Imagine Kevin Kolb‘s situation for a moment. You are replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback in a town that has a — what’s a pleasant way to put this — passionate fan base. And you have a former No. 1 pick looking over your shoulder looking for playing time.
No pressure, kid.
But that is the kind of thing that motivates Kolb. A lot of people — most notably coach Andy Reid — have put a lot of faith in him. Normally you hear about players trying to prove the doubters wrong. Kolb told the Times of Trenton columnist Mark Eckel that he is out to prove those people right.
“I think the one thing that it tells me is I have a lot of work to do and you never want to let anybody down,” Kolb said. “You especially don’t want to let somebody down whenever they have put that much faith in you and they’ve made those moves to make you the guy.
“That’s a driving force for me and it gives me more energy and more emotion to go out there and make this thing right. That’s my No. 1 focus, going to a Super Bowl and proving everybody right. I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong. I’m trying to prove this organization right for making this move. I know there are a lot of expectations. When you get an extension and you get the starting quarterback position and the franchise, regardless of where you’re at, there’s a lot of pressure and responsibility. I understand all that.”
As a fantasy enthusiast, I have tempered my enthusiasm more than most. Sometimes you cannot just plug in a quarterback and expect the same type of output. I would put Kolb somewhere behind quarterbacks such as Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco who are poised for breakout seasons. I would have him ahead of Matt Cassel, Chad Henne and Matt Moore, but not by much.