Kolb lacking patience as pocket passer

I spent a late night in the NFL Films video room Tuesday, taking a look through all of the Week 3 preseason games and eyeballing a number of teams at random to catch some things I might not have otherwise noticed.

When I came across film of the Eagles, a few things immediately stood out to me that I wanted to pass along. So here are a few thoughts:

  • I really wanted to take another look at QB Kevin Kolb, and although he is very natural and smooth in some areas, he looks to run and escape pressure far too quickly. I don’t see how Kolb will survive the season. There is a level of patience that is required to be a pocket quarterback in the NFL, and a very fine line exists between staying in the pocket and scrambling. It’s often necessary to take a hit and hold the ball for a split second longer to allow receivers to separate and get open. At times — but not all of the time — Kolb is quicker to take off than he is to stand and deliver the ball. Kolb can’t scramble the way McNabb did — he’s not built for it.
  • It will become very difficult for the Eagles not to get rookie WR Riley Cooper on the field. Cooper is big, fast and does everything well. He can play outside or inside, and before the season is out, I’m betting Cooper will be the second-best option — behind DeSean Jackson — in the Eagles’ passing game.
  • I’m convinced QB Michael Vick is going to play this season, and not just in the Wildcat formation. He’ll see spot play during certain drives and will line up under center. I see the Eagles using him heavily on bootlegs to his left, utilizing his legs — and he showed me he’s recovered from his two-year layoff. Vick better learn to slide or avoid taking hits or — like Kolb — he won’t survive the season.
  • The Achilles’ heel of the Eagles’ fast and undersized defense is a severe lack of inside pass rush. The combination of Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Trevor Laws, Antonio Dixon and rookie Daniel Te’o-Nesheim might be the worst in the league. I can only imagine what Trent Cole’s sack total would be if he played next to an inside pass rushing threat, like DE Jared Allen has in DT Kevin Williams.

— Brian Baldinger

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