NFL Season Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

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This season marks the beginning of a new era of Philadelphia Eagles football as they have finally decided to move without six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb by trading him to the rival Washington Redskins and go with promising young gunslinger Kevin Kolb under center.

Even though McNabb is still considered one of the best quarterbacks in the game, there is no question that the fans in Philly have been asking for his head over the past couple of years as their perennial Pro Bowl quarterback has failed to win a Super Bowl title as the leader of the Eagles franchise.

So despite having 11 successful years in Philly, McNabb has moved on to the nation’s capital to try his luck under two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan.

With McNabb no longer under center in Philly, the Eagles will try their luck with Kevin Kolb and even though he hasn’t started more than a couple games in his NFL career, a lot of people believe that he is the future face of the franchise and with great potential to lead this team to the promise land.

Last season Kevin Kolb was impressive in his two starts under center for the Philadelphia Eagles as he racked up Pro Bowl caliber
numbers with 741 yards and four touchdowns. These numbers may have been impressive and Kolb was able to lead the team to a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs in week three, but he did have a problem with his turnovers as he threw three interceptions against the New Orleans Saints.

Even though Kolb did struggle against the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, his two starts really impressed the Philadelphia Eagles brass and may have convinced head coach Andy Reid and company that now was the time to move Donovan McNabb and get some Kevin Kolb under center as their starter from here on out.

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Along with Kevin Kolb being their number one guy under center, the Philadelphia Eagles have arguably the best backup quarterback in the league in former NFL MVP Michael Vick. Some people say that he has lost a step or two after serving 18 months in jail for his role in a dog fighting ring, but the more time he gets under center, the more he is starting to look like his old self again.

Obviously, the Eagles have decided that Kolb is their new starting quarterback, but if he starts to struggle in the regular season and there is a good chance that he might, Andy Reid won’t hesitate to get Vick under center.

Needless to say, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the middle of a transition phase right now and the upcoming regular season could go one of two ways as they might struggle to compete with the best of the best in the NFC Conference or they could be much improved and give the Dallas Cowboys a run for their money in the NFC East division.

No matter what happens this year, the consensus around the league is that the Philadelphia Eagles will be much improved in the near future, but the timeline is uncertain.

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