Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kolb: If Cardinals don't, I want Eagles to win it all

Kevin Kolb spent the first regular season weekend of his NFL career on a team other than the Eagles.

Kolb: If Cardinals don't, I want Eagles to win it all

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Kevin Kolb says he hopes the Eagles win the Super Bowl this season -- if his Cardinals don´t. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Kevin Kolb says he hopes the Eagles win the Super Bowl this season -- if his Cardinals don't. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Kevin Kolb spent the first regular season weekend of his NFL career on a team other than the Eagles.

Kolb, now Arizona's starting quarterback, was asked Monday whether he paid any attention to how the Eagles had done against the Rams in their season opener.

"I didn’t at all," he said on ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt show. "I just saw that they won and it looked like Mike moved around a lot and he made some plays with his feet.

"If we don’t win it, I want them to win it. I truly mean that. I love those guys over there and I wish them the best except for Week 10 or 11, whenever it is that we play them."

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Kolb was 18-for-27 for 309 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut as he continues to pick up the offense.

"It’s a big challenge. It really is," Kolb said of picking up the new offense, especially without a spring of minicamps and OTAs. "If I said any different, I would be lying.  Every day is more beneficial, every game, every situation. I just keep trying to put a notch in my belt and keep learning. The biggest thing is never stop striving to get better. If you can make mistakes like we did and still win, it says you are a pretty good team."

Kolb's performance in the win over Carolina was overshadowed by the record-setting debut for rookie Cam Newton in his NFL debut.

 "After the third quarter, everybody looked at each other and thought, 'man this guy can really play,' " Kolb said. "As long as he keeps pressing, he’s going to be a great player. And I think he will, because he wants to be a great player in this league."

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Meanwhile, Donovan McNabb's debut with the Vikings did not go nearly as well. The numbers were 7-for-15 for 39 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

As expected, coach Leslie Frazier took a broader view on the play of his quarterback: "There are some things that he’ll definitely want to improve on but if you look at the entire team, there are some things that we need to improve on as a team, which in terms will help him and help our football team but he did some good things in that ball game. He came out with good enthusiasm and did a good job of leading us early on to a score. There are some things we want to improve on as a team all the way around."

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Some numbers to consider as the Eagles turn their attention to the Falcons, with some comments from coach Mike Smith during his day-after session with reporters yesterday.

* Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked five times and hit 11 times overall in the loss to Chicago. Part of that was because the Falcons got down and had to throw as the game wore on. The overall run-pass mix was 47 passes to 14 runs.

“Much more than we’d like to, not just a little bit. That’s something that we have to improve on," Smith said on how often Ryan was hit. "When you let a defensive line only have to defend one thing, it makes it tougher for your offensive protection to hold up. We’ve definitely got to improve that. There’s a whole lot of things, not just our protection.”

* The Falcons' defense got five sacks, but ... "The positive from the game yesterday was that we were able to sack the quarterback five times. The negative from the game is that we had entirely too many missed tackles. Fundamentally, tackling is something that you have to be proficient at and we were not very proficient in our tackling yesterday in the ball game and that led to explosive plays. They had two 50-plus yard plays where the ball was actually thrown behind the line of scrimmage and ended up being a 53-yard and a 52-yard play, one going for a touchdown and one got down to the one-yard line. We have got to firm up our tackling. We didn’t tackle as effectively and efficiently as we need to.”

 * Receiver Julio Jones, whom many have targeted as the rookie of the year, had five catches for 71 yards.

“I thought Julio did some good things," Smith said. "In a rookie’s first game, everyone is going to make mistakes. I think he sped some things up but I like the way that he competed. That’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to go out and compete. I really think of all the guys on offense, he was right up there in terms of the level of his desire to compete.”

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To read Domo's Day-After Dissection on the Eagles game, click here.

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