Kolb wants his chance but will be a 'team player'

Kevin Kolb said he wants to be a starter in the NFL. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Kevin Kolb says he is trying to avoid the talk about the quarterback situation with the Eagles as much as he can, but his view on the situation is clear.

"I want to be a starter in the NFL," Kolb, a Texas native, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That's my No. 1 goal right now. I want that opportunity. But I'm going to be a team player. I trust (coach) Andy (Reid). I trust his decisions and his ability to see what's in the future and plan out my career the right way. Hopefully, we'll do those things to get me on the field at some point, not knowing when it's going to be."

Kolb said he has not spoken with Reid about the situation since the season ended.

Kolb started two games when Donovan McNabb was injured, posting back-to-back 300-yard games and then did not play the rest of the season.

"It was tough, because I really felt like this year was the best as a player I’ve ever been," Kolb said.

"Coming out of the preseason and having those [regular-season] games for some momentum and finding my groove at this level, I felt like I could have been a good, consistent starter and wanted to face that challenge. At the same time, Donovan had an unbelievable year. He was very consistent this year, and we went 11-5. I see both sides; I always have. I’m always a team player first. At the same time, I wish I could have been out there."

As for the report that the young players went to Kolb instead of McNabb this season for advice, Kolb said he had built "good chemistry" and "good rapport" with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and the team’s other wideouts, because "you see the future, and you see yourself working with them."

But Kolb also said there is no animosity between he and McNabb.

"I’m doing whatever’s best at that moment for the Eagles; that’s what I always keep in mind," Kolb said.

As for the Eagles' view on the quarterback situation, Joe Banner talked about that following the press conference to announce Howie Roseman's promotion to GM. Paul Domowitch has the story here.


In other quarterback related opinion and developments, Tim Kawakami, of the San Jose Mercury News and formerly the Eagles beat writer for the Daily News, writes that the Niners should make a run at McNabb.

"If McNabb hits the trade market, there definitely will be several bidders. But what team — aside from the 49ers — can afford a first-day pick and is built for a big run in almost every way, just waiting for a playoff-quality quarterback?

Maybe Minnesota, if Brett Favre departs permanently. Maybe Carolina. Perhaps Al Davis might put the Raiders in that category, but I don't."