Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Kolb’

Week 10: Eagles-Cardinals Preview

November 11th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 2 Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

This week was supposed to be the sudden homecoming for Kevin Kolb, instead of getting the main course Eagles fans will be treated to a side dish of John Skelton. It is just what the Eagles need after suffering what was the toughest loss of the season Monday night against the Bears. While there can be debate over this, Philadelphia had to win that game Monday night after the Giants took care of business against the Patriots. The playoff mountain may have dumped an avalanche on the Eagles last week, but they will hold onto their rope for at least one more week.

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Eagles Offense vs. Arizona Defense

Coming into the season it was well documented how bad the Cardinals secondary could be this season and so far they have lived up to that bill. They are currently 28th (389.8 yds) in total team defense with the breakdown of pass/run per game being this: 29th (272.0 yds)/16th (117.5 yds). Perhaps the worst stat of all when looking at the Cardinals defense is that they have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns, which puts them tied for dead last in the league. So what does this mean for the Eagles? Pound the football and make smart throws.

I believe that the Eagles will have a similar game plan to what we saw against the Cowboys, with possibly a tad more emphasis on the deep ball. DeSean Jackson desperately needs to catch a deep ball to get his confidence going. Right now it just looks like he is doubting his ability to catch the football, he just needs to relax and remember what brought him to the dance. Game breaking speed in the open field. Don’t forget about Jeremy Maclin, he will line up across from A.J Jefferson who has had problems defending the pass all year long. He was dominated by Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, and Hakeem Nicks.


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NFL 2011 Week 5 Preview and Predictions

October 7th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on NFL 2011 Week 5 Preview and Predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

The theme for the first quarter of this year’s season is comebacks. Whether it is a team that was once written off completely or a team that is down by 20 points going into the second half, if you love a good comeback story there is plenty for you to like so far. These comebacks have put the NFL in an alternate universe that has the Lions at 4-0 and the Eagles at 1-3. Weird, yes, exciting for sure. Change is a good thing just ask anyone in the Detroit or Buffalo area.

This is the first week in which teams have off and teams like the Dolphins and Rams desperately need the week off not only to get healthy, but to reevaluate the aspects of the game that they need to improve on if they want to actually win some games this year. Speaking of winning I got off on a better foot last week going 13-3 (I did not get a chance to write an Eagles preview, but was going to pick the Birds in a rout, gotta stop doing that.) Let’s break down this week’s games.

New Orleans @ Carolina Panthers 1:00pm

This has the potential to be a sneaky good game. Every time that you think Cam Newton is going to have a dud he goes out there and puts up stats that are mind boggling for a rookie. Last week in Chicago he went 27/46 for 374 yards and a touchdown, he also ran for two more scores. This is a guy that you have to watch on every play because he just always seems to have a knack for making a big play. After one week of coming back down close to Earth, Steve Smith shot right back up into space with an eight catch 181 yard performance. This is a team that has two running backs who are more than capable of carrying the load, but the game plan is clear. Throw the ball down the field, which they should be able to do against the 19th ranked pass defense of the Saints.

Drew Brees and co. have been a model of consistency that can only be rivaled by the Packers. The Saints can move the ball down the field in ways that the defense can’t fathom until they sit down to look at the plays in film. Drew Brees makes all of those no name receivers look like pro bowlers. You just never know where the ball is going to go, except you better start accounting for Jimmy Graham. He has become Brees’ favorite target in the red zone and for good reason. He has three touchdowns in the red zone this year and is coming off of a 10 catch 132 yard performance against Jacksonville.


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2011 NFL Week 3 Preview & Predictions

September 22nd, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

With two weeks under the belt, the 2011 NFL season has looked more like a 7 on 7 two hand touch game. That’s not to take away from the great drama that has taken place on the gridiron especially in prime time, but the offensive explosion is just flat out crazy at this point. Tom Brady is on pace for a 7,500 yard season, Cam Newton (CAM NEWTON!) is on pace for just over a 6,800 yard season. Obviously both will come back down to earth, Brady maybe not as quickly, but still we are in store for a memorable and a very unpredictable season. Who would have thunk that the Bills would be 2-0? The Chiefs would have been this unlucky/bad and that the Lions would have lived up to the hype? I’m going to do my best to predict this weeks games.

Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars
1:05 pm

The battle of the two expansion teams in 96′ comes full circle as both franchises will be starting rookie QBs. Jaguars QB Blane Gabbert will be making his first NFL start. He saw some action last week in the 4th quarter against the Jets in what was a blowout, so obviously we didn’t get to see what Gabbert had to offer. After a full week of preparation he will be ready to go. This really should be his third start, beginning the season with Luke McCown behind center. The safety valve that is known as Maurice Jones Drew will be used often in the Jags attack, but don’t be surprised to see Gabbert air the ball out early. The Panthers have given up the 7th most yards through the air this season.

Cam Newton gets his chance to try and go for a third consecutive 400 yard game and he might come close. It might be only a small sample, but the Jags have been very tough against the run so far (5th in the NFL) and average against the pass. Carolina has shown that they are obviously not afraid of airing it out and I expect them to do just that early and often. This game will be a fun shootout that will have fantasy football owners buzzing.

I’m taking Carolina 35-27, we have seen that Cam Newton can be a productive passer in the league and that question mark lingers above Gabbert. The Panthers may go down early, but Newton will be able to bail them out.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 1:05 PM


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Why keeping Kevin Kolb might just be the best option for the Eagles

July 12th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Why keeping Kevin Kolb might just be the best option for the Eagles | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Perhaps the most sought after offensive player in the trade market going into the offseason of the 2011-12 NFL season is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Before the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs in the wild card round by the Super Bowl winning Packers, the rumors of where Kolb would be next season began to swirl.

The 2010-11 season was going to be the turning point for the Eagles franchise. Donovan Mcnabb was no longer dressing in midnight green on Sundays and Kevin Kolb was going to lead the new direction. Then something happened that no one expected.

The Mike Vick Experience reopened.

It was fantastic theater to watch. From the Monday Night dominance against the Redskins, to the Miracle at the New Meadowlands in week 15 against the Giants, almost every week there was a highlight of the night that involved the Eagles. At one point in time they were the hottest team in the league. Analysts from every possible outlet were asking the question who can stop the Eagles?

Well come to find out it wasn’t anyone else that stopped the Eagles, it was an implosion from within. The Eagles offense became very stale. The opposing defenses figured out that if you could take the big plays away from Vick and co. they would not be able to function as a cohesive unit. The Eagles offense thrived on the home run like passes that acted as game changers, but as they did that they moved away from the staples of the West Coast offense that the team is supposedly built around.


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Kolb To Get Starting Job

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Kolb To Get Starting Job | Filed in Eagles, Football

Unfortunately, it won’t be with the Eagles. The former second round pick will no doubt be moved as soon as the lock out is lifted and a new collective bargaining agreement has been signed. The deal is probably already in place as the Eagles are rumored to be looking at another troublesome quarterback to back up the reformed Michael Vick. While not as drastic a rehab project, the QB the Eagles are targeting is former Titans field general, Vince Young. It would be interesting to see Vince Young and Albert Haynesworth, both former Tennessee Titans, be recruited by the Eagles new defensive line coach, and former Titans defensive line coach, Jim Washburn. As we have read, the Eagles have an “aggressive plan” in place once free agency starts, so this should be interesting and soon.

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Part 1 of 2011 Eagles Offseason: Free Agency

June 28th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Part 1 of 2011 Eagles Offseason: Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, Football

Now this might be a little premature, but it is looking more and more like the NFL lockout will be resolved within a couple weeks. There have been rumors flying around of a July14th-15th end to the lockout, so even though there is not a deal in place it is time to look at who the Eagles should target in the shortened offseason.

The Eagles should be quick movers after the lockout is lifted. Kevin Kolb will most likely be dealt, whether or not this is a good move or a bad move is reserved for another column but he will most likely be moved within hours of the resolution. The NFC West looks like the landing spot for Kolb. Three quarters of the division needs a young talented quarterback and that is exactly what they will get with Kevin Kolb.

The real question is what or whom do you get back for Kevin Kolb. Yesterday the internet lit up with rumors that in exchange for Kolb the Cardinals would give up Dominic Rodgers Cromartie. This would be a good trade for both teams. The Cardinals would get the quarterback they need and the Eagles would be getting a proven cornerback. Rodgers-Cromartie has often been undervalued, partially because of playing out West, but mostly because during the Kurt Warner era no one paid attention to the defense. The team functioned around scoring as most points as possible, not making defensive stops. Rodgers-Cromartie would have a chance to make a name for himself in a city that desperately needs help in the secondary. This deal should only be done if the best player in free agency is not available which brings me to my next point.

Signing Nnamdi Asomugha.

Signing the best defensive back in the game is key to the Eagles success in the immediate future. Just imagine a secondary that features both Asomugha and Asante Samuel and you’ll understand why this is a deal the Eagles have to make and make quickly. The Cowboys have been rumored to be in the Asomugha sweepstakes and will be ultra aggressive in trying to sign him.


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Goodbye, Kevin?

March 21st, 2011 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles

About to fly the coup?

I normally write about the Phils, but I will temporarily throw my hat into the Eagles’ nest tonight. The NFLPA has requested to file an injunction to lift the lock out. That will go before a U.S. District Judge on April 6th. If the injunction lifts the lock out the NFL will be a whirl wind, especially for Jeffrey Lurie’s Eagles. The Eagles have been able to talk to other teams about Kevin Kolb. They just currently have the inability to deal him due to the labor situation. If an injunction is granted, the Eagles will have roughly three weeks to get the best deal for Kevin Kolb. The Eagles will and should be looking to move Kolb to a team for picks in this year’s draft. Kolb should be able to garner a good return as seven of the top ten draft picks belong to teams who are in desperate need of a quarterback.

  • Panthers: 1st pick
  • Bills: 3rd pick
  • Bengals: 4th pick
  • Cardinals: 5th pick
  • Browns: 6th pick
  • 49ers: 7th pick
  • Titans: 8th pick

If the Eagles do get the opportunity to deal Kolb for a substantial return, don’t you kind of have to pursue it? I would love to see Kolb as the quarterback going forward, but that decision is not up to me. However, if Kolb can garner one of those teams picks in this year’s draft, you kind of have to go for it to help the team win now.

I am not a huge football guy as baseball is my passion, but is it not reasonable to think that the Eagles take any of those picks and sell to the highest bidder on draft day? If they can turn Kevin Kolb from a top ten pick to a later first and a second or third in this year’s draft, that would give them the ability to acquire better talent. Now that the skill positions have been clearly defined, the Eagles can get back into drafting the trenchs. They obviously need help on both lines.


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