I think this team is ready for Kevin Kolb. There, I said it.
I'm sure some of you will accuse me of being a closet McNabb hater, but I assure you this couldn't be further from the truth. I have cheered for McNabb from his first days wearing a green jersey, right up until the fading minutes of last night's treacherous game. Not only is he the most accomplished quarterback the city of Philadelphia has ever seen, but he is a genuinely awesome person on top of all this. How do I know he is an awesome person, you ask? Ladies and gentleman, I give you Exhibit A.
Ahhh what a great moment. Yes, McNabb is most definitely the shit. The thing is, I think he has given this team everything he can possibly offer. We've been to the playoffs time after time. Hell, we've even been to the NFC Championship Game time after time. Yet still, we have nothing to show for our "success". I know that many of our playoff losses are not fully on McNabb's shoulders, but I have finally come to the conclusion that his best years are behind him. It's time for Kolb.
Does that video look familiar to any one? Very few people gave Kevin Kolb a chance from the get-go, yet this season he has proven that there is something to build on. He stepped in for McNabb to start for only two games, and the result was literally record-breaking. I don't put too much stock into Kolb's two performances, since they make up a very small sample size, but at least they give me hope that we can achieve a Superbowl victory with the next guy in line, so to speak.
I know, McNabb gives us the most immediate chance at success. Still though, I am willing to sacrifice a year (or two) with Kevin Kolb, if it means we can have a young quarterback to "grow old" with our ridiculously young offense. This offense has not even begun to reach its pinnacle, so it only makes sense to insert a quarterback that has not yet reached his. Maybe the result will be a perfect storm of pinnacle-reaching awesomeness, leading us to that elusive Lombardi Trophy.
A lot of people have been saying that our era on top of the NFC East has ended. I say that's bullshit. We may have had a down year, but the best has yet to come with this team. Our offense is getting more dangerous by the minute, and our defense can be fixed, despite what last night's game may lead you to believe. All of this makes me believe that Kolb is the right man at the right time for this franchise. We have seen what a decade of McNabb can bring us, but we have yet to see what a decade of Kolb can yield. I say we give the guy a chance, and let him mature with our offense. The results could be shockingly good or shockingly bad, but I'm willing to find out.
For the record, this is not a knee-jerk reaction to last night's game. McNabb wasn't playing his best football, but what else would you expect with that patchwork offensive line? This post is more of a realization of mine that has finally culminated as the season comes to an end. If you disagree with me, that's fine. I'm just putting my opinion out there to start up the discussion. Also, if McNabb is our quarterback next season, I will continue to cheer for him like I always have.