Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kolb to get long leash Sunday

If you were hoping to get a glimpse of Jeff Garcia under center for the Eagles on Sunday, don't hold your breath.

If Donovan McNabb is unable to go, Kevin Kolb will get the start and play the entire game unless injured, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

“If Kevin starts the game, he’s our quarterback, it’s that simple,” Mornhinweg said. “I don’t know if I can be any more clear. I have great confidence in Kevin. “He’s got several strengths, got all the intangibles and he’s well versed, and so I would expect him to play at a pretty high level."

I'm not sure where all these optimism with Kolb is coming from. Granted we don't have a large sample size to study but his brief appearances have revealed a stunning lack of arm strength and poor field awareness.

Garcia also sports a weak arm but has a ton of experience and is a proven winner at this level.

The blind faith in Kolb seems to be rooted in ego. The Birds brass doesn't want to admit they made a mistake by drafting Kolb in the second round as the heir apparent to McNabb.

“It will be very difficult to get a good evaluation on the man in one game - it’s his first league start - however I would expect him to play very well," Morhinweg said. "There may be some ups and down in the game, but he’s strong mentally. We’ll see how good he does.”

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