NASHVILLE-- Making his third consecutive start, Kevin Kolb played well, but, per his own admission, not quite well enough. Not well enough for the Eagles to win, and not well enough to win back the starting quarterback job.
Head coach Andy Reid said during his post-game press conference that Michael Vick will be the team's starting quarterback when they return from the upcoming bye week. On Sunday, Kolb was able to orchestrate a consistent offense that fell just a little short. His final tally read 26-48 for 231 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions (one coming on the game's final play) and a quarterback rating of 56.9.
"I felt like we battled," Kolb said. "I felt like we put drive after drive after drive together. I'll tell you right now that I missed too many easy ones early. We had a chance to kind of get one of those shots on them, about three of them I think, and I just didn't execute it. I felt like that really kept them hanging around and you can't do that. We've been saying this for a couple weeks now, you have to have this step on their throat mentality. We're a young team and we have to learn from it. I have to learn from it and I have to execute those early."
The game turned in the third quarter on a 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard-line with the Eagles looking to 23-7 lead against a Titans team that hadn't shown much offensively. But the Titans got immediate inside pressure, hitting Kevin Kolb before he could hand the ball to running back LeSean McCoy. The ball fell to the ground and was recovered by the Titans, who would go on to outscore the Eagles 30-3 from that point forward.
Early on, Kolb was a touch inaccurate, missing opportunities to get the ball to Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin when they were open down the field. Late in the game, Kolb was robbed of an opportunity to drive the team down the field trailing by eight points when punt returner Jorrick Calvin fumbled a punt with over three minutes to go, essentially icing the game.
With an eye toward the future, Kolb wouldn't hide his disappointment in the impending return to a backup role.
"Sure it is (disappointing)," Kolb said. "I enjoyed playing out there, you know, and I want to continue playing. You learn something every time and I feel like you read things a little faster every time and that's what you want to continue to do. But I'll say it again, I always trust (coach Reid) and I trust him now."
Kolb can take solace in how he played as a whole over the last three weeks. Over that span, Kolb was 70-108 for 810 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions and an 88.1 quarterback rating. More importantly, he led the team to two victories.
"The only thing I can do is just keep my head up and understand and know that I can play this game and I can win with this team," Kolb said. "That's just my mentality. Stay ready when the time comes and make sure that you keep your confidence high, and that's what I'll try to do."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:51 p.m., October 24