By Justin Adkins:
Eagles starting quarterback du jour Kevin Kolb has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
The award was driven by Kolb’s showing against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday, where he led the Eagles to a 31-17 victory.
Kolb was dominant.
He was 23-29 for 326 yards through the air, with three touchdown passes and one interception (on a deflection). His quarterback efficiency rating was a sparkling 133.6.
This is actually Kolb’s second NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. He earned the first one after his second career start, last year against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, Kolb went 24-34 for 327 yards, threw two touchdowns and no interceptions and posted a quarterback rating of 120.6. He also set a record for throwing for more than 300 yards in his first two career starts.
That game is most likely when Andy Reid decided to pull the trigger on exchanging the past for the future, leading him to trade franchise legend Donovan McNabb to the Redskins this past offseason. Those starts were necessary when starter McNabb went down with a rib injury.
Fast forward to today, and Kolb isn’t even guaranteed to start this week, let alone be that future Eagles fans were expecting. Troubled quarterback Michael Vick, anointed Kolb’s replacement after having a couple great games against bad teams while Kolb was out with a concussion, is dealing, ironically, with a rib injury of his own. So yes, another rib injury has allowed Kolb to step back in and again show why Reid drafted him to be the Eagles franchise quarterback.
While uncertainty reigns this week, Reid has hinted strongly that Kolb will get the start against the Titans on Sunday. Vick is still dealing with recovery from his injury (also known as “an easy excuse for Reid to dodge the starting quarterback question another week”), and then then the Eagles have their bye.
Pretty sure not even Andy Reid knows who will be starting against the Colts. But with another gem by Kolb, it’s hard to imagine it could be anyone else.
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