I keep trying to come up with a positive spin on the Eagles thrashing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints (48-22) this afternoon — their home opener no less. The game marked the first* start by one-time heir-apparent Kevin Kolb, who started for a banged up Donovan McNabb.
Kolb throws for almost 400 yards!
Kolb tosses 2 TD passes in first start!
Jackson and Celek each have 100+ receiving games!
Well — truth be told, those leave you pretty empty when you head into halftime trailing 17-13, but thinking — we've done some good things, we can hang with these guys.
And then you open up the 3rd quarter with two turnovers in three plays that led to 14 Saint points. At that point, it was 31-13 and pretty much done. Sure, both team moved the ball up and down the field like it was a scrimmage in the 2nd half, but NO was essentially playing keep-away, never letting the Birdz close the gap to less than two TDs.
And so, what of Kevin Kolb? He most certainly had his best game as a pro (mostly because his others have been unmitigated disasters). He made some good throws, hung in under duress, and made some bad mistakes. He was what he is — and untested young QB that might be pretty good someday — maybe even good enough to lead a team to the playoffs. I doubt he'll get the chance in an Eagles uniform.
Well — the Eagles get a bit of a break — the KC Chiefs come to town for what better be a wipeout and then they get a bye which gives the Andy Reid brain trust plenty of time to figure out the McNabb-Vick-Kolb-Garcia QB situation. Good times.