While there has been plenty of talk this offseason about the status of Donovan McNabb and his future in Philly, there are more rumblings now that his future in the city of Brotherly Love may not be lasting all that much longer. Most of the talk comes from the fact that first round draft choice QB Kevin Kolb has looked strong in his first NFL training camp. Kolb has made some heads turn with the way he has picked things up, as well as his maturity for a QB that is in his first pro camp. “He’s pretty sharp . . . and he’s had a lot of game experience. That was at the college level, but that experience is showing up a little bit,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “I think he certainly has a natural feel for the game, which shows up . . . There are very few times where he hasn’t at least known what his responsibility in his progression and read was.”
So while Kolb is getting a lot of praise even from teammate McNabb, there still has to be some underlying questions as to why the Eagles were looking that far ahead as to use their first draft choice on a position that McNabb has held for years in Philly. Is it because of the injury factor that goes along with McNabb? Or does Philly really think that the window for Donovan to get the job done and get the Eagles to the Super Bowl again is closing? That very well may be why Kolb was taken and may be why he gets on the field for good sometime in the next two seasons.
Even McNabb has been impressed with what Kolb has done up to this point. “From the first minicamp, I thought he did an excellent job of just kind of soaking everything in,” McNabb said. “We’ve all been in that position where it seems everything is just kind of overloaded. It hasn’t hit him that much, to where it seems he has too much on his plate. I told him early, ‘When everything seems like it’s just about to overflow, just kind of back away from things and go back over the little things.’ ”
So where does that leave the veteran McNabb? Kolb has a four-year deal, and McNabb has four years left on his contract. But, the large part of the signing bonus ends in two seasons, meaning that the cap hit come 2009 would be large enough to make the team think hard about keeping him around if Kolb is indeed ready to play. As for what Kolb thinks, right now he’s trying not to look too far ahead. “I would love to fast-forward through to the time when I get my shot, but you’ve got to be patient and understand that you’re in the pros now. It’s a special game with a lot of special players. You’re not the only one anymore. You’ve got to wait your turn and continue to get better.”
So it might be time for McNabb to pull a rabbit out of a hat and start staying on the field and winning games. Now instead of a one-year deal with Jeff Garcia last year being his competition, it’s now in the form of a youngster who plans on being in Philly a long, long time. Likely after McNabb has moved on to somewhere or something else.