The big storyline coming into today's game against New Orleans was Keving Kolb getting his first start at quarterback after a full week of practice with the first team offense. Kolb played okay and was not one of the key factors that led to the Eagles decisive 48-22 loss at the hands of the high powered Saints. Mistakes on special teams and a porous defense that was backed up against a wall for much of the day did them in.
Aside from the one really bad interception Kolb threw early in the second half and two stupid INTs in the closing minutes when the game was well out of reach, Kolb limited his mistakes for a good portion of this game when it mattered. Sure, he didn't do anything particularly remarkable but he managed the game well in his first start. When the line gave him adequate time, he found the open man and when he was pressured, he got rid of the ball quickly.
I put this one on poor play from the special teams, boneheaded penalties, and the defense. It started with DeSean Jackson's decision to return a punt late in the first half which resulted in a holding penalty which led to a poor Sav Rocca punt allowing the Saints to put up a quick TD to end the half. It continued on the first play of the second half when Ellis Hobbs gave the Saints the ball right back. And things just kind of unraveled from there.
I have no doubt many fans will be blaming this one on Kolb despite his decent showing. After his first incomplete pass, commenters were already calling for Jeff Garcia. But Kolb played decent enough for me to feel confident that he could beat the Chiefs next week given the opportunity.
What worries me, aside from the poor special teams and defense, is Westbrook going down with an ankle injury and Asante leaving the game with a stinger.
Any positives? I think you have to look at Brent Celek's performance as one of the few positive performances today.
What'd you think of Kolb's effort? Does he deserve another shot against the Chiefs if McNabb can't go? Do you give McNabb the extra two weeks rest? Start Garcia? Get crazy and start Vick in his first game back in 2 years? Me? I'd go with Kolb again if McNabb isn't ready.
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.