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Confidence In Kolb, New Leaders

The business of the NFL. Fans sometimes may not understand that. The players and coaches, on the other hand, do.

That being said, head coach Andy Reid says he is confident that the recent turnover on the roster during this off-season will, in no way, divide the locker room. Rather, he believes new leaders are ready to emerge.

"I think that what these players understand is that this is part of this league," Reid said. "This is how this league works today."

Donovan McNabb is the latest veteran to move on, joining the likes of running back Brian Westbrook, cornerback Sheldon Brown. receiver Kevin Curtis and defensive end Darren Howard. Brown was traded, along with Chris Gocong, to the Browns. Westbrook, Curtis and Howard were all released and have yet to hook on with other teams.

Now, Kolb and a young supporting cast on offense take on new roles.

"I think we have some tremendous leaders up front," Reid said. "Kevin becomes one of them. One of the things I've mentioned is that I think he's a good leader. DeSean Jackson has turned into a kid that has shown leadership ability. Brent Celek is one of our primary leaders."

While Kolb is scheduled to meet with the media on Monday afternoon, Reid said he spoke with Kolb regarding the trade and said Kolb "was grateful for the opportunity."

Reid said the organization has confidence in Kolb, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300-plus yards in his first two starts.

"He's been taught by good coaches and also had the opportunity to play under Donovan which, I think, is a big thing," Reid said. "He learned how to do it the right way. He's followed that direction and put a lot of effort into preparing himself for this opportunity. I think that Kevin now needs to go prove that and be Kevin Kolb and not Donovan McNabb. He needs to make his own mark and be his own man there and go do his thing. He has a pretty good feel for the position."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 11:00 a.m., April 5

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