All things considered, Kevin Kolb wanted more. Even though he led the first-team offense on two scoring drives, and then some, Kolb wanted touchdowns, not field goals. He wanted perfection.
In the end, Kolb completed 6 of 11 passes for 95 yards and ran twice for 15 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against Jacksonville. Kolb opened with a 21-yard completion to DeSean Jackson and moved the offense 65 yards in 9 plays to set up a David Akers 29-yard field goal to put the Eagles on the board early.
The second time Kolb and the offense were on the field, the Eagles went 53 yards on 12 plays and again settled for an Akers field goal, this time from 32 yards.
Close, but not what Kolb wanted.
"It was good. Obviously, when you get down into the red zone you want to score points, but both drives were successful. We racked up some yards there and put six points on the board, then had a chance there with our third one," said Kolb. "Overall, I thought it was good, but we've got to get better in the red zone."
Kolb and the first-team offense racked up eight first downs in the opening quarter and they gained a whopping 165 yards, converting 3 of 5 third downs. Kolb completed two passes each to Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, and actually threw a pretty pass to Celek in the back of the end zone on the final play of the opening drive that Celek knows he should have caught.
"We know we're talented. We know there's talent on the field all over the place. We just have to execute. We're doing our own thing. We don't need to force anything. We're a young bunch," said Kolb. "We're excited about the way we started things today and we just need to keep moving forward next week. It felt good, because we finally got to go against a different color here and see what we had.
"There's a reason that (head coach) Andy (Reid) works training camp as hard as he does, because he wants it to be easier when we come out here in the game. We felt pretty vibrant and pretty on point tonight. We missed a few things. Got to get better in the red zone, but it was a good start."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 9:37 p.m., August 13