QB Kevin Kolb - Free Agent
|6-3, 230||Born: 8-24-1984||College: Houston||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2007|
2012 Week 1 vs SEA (6 / 8 / 66 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kolb came in with 8:18 to play and a chance to be a hero. He not only did that, but he probably earned the starting job next week regardless of the status of Skelton's ankle. Kolb was decisive and in rhythm as he led the Cardinals 68 yards in 4 minutes on an array of impressive throws. His timing on a 23 yard slant to Fitzgerald was impeccable but not as impressive as his accuracy on the touchdown pass to Roberts. He had to put good zip on the ball with Roberts running an out under tight coverage, and the ball was thrown exactly where it had to be. This was the Kevin Kolb Arizona thought they were getting two years ago.
2012 Week 2 vs NE (15 / 27 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 1 rush)
Kolb had excellent pocket protection all day, though he often seemed to scramble before he needed to. He led his team to the win, but neither his numbers or his play were particularly inspiring. Especially worrisome is his lack of effectiveness with his wide receivers. He frequently targeted TE Todd Heap, until Heap was injured late in the game. Kolb's first deep attempt was to Fitzgerald, but he overthrew; another deep throw was ahead of Heap, that could have been a touchdown. And not much else went far downfield. Kolb's TD pass was a quick dart near the goalline to Roberts, and he ran one in on a QB sneak - from the 6 yard line. The fact that he's not afraid to make things happen under pressure is good for his team, but usually not productive for his stat line.
2012 Week 3 vs PHI (17 / 24 / 222 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb had an efficient day against his former team, at least for one day outperforming the man who replaced him in Philadelphia. He started the day off strong, completing his first 3 passes as he led Cardinals to a field goal. The Cardinals plan for Kolb was conservative, as their passing plays were short by design. The majority of Kolb's 222 passing yards came on yards after the catch. This plan helped negate a strong pass rush by the Eagles' defense that harassed Kolb at times. Kolb also benefited from a lucky bounce on his first TD pass of the day, as his pass to Michael Floyd easily could have been intercepted. Demeco Ryans and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Eagles both had a shot at the interception but failed to come up with it. Unlike his Eagle counterpart, Kolb made his deep attempt count, finding a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald for a 37-yard TD pass. With a 24 point lead to begin the 2nd half, Kolb turned into a game manager, attempting only 5 passes on 8 pass plays in the half. He added 16 rushing yards, most of them coming on a 14 yard scramble.
2012 Week 4 vs MIA (29 / 48 / 324 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Outside of two terrible interceptions thrown to Sean Smith, Kevin Kolb did everything that the Cardinals could have asked of him in this game. Based on his general play, Kolb is not being limited by the Cardinals coaching staff because of his own ability but more because of the team's porous offensive line. The Dolphins finished the game with eight sacks and were able to consistently get pressure on Kolb unless he let the ball go quickly. The Cardinals were willing to let Kolb do that and based most of their offense around his short throws. Kolb was linking well with Larry Fitzgerald while doing enough with the team's other receivers to prevent the defense from focusing solely on him. The Cardinals were relatively conservative on offense until Kolb led a two minute drill well at the end of the second quarter. That is, well up until he made a terrible decision and throw to Sean Smith for an interception. Kolb did the one thing he hadn't done all game and zoned in on Fitzgerald. Kolb had to repeatedly use his athleticism to escape pressure that would have added numbers to the team's eight given up sacks. On 3rd and Eight, Kolb escaped to his right as pressure pushed his offensive line backwards. Running to his right he threw across his body to Larry Fitzgerald for the first down. Kolb went straight back to Fitzgerald on a quick slant pass for another first down. Just as he was getting up a head of steam, he was sacked on two plays in a row to start the fourth quarter. The Cardinals opened the following drive with a max protection formation that allowed Kolb to throw a dart to Rob Housler down the seam for 33 yards. He followed up that pass with a perfect deep throw down the right side of the field for a touchdown to a wide open Andre Roberts. The stutter-start approach continued however as Kolb again threw a terrible interception to Sean Smith in the endzone on a rollout. The Cardinals rolled the pocket to avoid any sacks or turnovers and give Kolb an easy read. Kolb was supposed to either throw it to an open Fitzgerald, or throw the ball away. Instead he threw it to Smith who had knocked Fitzgerald out of bounds. It's a play a rookie would be berated for making, never mind a veteran. Kolb did throw three touchdown passes. Two went to Andre Roberts. Both passes were relatively wide open, but good throws at critical points. His other touchdown was a well run screen pass at the goalline to Larry Fitzgerald.
2012 Week 5 vs STL (28 / 50 / 289 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
An ineffective running game led to Kolb throwing 50 passes in this game, and he was also sacked 9 times. Kolb himself was hit-and-miss, at times looking very sharp. But as he was often facing intense pressure, which gave him a bit of an itchy trigger finger, which led to many passes being off target. The silver lining is that he was bold with his throws - his willingness to throw into coverage shows that he trusts his talented wideouts, who usually come through for him. Kolb's Achilles heel, however, was his lack of accuracy on deep passes. In the first half, long passes to Roberts and Fitzgerald easily could have been scoring plays, but the ball was just a bit off target. The end result was a game in which Kolb didn't look terrible, but he couldn't string a drive together, either. And the mounting pressure from the defense was clearly a contributing factor, causing errant and hurried throws. One example of this is the choice to rush the throw to Fitzgerald on 4th & goal, though he was only at the 5 yard line, with no chance of getting into the end zone. Late in the game, Kolb found TE Rob Housler for a few decent gains, so with three strong receiving options there is much potential going forward - but not if the offensive line can't protect him.
2012 Week 6 vs BUF (14 / 26 / 128 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 66 / 0 rush)
Kolb and the Arizona passing offense really struggled to get things going on Sunday, going one for his first four and getting sacked twice, including a safety. Going play action on his first throw, Kolb looked frantic, rushing to get the ball out and missed a completely uncovered Jeff King over the middle. It feels like Kolb makes decisions pre-snap and then doesn't react to the play, but instead works off his pre-snap decision. In the midst of the early struggles, however, Kolb had one of his nicer throws of the game. On 3rd down, Kolb hit Michael Floyd on a pretty touch pass. With the entire Bills' defensive line standing, confusion ensued for Arizona's offensive line and Marcell Dareus was left unblocked right up the middle and into Kolb's face. Kolb stood to the pressure and laid a perfect pass out for Floyd. Unfortunately for the Cards, old Kolb promptly returned three plays later as he held on to the ball for entirely too long and took a sack. Coincidentally (or not), the Cardinal offense finally got going as Larry Fitzgerald caught his first pass on the 5th drive. With a collapsing pocket, Kolb stepped up and delivered a strike to Fitzgerald for a 16-yard gain on 3rd down. Kolb would again go back to Fitzgerald in the red zone, finding him on a crosser for the nine-yard TD. Unexpectedly, it was Kolb's scrambling that helped Arizona on their next scoring drive. After a nice throw on 3rd down to TE Rob Housler off his back foot for a first down and another conversion after an eight-yard pass to Fitzgerald, the Cardinals found themselves facing a 1st and 20 after a holding call. Kolb was able to get outside the pocket and get 15 of the 20 yards with his feet, but even more importantly get back into FG range after the penalty had knocked them out. A bad drop from Andre Roberts stalled the drive, but Arizona retook the lead on a FG. The next drive Kolb was able to scramble for another 30 yards (a run of 18 and another of 12). While the Cardinals were forced to punt, it did flip the field position in Arizona's favor. After a nice play action pass to Roberts for 16 yards, bad pre-snap Kolb returned. From the snap Kolb stared King down as he sat in the middle of the field. Able to read Kolb's eye from the snap, Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd attacked the pass, stepping in front of King for the INT. It was a horrible throw by Kolb, who never looked off the safety and allowed Byrd to work from opposite side of the field, well behind the play all the way down to the short route. Arizona managed to get the ball back and Kolb's first play showed no after-affects of the poor INT. Kolb hit Fitzgerald on a nice back shoulder throw for 15 yards. Kolb wiped away a 1st and 20 with his next play, a 22-yard scramble where he almost instantly took off after the snap (seeing the defense was in man coverage). Kolb wouldn't be able to finish the game, however, as injury took him from the game the very next play. Statistically Kolb struggled throwing the ball, but it is never easy to get into a rhythm when faced with constant pressure (Kolb was sacked five times and hurried many others).
2011 Week 1 vs CAR (18 / 27 / 309 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb impressed in his debut with the Cardinals, maintaining very good pocket awareness throughout the game and delivering the football with accuracy to his targets. Kolb got the ball out quickly when he located an open receiver, allowing them to make yards after the catch. The Panthers pass rush forced Kolb to step up and roll out of the pocket on many occasions, but this was one of the more impressive facets of his game. He kept his eyes downfield in these situations and fired strikes to receivers. His patience was evident on many passing plays as he went through his progressions with a solid pocket protecting him for most of the game. Kolb tossed his first touchdown pass as a Cardinal when TE Jeff King came free down the field after Kolb had rolled right and away from a potential sack. King sauntered in the end zone, wide open and unopposed. His second touchdown pass came when the Panthers sent an all-out blitz, leaving man coverage in the secondary. The single high safety on the play took a bad angle as Kolb fired quickly to Early Doucet. Doucet made him miss a tackle and turned on the speed to score a 70 yard touchdown. On a key third down late in the game, with the Cardinals backed up against their own goal line, Kolb lofted a lovely pass into the thankful hands of Larry Fitzgerald for a sizeable gain. It was a very solid debut from the former Eagle.
2011 Week 2 vs WAS (17 / 30 / 251 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kolb had an underwhelming start due to the Redskins controlling the ball for most of the first half, but impressed when he was on the field. It seems that he is still finding his way with his new team, and it showed as he made better decisions as the game wore on. An example of this is his choice to force the ball to Andre Roberts over the middle, throwing just a bit high; this is a play that Larry Fitzgerald may have made -- but thrown to a receiver who is not as skilled in that area, the pass was intercepted. Kolb's safety outlet was an often open Jeff King, who could be a nice sleeper at TE going forward if that trend continues. Once Kolb found success in the shorter game, passing to his TE's, he was finally able to get the ball to Fitzgerald in open space with regularity, capping it with a perfect throw as his star receiver somehow managed to get behind the secondary for a 73 yard score. One big red flag to mention: the Cardinals had a lot of trouble picking up the blitz. Luckily for Kolb (and his fantasy owners), his accuracy under pressure and on the run is exceptional.
2011 Week 3 vs SEA (25 / 39 / 252 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Kolb started off well, but after some early success the Seahawks and their "12th man" made his day a frustrating one. Kolb displayed his trademark accuracy early on, hooking up with Larry Fitzgerald down the sideline for a 28 yard gain, despite a little rain. The duo would follow that up with a few more easy looking catches, and cap it with a miraculous looking touchdown. On the play, Kolb took the snap at the 12 yard line, then back-pedaled under pressure, finally throwing from beyond the 25. He lofted it up to a double covered Fitzgerald, who picked it out of the air with ease. It looked like it could be a good day for Kolb, but a few factors combined to shut down the Cardinals passing game from that point on. First, he did not spread the ball around, it was Fitzgerald or bust, it seemed, and guess what - the Seahawks caught on. Second was the running game. Backups Taylor and Smith struck no fear in the hearts of anyone, so the Seahawks were able to key on the pass without suffering losses to the ground game. And third, Kolb made mistakes and he paid for them. On the first drive, he got lucky when an interception was called back on a penalty; but despite his ability to mix up his throws - zipping it in at times, while showing a lighter touch when needed - he made a couple of poor decisions, which resulted in his two interceptions. On the first one, in the final seconds of the half, a great play was made by the defender, but on the second (on a potential comeback drive) he threw to a covered Todd Heap while he clearly had better options. Kolb still looked like a good quarterback - he ran the no huddle offense well, got the ball in the hands of his most dangerous target, and adapted well when they shut him down, throwing to his tight ends and running backs more often. But without a strong running game to take the heat off the passing game, it wasn't enough.
2011 Week 4 vs NYG (20 / 34 / 237 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb had a fumble early in the game as his LT was beaten off the ball for an easy strip sack which seemed to have gotten into the head of Kolb for the rest of the game. Kolb would roll out of the pocket and run into pressure on a lot of pass plays and threw a lot of incompletions as a result. Kolb "saw ghosts" and was skittish in the pocket for a lot of this game. Kolb knows his money maker however - Fitzgerald, and got tried to get the ball to him as much as possible. Kolb threw several prayers up to Fitzgerald hoping his man would come down with the ball. On the first attempt, Fitzgerald simply took the ball away from NYG S Grant and made a play. On the second attempt, Kolb failed to see the Safety later in the game and was easily picked off by former ARI S Rolle. Kolb dealt poorly with pressure and nonexistent pressure in which he dropped back too far to be able to make a play. Kolb was not clutch either as he failed to convert on 4th and short late in the game which sealed the Giants victory.
2011 Week 5 vs MIN (21 / 42 / 232 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Terrible. There is no other word to describe it. Kolb looked TERRIBLE in this game. Lost and under pressure, holding the ball too long, forcing it into coverage, check downs to TE and #3 receivers. Everyone talks about how little time Kolb had to develop as a free agent and how he will get better over time. Will more time teach him to throw the ball instead of push it? Will it help him stop forcing the ball into coverage? Will it teach him to not throw a ball that is tipped at the line? Highly doubtful. Kolb finished with two INTS in this game and he could have had two or three more. He failed to get the ball into his best receiver Larry Fitzgerald for most of the game, and frequently checked down to Early Doucet and TE's Jeff King and Rob Housler. His one defense may be that he was under pressure for the entire game because the line couldn't stop the relentless pass rush from the Vikings. He was replaced by Bartel on the final series after going his second week without a TD pass. He'll probably be the starting QB for Arizona after the bye, but the brutal schedule makes him a lousy fantasy play for the next several weeks.
2011 Week 7 vs PIT (18 / 34 / 272 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Kolb had one of those games where the statistics didn't match how he actually played. The interception wasn't totaly his fault, but many throws that ended in incompletions were. On the interception, his pass was slightly high and was tipped into the waiting hands of free safety Ryan Clark. Later in the first quarter, he overthrew Larry Fitzgerald, and the ball hit Troy Polamalu right in the chest before falling incomplete. It was a rare drop for Polamalu, but one of a few bad throws by Kolb. After his TD pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling, the rest of the third quarter seemed to really zap Kolb of any rhythm. Pittsburgh followed that touchdown with a 5+ minute touchdown drive of its own. Then, Arizona ran one play, which resulted in a safety. Pittsburgh then had a drive of over seven minutes result in a field goal. Once Kolb finally got back on the field, he looked shaky and was inaccurate. He faced serious pressure all day, which affected his footwork in a very negative way. His "happy feet" led to rushed decisions and some desperation back-foot throws that didn't look good. His 6/8 and touchdown on the team's final drive was standard garbage time production. When the game was close, he simply didn't do enough to lead his team.
2011 Week 8 vs BAL (10 / 21 / 153 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Kolb's very first drop-back was a microcosm of his afternoon on the whole. He was chased around by the Baltimore defense, hit in the backfield, and fumbled. Fortunately for him, Arizona recovered the ball, but it was a sign of things to come. He never had much time to throw all game long, turning it over once, coming close on several other occasions, and being sacked six times. Even on the plays he wasn't under pressure, he seemed to get a bit skittish and rush things a bit anyway. To completely contradict that statement, he also held the ball far too long on many plays. So it was really the worst of both worlds for him. His long turnover came early in the second quarter when he was hit as he threw. The ball popped up in the air and over the middle for an easy interception, and was the result of holding it for too long. But the near-turnovers may have been even worse plays than the actual turnover. He was nearly picked off rolling out to his right trying to force one into traffic to Larry Fitzgerald early on. In the second half, Kolb should have been picked for a pick-6 by Ray Lewis, but Lewis had the ball bounce off his hands for an incompletion. Soon afterwards, he was stripped of the ball while scrambling but he managed to recover the ball himself. And finally, he was bailed out of an interception by Ed Reed when the Ravens were whistled for a pass interference penalty. Though it may seem like it, the game wasn't all bad for Kolb. He fired a bullet over the middle to WR Larry Fitzgerald in stride that resulted in a 66-yard completion and a near-touchdowns. And Kolb's touchdown pass to WR Early Doucet was a perfectly thrown bullet to the back shoulder for an easy score. But even some of his good plays featured some negativity. He made a great pass off his back foot early on to Doucet that resulted in a first down, but he was shaken up on the play and got up limping. While he did finish the game, he was seen in a walking boot afterwards and will be re-evaluated during the week.
2011 Week 13 vs DAL (16 / 25 / 247 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Kolb was merely adequate in his return from a turf toe injury that saw him miss four games. He did a good job working in the pocket, but looked rusty on a lot of throws. His inaccuracy in the first half cost the Cardinals on the scoreboard as drive after drive stalled before it began. The Cardinals also started out deep in their own territory several times, which didn't help matters any. After being shut out in the first half, Kolb started out well after halftime, hooking up with Larry Fitzgerald twice with passes that were right on the money. He turned up the intensity a notch as well, scrambling without fear and gaining a crucial extra few yards when he could. The winning play, in overtime, was a screen pass in which LaRod Stephens-Howling did most of the work, but Kolb executed it perfectly. Worth noting is that behind Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts saw the ball a lot; something that was not the case with Kolb at the helm earlier in the season.
2011 Week 14 vs SF (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kolb suffered a head injury very early in the game, fumbling the ball on the play. He was replaced by John Skelton.
2010 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 10 / 24 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb was under pressure from the start as the Green Bay Packers were on him quickly, forcing Kolb to move around in and out of the pocket and to throw on the run. The Eagles were not helping him much as the offensive line blocked poorly and Andy Reid was sending in Michael Vick to quarterback about once every 3-4 plays. Kolb struggled as a passer, completing just 5 of 10 attempts but the bigger concern was his getting tackled from behind in the second quarter. Kolb's head slammed into the ground and gave him a concussion, forcing him out of the game at halftime. Kolb is very questionable to play next week at Detroit as the Eagles and the NFL will try and protect Kolb's long term health.
2010 Week 4 vs WAS (22 / 35 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb entered the game after Michael Vick suffered a chest injury on a tackle down near the Washington goal line at the end of the first quarter. Kolb did not look comfortable in the pocket all day. He often looked at his first read and if that player was covered he would dump the ball off to RB LeSean McCoy. McCoy would end Week 4 with 12 receptions and FB Owen Schmitt added three more, epitomizing the short passing game that Kolb was giving Philadelphia. Kolb was not reading the open receivers well behind an offensive line that committed multiple breakdowns and holding penalties. Kolb did not play well and looked like he was not ready for the surprise game action as he was more about getting rid of the ball as quickly as possible instead of finding open targets down the field. If Vick is out for Week 5, Kolb will have all the reps in practice to get ready for a trip to San Francisco.
2010 Week 5 vs SF (21 / 31 / 253 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb looked great for the Eagles, leading the offense to a 27-24 victory over the 49ers on the road on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Kolb completed 21 out of 31 passes including his first nine attempts, finding Jeremy Maclin often down the field and also eluding consistent pressure from San Francisco. Kolb's signature play on the night was one where he should have been sacked yet avoided the tackle, rolled out right and threw to TE Brent Celek who fought his way in for the score. Kolb looked comfortable leading the offense after a full week of practice and should continue to improve as the season wears on.
2010 Week 6 vs ATL (23 / 29 / 326 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb played close to a perfect game in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons, completing almost all of his pass attempts for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Kolb connected with both DeSean Jackson (34 yards) and Jeremy Maclin (83 yards) deep while also finding Maclin on a beautiful comeback route at the front of the end zone. Kolb looked very comfortable running the offense in the pocket and taking advantage of play action. His only interception came on a tipped pass intended for TE Brent Celek (who also dropped an easy catch). The Eagles are in capable hands with either Kolb or Michael Vick under center, which is part of the concern now. The Eagles have one more game (at Tennessee) before their Week 8 bye, so Kolb may get one more start before Vick is deemed 100% ready to go - and then the real controversy begins.
2010 Week 7 vs TEN (26 / 48 / 231 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb threw 48 times against the Tennessee Titans in a game that slipped away from the Eagles. Kolb struggled in the wind, leaving several passes up for grabs and getting one deep ball easily picked off. His biggest pass play came on a trick play where Kolb lined up wide, took a toss from WR Jeremy Maclin and then hit Riley Cooper deep where Cooper had to make a very athletic play to catch the ball and also prevent an interception. Kolb tried to rally the team for a comeback effort after Kenny Britt took over for the Titans and seized control of the contest, but Kolb could not get the job done. His final throw of the game was intercepted and run back for a meaningless touchdown, but Kolb's fate was sealed by a good Tennessee defense. Between his inaccuracy and not having DeSean Jackson, Kolb is nearly certain to be demoted after the Week 8 bye to once again be the backup for Michael Vick against the Colts in Week 9.
2010 Week 17 vs DAL (18 / 36 / 162 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb started for the Eagles in Week 17 as Philadelphia, locked in as the third seed and the NFC East Champions, gave Michael Vick the day off. Kolb struggled with backups at most every position, not just at the skill positions of running back, wide receiver and tight end but also along the offensive line. Kolb was either hit hard or flushed from the pocket often as DeMarcus Ware tormented him all afternoon. Kolb was able to complete some short passes to WR Chad Hall and even connected with Hall for a long 48-yard throw in the fourth quarter, but drops by TE Clay Harbor and turnovers cost Kolb any chance of a win. Kolb was at fault several times on his own, finishing with three interceptions including two bad decisions to force the ball into traffic (a third INT came on a Hail Mary just before halftime). Kolb tried to scramble in the second quarter but did not protect the ball, which was stripped and returned by Ware for the only Dallas touchdown in the first half. Kolb's only touchdown pass came on the first play of the second quarter where he bought time in the pocket until he found Hall open in the back of the end zone for the score. It would be unfair to judge Kolb based on this performance, but his two interceptions were not encouraging. His ability to buy time in the pocket and also withstand a big pass rush should be noteworthy for his future value in the NFL, either in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
2009 Week 1 vs CAR (7 / 11 / 23 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Kolb entered the game after Donovan McNabb was injured in the third quarter. The game was mostly well in hand as the Eagles had a 28 point lead, but Philadelphia still wanted to get him in the mix and move the offense. Kolb threw 11 times in relief of McNabb, but only amassed 23 yards passing despite seven completions. He did not look downfield much at all, settling for short targets to TE Brent Celek or RB LeSean McCoy on several of his attempts. Only once did he look beyond 20 yards (to WR DeSean Jackson) but it was well off target. Should Kolb have to go in as a spot starter for Week 2 it could be a challenge for the Eagles to look for deeper throws, but if Andy Reid continues to use a West Coast Offense style of offense then Kolb only needs to be accurate and hit his receivers in stride for yards after the catch. Kolb looked to be serviceable as a backup and spot starter but not one many fantasy owners would enjoy going to for a big statistical game.
2009 Week 2 vs NO (31 / 51 / 391 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kolb did all he could to keep the Eagles in the game in Week 2 against a powerful Saints offense. Few would have believed that Kolb would have 391 yards passing and two touchdowns in his first NFL start, but the young QB looked very good against the Saints. He started strong by hitting DeSean Jackson deep for a 71 yard touchdown on the first offensive possession for Philadelphia, and then he kept the chains moving all day. Kolb relied heavily on his good friend TE Brent Celek, who led the Eagles in receptions, targets and yardage. Kolb threw an amazing 51 times and with a tipped pass and his final desperation throw both going for interceptions, his three picks thrown were forgivable. Kolb likely will start next week against Kansas City as the Eagles get Week 4 off for their bye, affording Donovan McNabb extra rest.
2009 Week 3 vs KC (24 / 34 / 327 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Kevin Kolb became the first NFL quarterback ever to top 300 yards passing in his first two NFL starts. Kolb looked poised in the pocket, unaffected by the absence of both Kevin Curtis and Brian Westbrook in the backfield. Kolb went to work by connecting several times with DeSean Jackson, including a strike over the middle to him in stride so that he could make his quick moves and elude the defense for a 64-yard touchdown. Kolb heads back to the bench after the Week 4 bye but if McNabb goes down again the Eagles should have high confidence of his ability to step in and lead the offense.
2009 Week 5 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb returned to the bench in Week 5 after Donovan McNabb returned to health after the bye week. Still a capable starter and with a nice upside for the future, Kolb is a valuable QB but only as a handcuff to McNabb in very deep QB leagues.
2009 Week 13 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kevin Kolb came in late in the game to run out the clock and secure the one-sided victory for the Eagles. He did not attempt a pass.
2008 Week 1 vs STL (5 / 6 / 53 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Kolb came into the game with about nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the score completely out of reach. Coach Andy Reid was clearly protecting his starter McNabb as there was nothing left to play for. Kolb continued right were McNabb had left off. He was accurate on his passes, most of them being of the short and high percentage variety.
2008 Week 12 vs BAL (10 / 23 / 73 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
There were whispers all week that Kolb might soon see some time under center for the Eagles. It's doubtful that anyone, including Kolb, thought it would come this soon against a tough Baltimore defense. Nonetheless, come the third quarter of today's game with the score still close (10-7 Baltimore) and the Eagles' season in the balance, Kolb took over as QB for the ineffective Donovan McNabb. Unfortunately, Kolb was only the slightest of improvements over McNabb. While he completed his first pass attempt, a short toss to TE Brent Celek, Kolb's next five fell incomplete (most of them because he was leaving them short). His next pass was even worse as he was intercepted by Baltimore's Samari Rolle. On that interception, Kolb tried to hit WR Kevin Curtis, but Curtis was well-covered and again, the ball was underthrown. Kolb finally seemed to find his rhythm on the Eagles' second possession in the fourth quarter as he went five for six for 53 yards - almost exclusively to WR DeSean Jackson -- but then, as he tried to force the ball to Jackson in the end zone to complete the drive, he overlooked Baltimore safety Ed Reed, lurking nearby. One interception and 108 yards later, Baltimore had seven more points. Kolb would complete only three of his final ten pass attempts after that second interception. In short, Kolb was presented with a very difficult situation - taking over the QB job from the face of the Eagles franchise midway through a game against one of the best defenses in the NFL. While Kolb certainly failed to rise to the challenge, should he get the start next week it may be a better indication of what he is truly capable of.
2008 Week 15 vs CLE (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Kolb came in when the Eagles were up big and immediately threw a pick-6. He handed the ball off in all but one of the remaining plays.