October 12 Camden Courier-Post:
“Kevin Kolb looked more decisive and threw with conviction in Sunday night’s 27-24 win over the 49ers.
Afterward, the Eagles‘ quarterback admitted that he had deviated from the same routine of preparation that he had used in the week leading up to the disastrous season opener against Green Bay.
Kolb didn’t specify exactly what changes made Sunday night’s first half against the 49ers look like a 180-degree difference from the Green Bay game, but the tinkering clearly worked.
He jumped on the San Francisco defense from the opening drive, when he completed all six of his passes for 72 yards and capped the 85-yard march with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek. On the drive, he registered a passer rating of 156.2.
While he was far from perfect, Kolb opened the game 9-for-9 for 92 yards, setting the tone for a night in which he passed for 253 yards, completed almost 68 percent of his throws and compiled a 103.3 passer rating, the second-highest of his career.
Not bad for his first career road start and fourth start of his career.
“When something doesn’t work you try to do something to change it and make sure that it’s right,” Kolb said afterward. “I definitely didn’t do things the exact the same way (as before the season opener) — a little more preparation and (I) made sure things were right. Obviously, now we’ll try to stay on the same track and keep going.”
Reid made sure to mention that Michael Vick would still be the starter once Vick is healed enough from his rib injury to get back out to practice, but Reid has been known to fib here and there about his starting quarterback.
After the game, Reid delivered his standard quarterback summation about throws Kolb “would like to have back,” which isn’t inaccurate. There was the third-and-1 toss to Celek that never had a chance and another toss to the tight end down the seam that could have produced a big gain had Kolb not underthrown it.
But consider that Kolb also completed passes of 41, 32, 20 and 17 yards and connected with Jeremy Maclin six times for 95 yards just one week after his longest pass went for 18 yards and he averaged 5.74 yards per attempt.”
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