Changing Super Bowl odds, timing and rebuilding

The sixth question asked of Kevin Kolb yesterday at his introductory news conference was about winning the Super Bowl in Philadelphia.

“That’s our  No. 1 goal," he said. "That’s been our goal since I’ve been here and the goal since Andy’s been here. Of course we want to win the division, it’s not been to win 10 games. It’s been to win the Super Bowl. That’s not going to change because we’re going younger or because people think we’re in a rebuilding year. It’s going to be the same focus for us day in and day out as it was when we had all the veterans here and we were trying to make those runs two or three years ago.”

The change in quarterback, however, has convinced Las Vegas oddsmakers that the road to the Super Bowl might be more difficult.

According to Daily News oddsmaker Vegas Vic, the Eagles have dropped from 15-1 to 18-1 to win the big game.

The bigger change is with the Redskins, who went from 50-1 before the trade to 25-1 after acquiring Donovan McNabb.


Should be an interesting day at Redskins Park, as Donovan McNabb holds his introductory news conference.

Beyond that, though, the Redskins are still reportedly scheduled to host Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

With McNabb, the expectations are that the Redskins will take an offensive tackle with the fourth overall pick, but it could be interesting if Bradford is still on the board. Could they take him and have McNabb groom him for the future, like Doug Pederson did for McNabb?

"I can't see us not using that pick on an elite left tackle," center Casey Rabach said yesterday.


The timing of the trade caught many people off guard and upset some others. Baseball comissioner Bud Selig was among those not especially pleased.

"Goodness gracious, I'm a football fan -- this is Opening Day," Selig told the Washington Post. "If you really want to know I'm going to give you a brutally honest answer. I got up at 5:30 this morning and did my daily workout. And I was watching an unnamed channel and that's all they were talking about. I turned it off, that was my reaction. My goodness gracious."

The Eagles denied there was any conspiracy theory. Andy Reid mentioned it in several radio interviews yesterday, saying things move fast and when the deal is done, it's done.

"We'd been working on this for quite some time," said Eagles spokeswoman Pamela Browner White.

Such a deal requires coordination and agreement by several parties, she said: "To suggest that we have that sort of control . . . It's more than not fair. It's simply incorrect."


Rich Hofmann writes today about the notion of the Eagles' being in rebuilding mode.

Some numbers to ponder about the Eagles' youth movement, especially on offense (this compares the 2009 starting lineup in the opener vs. the projected starters for the 2010 opener, at least at this moment):

2009 offense: average age was 27.2, average NFL experience is 5.7 years
2010 offense: average age is 25.4, average NFL experience is 4.6 years

2009 defense: average age was 25.8, average NFL experience is 4.8 years
2010 defense: average age is 26.6, average NFL experience is 5.2 years


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