Kevin Kolb wants to be the starting quarterback. Three years ago, Kolb was the team's top draft pick out of the University of Houston. After learning the system, Kolb got the chance to start in two games as Donovan McNabb was injured during the 2009 season. In those two games, Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in each of his first two starts. The Eagles went 1-1 in those games.
Kolb is set to enter the last year of his rookie contract, but it doesn't look like he will get the opportunity to start for the Eagles in 2010. Donovan McNabb is also about to enter the last year of his contract and head coach Andy Reid has said that McNabb would be his quarterback for next season. Team president Joe Banner added on Friday that all three of the Eagles quarterbacks, including Michael Vick, could return and play out the final year of their respective deals next season.
In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kolb said that his "No. 1 goal right now" is "to be a starter in the NFL." However, Kolb is also going to do whatever is best for the team.
"I want that opportunity. But I'm going to be a team player. I trust Andy. I trust his decisions and his ability to see what's in the future and plan out my career the right way," Kolb said. "Hopefully, we'll do those things to get me on the field at some point, not knowing when it's going to be."
Kolb said that he has been bass fishing in Texas and will remain at his off-season home in Granbury, Tx. until the off-season conditioning program kicks off in March. Kolb added that he has not discussed his future with Reid since the exit interview following the season-ending loss in the playoffs to the Cowboys.
The opportunity to start those two games in 2009 made Kolb feel that he can be a "good, consistent starter" in this league. He also knows that McNabb is coming off of "an unbelievable year."
"I see both sides. I always have," Kolb said. "I'm always a team player first. At the same time, I wish I could have been out there."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:35 a.m., February 1