Immediately after the Philadelphia Eagles fell 21-16 at the hands of the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday, back up quarterback and former starter Kevin Kolb wasted little time voicing his thoughts on the future.
"I love it here, as everybody knows. My family's settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere."
Kolb, who previously sat behind former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, lost his job the first week of the season, ironically against the same Packers. Clay Matthews ended Kolbs first start of the season when he tackled the 27-year old from behind, forcing his helmet into the dirt. He walked out of the game with a concussion, and opened the door for Michael Vick.
The Eagles didn't unfairly bench Kolb. Vick played out of his mind throughout the season and won back the hearts of the fans as he was elected to his first Pro Bowl in five seasons. Kolb patiently waited on the sideline, doing and saying all the right things as he watched Vick lead Philadelphia into the playoffs. Even now, as their season ended, he's continued to speak professionally.
"Whatever happens, you want to know the answer so you can prepare one way or the other. Our communication will be fine. .... And I'll be looking to starting here, hopefully. Obviously, there's a chance for a lot of things. So I'll just wait and just talk to these guys and see what happens."
Should the Eagles re-sign Vick, Kolb would presumably be traded. Where to, remains to be seen. Considering that the Cardinals are gunning for a drastic improvement at quarterback, they may be willing to pay the price to bring Kolb to Arizona.
Derek Anderson, coming off his first season in the desert, will do little to convince the coaching staff that he's the guy. The Cardinals poor play on offense throughout most of the season was a direct result of Anderson's play. With a year remaining on his current deal, 2011 would be the year he takes a seat on the sideline as an emergency option.
Rookie quarterback's John Skelton and Max Hall are both coming off below-par seasons and will need to impress Ken Whisenhunt during offseason activities. Their lackluster play did little to woo the fans as well as the coaching staff. Entering their second season, both will battle head-to-head to determine which will move on to another year in the NFL.
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In the NFL, when one door closes another opens. In this case, it could be the acquisition of Kolb. Partnered with Larry Fitzgerald and possibly Steve Breaston, the trio could combine to become one of the most lethal offensive attacks in the NFC. At this point, that possibility is still months away. For now, the Cardinals will continue planning on how they can repair the damage that was done this past season. What are your thoughts on Kevin Kolb in a Cardinals jersey?