Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kolb: 'I'm ready to roll'

Kevin Kolb met the media for the first time since the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins on Sunday.

Kolb: 'I'm ready to roll'

"Everything I´ve done in my life has led to this," Kolb said. "I´m ready to roll and lead this team." (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
"Everything I've done in my life has led to this," Kolb said. "I'm ready to roll and lead this team." (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Kevin Kolb met the media for the first time since the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins on Sunday.

Coach Andy Reid has talked about how much confidence he has in Kolb and the control that Kolb has over the offense.

"Everything I've done in my life has led to this," Kolb said. "I'm ready to roll and lead this team."

"I didn't even blink when Andy told me. I really didn't," he said. "I'm excited about it. I'm sure it will have a little drama, but it will be a fun ride. I truly have that outlook on it. I think this team will surprise some people.”

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Kolb said several times that he does not think this is a rebuilding year and that the moves the organization have made are a symbol of the team’s confidence in the younger players.

“[Winning the Super Bowl], that’s been our goal since I've been here, since Andy’s been here," he said. "That's not going to change because we're going younger … We will have the same focus day in and day out like when we were when we were trying to make those runs with all the veterans.”

Kolb said he understood the situation whe returned to the bench last season after becoming the first QB in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first two starts.

"I trusted the organization, I trusted Andy to get me here one day," he said. "The times last year when I started that I felt I was ready, but the team wasn't ready, maybe the city wasn’t ready. I knew Andy would put me in the situation to be the starter." 

He also talked often about the other players rallying around him and the relationships he has formed.

He also said he benefited from being able to watch for the last few years and hoped to talk to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans' Drew Brees about the adjustment from backup to starter.

"You get to sit back and get to watch the peaks and valleys," he said. "The way people ride your bandwagon and jump off. It always comes back to your core -- those guys sitting here on Wednesday morning when we have our meetings. That’s all that matters. It's not always most talented team out there that wins the Super Bowl. It's the team that gels. We’re on the right track … We’re going to come together and run with this thing."

Asked about going into the final year of his contract, Kolb said he would leave those discussions to his agent.

"There is only one thing on my mind and that's getting this team ready to win the Super Bowl and win football games," he said.

Kolb said he has not yet spoken to McNabb, but that the two exchanged text messages earlier today and hope to talk later.

“Donovan and I have always had a great relationship … I want to wish him the best. He’s been nothing but a 100 percent professional to me and a good friend. I honestly will always look back to way he treated me and hopefully I go can do that for some other kids.”

Kolb said he was by himself when he got the call from Reid, about 15 minutes before the news broke, which “was a nice place to be, to let it soak in for a minute before I started making phone calls and answering texts.”

Kolb said his first call was to his wife and then called his father, who was his high school coach.

Asked what he learned from McNabb, Kolb said, “I think the one thing he does is he handles every situation
that the NFL, the city, the media has put on him with a smile. That’s one thing that I noticed right away is, man, he’s always in a good mood. That portrays well in the locker room because it doesn’t show to anyone that that’s affecting
him, even if it is. He’s real good about keeping that under his skin and making sure that everything is real smooth in the locker room. So, that’s something I need to work on, I have worked on and will take from him as the starting quarterback.”

Kolb also said preparation will be different for him as the starter.

"You have to find your groove as a starting quarterback at this level, in this league  -- what fits you preparation wise, rest wide, weight training," he said. "You have to find your own routines week to week and see what works for you. I want to get that ironed out as soon as possible."

He also said no two quarterbacks are the same.

"Something has to change, some for the good, some for the worse," he said. "I'm a totally different style guy ... There are differences but at the same time as long as it leads to the Super Bowl, that's all we're after."

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