All eyes will be on quarterback Kevin Kolb as his tenure as the team's franchise quarterback is set to kick off on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. There are two things that Kolb expects to see out of the offense that he believes will be crucial regarding the game's outcome.
"We're all about execution and consistency. That's what we want to try to preach and running the game plan the best that it can be run," Kolb said. "We have to play within ourselves. It'll be the leaders' job to make sure we calm down and play within ourselves. We know what we have. We have a great game plan and we're looking forward to putting it on the field and seeing what we've got."
Kolb explained how he has looked back at the experience he gained from starting the two games early in the 2009 season against New Orleans and Kansas City. The Saints beat Kolb and the Eagles en route to their first Super Bowl title. Many experts are selecting the Packers as the trendy preseason pick to at least represent the NFC in this year's title tilt.
""We obviously want it to be a little different than New Orleans. We want to go out there and win," Kolb said. "We have our work cut out for us. We're talented too. I look forward to putting it on the field. We feel like we're ready.
"I'm prepared and we're very prepared as a team. The coaches do a great job here. I think we have the best coaching staff in the NFL. Preparation won't be an issue. I know energy won't either. It's getting out there and executing against a good defense and putting it all together."
While there is plenty of youth on this team, there is also plenty of firepower. The Packers will have a tough time containing everyone from DeSean Jackson to Brent Celek to LeSean McCoy and so on.
"The best thing about our offense is that it can be anyone's game at any time. We have the talent at every position to take over. Everybody will get their shot," Kolb said. "Everybody knows there's plenty of talent, so for us it's just executing and putting the pieces in place."
Just a little over seven years ago, a 19-year-old Kolb became the first true freshman in University of Houston's history to start at quarterback. He started his four-year reign with a four-touchdown performance (two throwing, two rushing) in a 48-14 win over Rice.
"It was a good one. We got after them pretty good," Kolb said. "Those are experiences I lean back on all the time. That's definitely one of them."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:35 p.m., September 8