Saturday, February 6, 2016

Closer look at Kolb's performance

Kevin Kolb completed six of 11 passes for 95 yards Friday night against the Jaguars. Here's a closer look at his 11 attempts.

Closer look at Kolb's performance

Kevin Kolb completed six of 11 passes for 95 yards Friday night against the Jaguars. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Kevin Kolb completed six of 11 passes for 95 yards Friday night against the Jaguars. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

I took some time to re-watch Kevin Kolb's performance Friday night against the Jaguars.

Kolb completed six of 11 passes for 95 yards. Here are my notes on each of his throws:

Pass 1: The Eagles lined up with two running backs, two receivers and a tight end. LeSean McCoy motioned out wide to the right. To the left were Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson in the slot. Kolb started off under center, took a three-step drop and found Jackson, who was somehow matched up with a Jaguars linebacker. Kolb's throw went about 6 yards and was on the money, allowing Jackson to pick up 15 yards after the catch.

Pass 2: The Eagles were lined up with the same personnel, but Kolb was in the shotgun this time. They ran play-action to McCoy, and Kolb found a wide-open Maclin 20 yards down the field. He picked up about 9 yards after the catch. The key here was good protection.

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Pass 3: The offense was in the red zone at the Jaguars' 11-yard line. Set up in the shotgun, Kolb felt some pressure from the right side and tried to force a 5-yard throw to Jason Avant. The pass could have been intercepted if Avant didn't break it up.

Pass 4: This was the Eagles' best chance at a touchdown with the first unit. Faced with a 3rd-and-6 from the Jaguars' 11, Kolb dropped back and faked to his right before coming back to Brent Celek in the back of the end zone. Celek had a couple defenders nearby, but Kolb delivered a very good throw. Celek could not hang on though.

Pass 5: Not much to this one. On first down, Kolb lined up under center and found Maclin for a short gain (3 yards) over the middle.

Pass 6: The Eagles had a 3rd-and-9 from their own 34-yard line. Kolb lined up in the shotgun and felt some pressure upfield. He did a good job of stepping up in the pocket, taking several steps forward, before finding Celek for a 12-yard gain. The throw was on the money, and Kolb showed good presence and instincts to get rid of the ball before crossing the line of scrimmage.

Pass 7: This was another three-step drop. Kolb looked for Celek, who was matched up against a linebacker. The 4-yard throw was behind the Eagles' tight end. Of his five incompletions, this was probably the only one where he had an open receiver and just made a bad pass.

Pass 8: Kolb felt pressure from the right side, but did a good job again of stepping up in the pocket. He tried to complete a 5-yard pass to Celek, but the Eagles' tight end was covered and the ball was batted down.

Pass 9: Kolb set up in the shotgun on 3rd-and-10 from the Eagles' 46. He once again had some pressure from the right side and shuffled to his left. Kolb found Jackson 26 yards down the field for a big play. It was not a great throw, but Kolb let Jackson make a play, which he's certainly capable of.

Pass 10: At the Jaguars' 24-yard line, the Eagles faced a 1st-and-20 after a penalty. Kolb took the snap under center and had plenty of time, but ended up throwing a bad ball intended for Maclin in the end zone. Probably Kolb's worst throw of the game, as the forced attempt was nearly picked off by Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson.

Pass 11: The Eagles were backed up at their own 3-yard line and had a 2nd-and-8. The key here was to get rid of the ball quickly since Kolb was dropping back into his own end zone. Kolb found Avant for 4 yards on the right side to get the offense some breathing room.


In case you haven't heard the news from Lehigh today, the Eagles activated Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson from the PUP list. We'll have to see how much the two offensive linemen participate in practice, but the news is especially encouraging for Jackson.

I'm back in the Philadelphia-area for a wedding so no practice observations from me today. I'll be back up at Lehigh Monday morning for the final three days.

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