tds and 1 int. On the other hand the next week he had a terrible game against Tennessee where he threw only 54% complete at 26-48 with 1 td and 1 int. His rating this year (76.1) is lower then both Troy Smith’s (77.8) and Alex Smith’s (82.1). Based only on that I would have to say that he wouldn’t be worth a trade, especially since he has a heftier salary.

  18. richieab says: Jan 10, 2011 2:04 AM

    Bleedgreen were you at hiding under the bleachers so much for your washed up feagles. now sit down on your couch with the rest of the eagles and leave next week up to the big boys.

  19. blitzman67 says: Jan 10, 2011 2:13 AM

    You will never win the big one or even get there with a running QB. Sure Vick has matured and throws more. But its all based off his running ability.

  20. cup1981 says: Jan 10, 2011 2:18 AM

    Kolb has an opportunity to be a solid starter. He hasn’t had the best of opportunities, nor the best of teachers [McNabb and Reid]. I believe he will be a decent starter somewhere, at some point in his career, he just needs the correct situation with the right coach. The Eagles thought enough of him to trade away the only good QB they have had since Cunningham. This means there is something there. I suspect if Vick asks for a huge contract, the Eagles will let him walk and Kolb will be the starter, but if Vick is reasonable and understands he still has yet to prove himself, they will resign Vick and Kolb will be traded. The Eagles can probably get a late-2nd early 3rd pick for Kolb.

    I doubt that Vick can keep his enormous ego in check though, and will ask for a 100+ million dollar contract. For that, the Eagles will allow him to leave.

    Mark my words… Vick will NOT put up these kinds of numbers again, especially if he stays in the NFC East.

  21. svenhoek86 says: Jan 10, 2011 2:21 AM

    Why are people mad at this? The man wants to play, plain and simple. You don’t join the NFL to be a backup. He knows Vick will start next year, which is why he is trying to back out now and try to get some teams to give him a look. Good for him and good luck.

  22. natelan says: Jan 10, 2011 2:24 AM

    Kolb isn’t that great. But apparently, Vick isn’t God like everyone thought he was either.

    Time to go back to plan A. Swallow your pride and let Vick go. Kolb is young and looks like the next Aaron Rodgers. You set his career back a year by being greedy and selfish, but he claims to want to stay, he has a winning record and he’s under contract.

    Sure, that means Vick will start for another team next year, and he will be flashy and win a couple games with his feet for his new team and you will feel like a jealous ex-boyfriend and start to question your choice, but just remind yourself that young proven talent is better than old proven talent.

    You thought Vick was the missing piece. You thought Vick was going to win you your first Super Bowl. But you were wrong. In all honesty and hindsight, McNabb probably would have taken you further in the playoffs, so switching to Vick was a net loss, although it was an exciting affair.

    Switch to Kolb now.

  23. baseballstars says: Jan 10, 2011 3:44 AM

    He could always go to Tennessee, where Jeff Fisher would start and bench him for Kerry Collins.

  24. fonetiklee says: Jan 10, 2011 4:05 AM

    Dude’s under contract through 2011, but still I feel for the guy. He got totally usurped by Vick. Still, unless the Eagles get a great offer for him, he’s got another year warming that bench.

  25. pondbridge says: Jan 10, 2011 4:14 AM

    He’ll get a good deal because of this year’s imbalance between QB needs and draft talent: SF, Miami.

  26. michaeledits says: Jan 10, 2011 6:01 AM

    If I owned my Panthers I’d be throwing money at him like no rainmaker you’ve ever seen before.

  27. mmickute says: Jan 10, 2011 6:19 AM

    So the Eagles traded their second round pick away to the Cowgirls basically for : Kolb and Stew Bradley.

    Stew has been ok but has also gotten injured a few times now, while Kolb might not even warrant a second round pick at this point.

    I like Kolb a lot, but he has never had an opportunity to prove he is a decent QB in this league and it doesn’t look like he ever will. Personally I hope he is traded just so the Eagles can get some value from him.

  28. bbell21 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:28 AM

    Make fun of Kolb all you want, but he would look like Joe Montana compared to anything we have at QB Here in Charlotte, NC! Would you eagles guys be willing to part with Kolb to have Steve smith to put in the slot with Maclin and Jackson, Deangelo Williams go with Mccoy that would be a good 1-2 punch and perhaps a 3rd rounder. Does that sound like something the Eagles would take to deal Kolb in the final year of the deal? Because I know we would be willing to give that up for him! I am asking you Eagles fans because you know Reid and you team better than I ever would, I had heard 2 first rounders thats extreme and they will never get that for Kolb in the final year of his deal!

  29. greymares says: Jan 10, 2011 6:32 AM

    spend the Vick money on offensive linemen and defensive backs, and give the job to the Kolb/Kafka training camp winner.

  30. nogoodell says: Jan 10, 2011 6:53 AM

    Not sure why anyone worries about the money.. it wasn’t that much and it’s not their money

    The $ didn’t prevent Philly from signing anyone and actually made it easier to trade him because it was upfront $.

    Philly trades Kolb for a 1st or 2nd, gets a starting OG or CB it is good

  31. krow101 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:54 AM

    All this drama for another year of failure. Well done Eagles; well done.

  32. phillyfinsfan says: Jan 10, 2011 7:00 AM

    Overrated

  33. wallyhorse says: Jan 10, 2011 7:14 AM

    @mmickute:

    >>So the Eagles traded their second round pick away to the Cowgirls basically for : Kolb and Stew Bradley.>>

    >>Stew has been ok but has also gotten injured a few times now, while Kolb might not even warrant a second round pick at this point.>>

    Kolb may very well allow the Eagles to move up in the draft into the top 10. Assuming no lockout or Vick signing elsewhere, there will be several teams looking to get Kolb. As said upthread and noted elsewhere, Kolb and the Eagles own first rounder to the 49ers for their first and second round picks sounds about right. That would be a considerable net profit on the pick the Eagles traded to the Cowboys, getting to move up 14-16 spots in the first round AND getting a high second rounder as well.

  34. mikea311 says: Jan 10, 2011 7:15 AM

    if any GM trades more than a 6 rd pick for Kolb they should be fired. Look at Reid’s track record for trading QBs and you’ll see the Eagles made out like bandits. ALWAYS.

    The Eagles never trade anyone who is good, they only release the good players, but trades never ever work out for other teams.

  35. pastabelly says: Jan 10, 2011 7:20 AM

    Vick is always an injury waiting to happen. The eagles would be fools to deal Kolb.

  36. phinfan says: Jan 10, 2011 7:38 AM

    Doesnt he have a concussion on his record already?

  37. lawyermalloy says: Jan 10, 2011 7:45 AM

    At only 1.3 for next season, you’re stuck Kevin until the Vick experiment is complete!

  38. daddyb1gdrawz says: Jan 10, 2011 7:48 AM

    As a Dolfan there is no way in hell I would support trading for Kolb. Scenes from the AJ Feeley trade comes to mind. Same situation. Young QB that showed some promise in spot duty as the starter. If any team trades for him it better be in the west coast offense. I hope my Fins dont repeat the same mistake as years past.

  39. gbfanforever says: Jan 10, 2011 7:49 AM

    “Kolb would not have thrown that pick”

    You’re right, he would have thrown 3. The eagles didn’t lose because of Vick, he just didn’t win them the game.

  40. alewatcher says: Jan 10, 2011 7:50 AM

    Until Kolb plays a full season as a starter, you have no idea how good he actually is. Coming off the bench isn’t a good indicator for an inexperienced QB.

    @natelan: If McNabb was still the Eagles QB, they wouldn’t even have made the playoffs. There was a very good reason Reid dumped McNabb – he’s just not that good any more, and it was time to move on.

  41. camprobot says: Jan 10, 2011 7:53 AM

    Kolb picked apart the 1st seed falcons.

    Vick couldn’t beat the Vikings or the Packers.

    Never has a QB been more overrated than Michael Vick. He hasn’t had a good game since…. ?

  42. jimmy1smith says: Jan 10, 2011 7:56 AM

    Kolb is a competitive guy so you can hardly fault him for saying what he did. But for anybody who thinks the dog-killer sociopath is the answer at qB, Exhibit A is the last 6 games of this season. He got hit and hurt, had little success recognizing blitz packages, and blew up under pressure (Vikings and Packer games) when winning really meant something.

    And don’t discount karma, as long as any team employees Vick, bad things will follow.

  43. pastabelly says: Jan 10, 2011 8:04 AM

    7ftgriff says:
    Jan 10, 2011 12:58 AM
    Here is how this will go down.

    Eagles Trade Kolb and 23rd pick to 49ers for 7th pick in this years draft and 2nd rounder next yr

    We will look forward to seeing you in Red and Gold Next year Kevin Kolb

    ================================
    I’m waiting for the punchline. No team is going to give up a first round pick for Kolb. You may get a 2nd and 4th or a 5th.

  44. jimmysee says: Jan 10, 2011 8:13 AM

    Vikings need a QB.

  45. jmclarkent says: Jan 10, 2011 8:20 AM

    Pro’s – Kolb would not have thrown that pick in the end.

    Con’s – The score would have been 31 – 3 at that point.

  46. calloustongue says: Jan 10, 2011 8:27 AM

    A 1st for Kolb? Not freaking likely.

  47. mymorningstory says: Jan 10, 2011 8:35 AM

    Trade Vick to the Panthers for the 1st overall pick in the draft and keep Kolb.

    W/ the first overall pick, go out and get the best DE coming out in years.

  48. Jack Burton says: Jan 10, 2011 8:38 AM

    All that Vick hype and he’s the one that blew it in the end, perfect.

  49. flavordave says: Jan 10, 2011 8:46 AM

    I love Philly.

  50. richm2256 says: Jan 10, 2011 8:51 AM

    There’s a very simple solution that works in pretty much every other NFL city, Mr. Kolb:

    Out-perform the other quarterback.

    It’s kind of a novel idea, I get that, but keep watching the end of the Green Bay playoff game over and over for inspiration.

  51. wallyhorse says: Jan 10, 2011 9:00 AM

    Terpface wrote:

    >>I still think it would be in the Eagles best interest to sign him long term, and let Vick walk. Vicks play is cute and all, and is such a good story (please) but when hes pressured hes the same old Vick we saw in Atlanta.>>

    >>As far as Kolbs Qb rating, thats what happens when your coming off the bench smart guy. Had he started all season it probably would have been s different story>>

    Because of the number of teams looking for a Quarterback this off-season (provided a lockout doesn’t prevent trades), Kolb is probably more valuable at this point as a trading block as opposed to being kept and letting Vick walk. Also, there are quite a few who consider Mike Kafka (whom the Eagles took in the 4th round in 2010) to be a better long-term solution at Quarterback anyway, so the Eagles may be better off re-signing Vick and trading Kolb, as noted possibly with their first rounder to the 49ers for the 49ers 1st and 2nd round picks.

  52. abninf says: Jan 10, 2011 9:34 AM

    Running QB’s make good highlight film. When they aren’t hurt. Pocket passers win championships.

  53. baddegg says: Jan 10, 2011 9:40 AM

    I don’t understand why people are saying that someone is going to give a top 10 draft pick to the Eagles for Kolb and the 23rd pick? The Eagles have basically communicated that “he’s not good enough to start” so why would a team give up so much to get him. Sure he did fine last year filling in for McNabb, but when he had a chance to play this year, he was up and down at best. I know it’s harder coming off the bench, but it’s not like he’s shown himself to be the next Joe Montana.

    I think the Eagles are more likely to get a low 2nd or a 3rd round pick for him, honestly. It’s not like everyone is just lining deals with the sole purpose of making Philadelphia stronger. They are looking out for their own interests as well.

  54. chuckiesez says: Jan 10, 2011 9:46 AM

    Kolb can follow McNabb to D.C. Maybe they will sign him to be backup for Rex………

  55. lhaveprettyfeet says: Jan 10, 2011 9:57 AM

    Trade him to the Skins for a 2nd and 4th

  56. calloustongue says: Jan 10, 2011 10:40 AM

    Kolb is more likely to be remembered for the amount of turf stuck to his facemask after getting buried by CM3 than for any game winning performances!

  57. whoisgonnasing says: Jan 10, 2011 10:51 AM

    We’ve seen M Vick. He is who we thought he was. An exciting player who can make things happen. However, he’s not a championship level QB. Let’s be honest. He’s had many chances, and he’s not quite the complete package. Can this be argued.

    If the iggles want a championship, they sign him as a backup or release him and they find the next guy. Sorry.

  58. paulsmith107 says: Jan 10, 2011 11:03 AM

    Love how all the less intelligent football fans think Vick is a better choice than kolb incase you people hadn’t noticed when NFL teams were able to get up to date video on Vick NFL defenses had him rattled take away the last 8 minutes of that giant game and the eagles mainly that offense had nothing but confusion and in turn the team woulda ended the season 0 and 3 and one and done in the playoffs so keep Vick and you’ll be running that over rated turd outta town like you did with mcnabb

  59. moochzilla says: Jan 10, 2011 11:04 AM

    You cannot let Kolb go. For all we know Vick was a one-year guy and won’t be as effective next season. I’m not comfortable having him as the only long-term solution.

    Tough spot for Kolb, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

  60. kingbattle says: Jan 10, 2011 11:05 AM

    i say trade kolb for a high second round pick… get em outta here.. couldnt even put points up against the cowboys..

  61. moochzilla says: Jan 10, 2011 11:05 AM

    Oh, and when they go to 18 games and the QB’s are all on the IR by the closing stages, it’ll pay to have a solid backup to take your team into the playoffs.

  62. iggles20 says: Jan 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    I like how it’s “karma” that the Eagles lost in the first round this year for employing Vick. So um… wtf was the reason for all the other playoff losses under McNabb years prior?

    GMAFB. The Eagles lost because a dead Jim Johnson could outcoach Sean McDermott and the inability of the offensive line to do anything positive consistently. Sure Akers missed two FGs (inexcusable) but this doesn’t happen if Winston Justice does HIS job on that 3rd and 1 to Shady up the middle. Instead he stands there and let’s Clay come right inside of him and tackle McCoy.

    If Kolb wants to leave? Fine. I don’t blame him, though the timing is in poor taste. Trade him to the Dolphins or 49ers or Arizona. We need the draft picks and hopefully they won’t screw them up this year.

  63. tombrookshire says: Jan 10, 2011 11:50 AM

    From what I have seen, I don’t know if Kolb is any better than A.J. Feeley. He certainly didn’t impress in more than a backup role, since it takes Kolb at least two games to get his legs under him. That’s two too many when you are talking about taking the team to the next level. Vick has certainly elevated his play, but the Eagles need a defensive overhaul, with a new coordinator, or at least the help of John Fox or someone with more than two years experience.

  64. xofootballer says: Jan 10, 2011 11:54 AM

    If that had been Brett Farve throwing a playoff ending interception instead of mvp Vick you would never hear the end of it. But since it was mvp Vick all you will hear are mvp Vick excuses. I’m just glad mvp Vick is not in Atlanta anymore – we are still in the playoffs.

  65. really2011 says: Jan 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    cup1981 says:
    Jan 10, 2011 2:18 AM
    Kolb has an opportunity to be a solid starter. He hasn’t had the best of opportunities, nor the best of teachers [McNabb and Reid]. I believe he will be a decent starter somewhere, at some point in his career, he just needs the correct situation with the right coach. The Eagles thought enough of him to trade away the only good QB they have had since Cunningham. This means there is something there.

    ==================================
    Interesting that Kolb didn’t have a good teacher, considering Vick has played the best ever and credits Reid and McNabb in turning his preparation positive.

    Below are the 2nd Round QB’s in the last 10 years – other than Brees, there are a lot of failures.

    2000 Carmazzi, Redman
    2001 Brees, Quincy Carter, Tuiasosopo
    2002 McCown
    2003 Ragone, Simms
    2004 Schaub
    2005 Fye, Walter, Greene
    2006 Clemens, Tavaris Jackson, Whitehurst, Croyle
    2007 Kolb, Beck, Stanton, Trent Edwards
    2008 Brohm, Henne, O’Connell
    2009 White
    2010 Clausen, McCoy

  66. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    From the comments here Kolb is horribly overrated. You can’t blame his terrible stats on “coming off the bench” when, 1, he started the season as the Eagles starter and 2, he played a good chunk of games back to back. He was annointed to be starter and he lost the job because he struggled this season!

    Kolb had 7 interceptions in 189 attempts. Vick had 6 interceptions in 372 attempts. That’s twice as many interceptions per attempt. Vick finished 4th in the league as far as rating, earning a rating of 100.2. Kolb’s rating of 73.1 would have put him down at the bottom of the league, barely beating Brett Favre, Derek Anderson and Jimmy Clausen and being beaten by Chad Henne, Donovan McNabb, and Alex Smith.

    And those people blaming Vick on the playoff defeat, you really need to look elsewhere. Blame a coaching staff that never established the run while playing the Packers who all season were defenseless against the run (but had one of the best passing defenses in the league). Blame an offensive line that was manhandled all season (Football outsiders rank the Philadelphia Offensive line 28th in the league when it comes to pass protection). Vick is the QB that he was always supposed to be, it’s up to the rest of the Philadelphia team to step it up if they want to get past the first round of the playoffs.

  67. bleedgreen4life says: Jan 10, 2011 1:58 PM

    Eagles resign Vick, trade Kolb.
    Vick gets hurt in preseason.
    The Mike Kafka era begins.

  68. njpatrol says: Jan 10, 2011 2:48 PM

    Give Kolb an Offensive Line that can block and we don’t need a running QB !! Kolb has precision and poise (unlike the prior McNabb) We wasted so much on the slug Andrew’s bros. our “O” line was destroyed. That is why Vick was the choice to go to … so that eyes would be distracted from the poor performance of the O-Line that Andy of all people should have shored up !!! Kolb is the best choice for our future ! Move over Andy and give Gruden a shot !

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