Maybe We Should Rename It The Kolb-O-Meter

Maybe We Should Rename It The Kolb-O-Meter

Game one of the Kevin Kolb era is in the books, and as promised, the all-knowing McNabb-O-Meter has shifted its forecast.  Were 391 yards passing enough to bury Donovan's extension with the Eagles, or will 3 interceptions prove a hefty toll on 4's wallet?  Click through to find out.

To be clear, the McNabb-O-Meter is not meant to reflect the author's bias.  I believe I can comfortably speak for everyone at the Level and say we're all Donovan supporters, and he is the best quarterback for the Eagles.  Having said that, if the front office determines it can win with this young Kolb fellow for half the price, all the evidence seems to indicate that's what they will do.

Kolb obviously didn't win on Sunday.  For now though, they have to be happy he didn't just fall flat on his face.  It looks like he'll get another start this week, so he has the chance to build on a solid first half (14/22, 196 yds, 1 TD).  The more opportunities the kid has, the worse it is – or better? – for Donovan, who meanwhile misses games due to injury for the fourth time in five seasons.  Plus, a broken rib is exactly the kind of thing that can linger and make a Pro Bowl quarterback look like an aging veteran.

It's a long season though, still plenty of time for this to swing the other way.  As you can see, the change on the meter is very minor.  This wasn't the type of performance that makes any sane person want to run their franchise QB out of town, but it gives the backup a foothold he previously did not have.  Like we said when the McNabb-O-Meter was first introduced, the best way for Donovan to earn that extension was to play 16 games and keep Kolb glued to the bench.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.