September 23 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Kevin Kolb’s tenure as the Eagles‘ starting quarterback lasted all of 10 passes and one half.
After coach Andy Reid failed to definitively say that Kolb would still be on the roster following the trade deadline, it was fair to wonder Wednesday whether the 26-year-old will ever throw another pass or play another half in Philadelphia.
Kolb, for the record, said that he did not ask to be traded after Reid informed him the day before that he was being replaced by Michael Vick as the team’s starter. And Reid said that he was not willing to listen to offers from other teams.
But when the coach, who has received a hailstorm of criticism for his startling quarterback reversal, was asked if Kolb would last beyond this season’s Oct. 19 deadline, Reid was noncommittal.
“I can’t predict anything down that far,” Reid said at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday, a day after he dropped his bombshell. “Nobody in this league can do that. That’s ridiculous.”
But the trade rumors have already started circulating. First, there was a report that the Cleveland Browns had contacted the Eagles Tuesday evening to discuss Kolb, a story that had no truth “whatsoever,” according to a source close to the situation.
And then there was an ESPN report that cited a senior Eagles official as saying they “have had calls” about the availability of Kolb from several teams.
Kolb has made it no secret that he wants to start in the NFL. Before the Eagles traded away Donovan McNabb in April, Kolb had told friends and confidants – on occasion – that he wanted to be traded.
But then, of course, the Eagles dealt away their franchise quarterback and promoted Kolb. But what about after he was demoted? Those close to Kolb said he would not demand a trade even if his preference is to start.
Asked if his initial instinct, upon being told that he no longer was the starter, was to request a trade, Kolb said, “No. My initial instinct was, ‘Shoot, I want to be out there.’ ”
During a six-minute interview in the Eagles‘ locker room given simultaneously while Vick spoke with reporters 10 feet away, Kolb said nothing that could be taken as critical of Reid or the Eagles.”
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