So after my dozen or so phone calls to fellow members of Eagles nation, I still find myself sitting here in a strange state of disbelief. Its one of those moments in time that we all knew was coming, and now that its arrived its still difficult to accept. So I thought I would offer some of my thoughts on what is likely the most bittersweet moment (at least for me) in the last 20 years of Eagles football.
I'm excited for Kolb. His "promotion" has got to be a truly unbelievable reward after three years of hard work and patience. You earned it man. I'm not sure how I'm going to react when he at some point experiences his growing pains, but you all can hold me to it that not one of you will ever hear me call for Mike Vick. And I love Vick....but its Kolb's time now.
Speaking of Vick, I'm actually rather delighted he's going to stick around for another year. With a full season under his belt, plus an entire offseason conditioning program, mini camps, and training camp, I think he should be "back" athletically. He was showing a few glimpses at the end of the season, so this year will be a good test for him (not to mention an audition for his next job).
As much as some disagree, you really can't fault Andy on this one. Yes he lied initially, but I mean did any of us expect him to tip his hand right off the bat? Even though I wish it wasn't to Washington, I give Andy credit for finding middle ground between what was best for the franchise and what was best for Donovan.
Just an interesting observation....McNabb was the 2nd player taken in 1999. Here we are 11 years later and we get the 37th pick in exchange for him. Thats not much depreciation. Donovan held his value well these 11 years.
So in closing, I wish the guy nothing but the best. These past 11 years have flown, but the memories won't ever fade. Every time I see something like this I'm always reminded of what Jerry Glanville always said. NFL really does stand for Not For Long.