Here is a guy where the Eagles drafted out of the first for (With the cowboys nonetheless) which got Eagles fans furious as everyone thought we were going to draft Dawkins eventual replacement here. A real surprising move by the FO, which of course, got the boo birds going and got the pundits thinking "what is Reid thinking/?"
It didn't get any easier for Kolb as his first "real" shot as playing QB was against the Steelers in week 2 after McNabb got dinged up. At the time I believe the Steelers were the #1 ranked D and Kolb struggled a bit, which earned him criticism. The very next time he got shoved in the Ravens game when McNabb was benched after struggled all game (again, earned him a LOT of criticism). As everyone knows, you don't really get a chance to settle in with Philly, you either perform well or get booed.
The very next year McNabb got injured in week 1 and that's where we finally saw the Kolb that got to prepare as a starter. He ended up playing really well against the eventual SB Champs Saints and beat up in a bad defensive KC team. This is where Kolb got the honors of throwing for back to back 300 yard games in his first two starts, something that's never been done before. It's also where I think he got his respect.
With a lot of McNabb fanatics, Kevin still didn't have a ton of support from the Philly fan base when he was given the reigns. Unfortunately, he got injured week 1 and after backing up Vick for when he got dinged up he didn't do so well. Although he played very well against SF, almost beat Dallas with our 4th stringers, and played so-so against a stingy Tennessee defense.
In any event, Kolb was always VERY professional. Never complained in the media, never let the criticism get to him, never blamed players for poor performances, always said the right things. I think he was dealt a really tough hand from the very get go and handled it very well.
Watch Kolb hook up with Fitzgerald and have a good season and become a star in this league. I'll be rooting for him.