All of the media walked into the locker room and circled the wagons around Kevin Kolb’s locker. With Michael Vick still ailing and yet to throw a pass, it looks like he’s going to be the guy at the helm again this week when the Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons.
This is a 4-1 Falcon club that is considered one of the best teams in the NFC. The Eagles will need all hands on deck this weekend and they must step up their game, if they want to beat the Atlanta.
Once Kolb walked up and jumped in the middle of the circle around his locker, it didn’t take long for somebody to ask him about why he’s been having trouble getting the ball to DeSean Jackson.
“Defenses have been doing a good job against him, but I’ve got to do a better job of getting him the ball”, Kolb responded. “He’s a dynamic player and we have to get the ball in his hands, and we’ll do a good job. At the same time, and he understands this, when it’s like that, other guys get the chances.”
I think Kolb is doing the right thing by going through his progressions in the pocket and getting the ball out of his hands to the first open receiver. Of course that doesn’t explain why Vick has been able to get him the ball, consistently.
When asked whether he thought Jackson showed any signs of being frustrated Kolb responded, “No, DeSean, along with the rest of the guys, are very good about that. We have good, team-oriented guys here. That’s what they brought in. That’s what [GM] Howie [Roseman] and [head coach] Andy [Reid] wanted to bring in. Every player wants his touches, and I’m the same way. Every player’s the same way. But [DeSean] doesn’t show any frustration. I’m sure he wants to get the ball, but he understands the team aspect of it, as well as the rest of us.”
Jackson wasn’t available for comment. He came into the locker room for a minute to get his jersey, football pants and shoulder pads, then took them into the training room. We’ll see if he talks later in the week.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. He’ll have to practice saying the right thing before he talks.
Kolb’s job of getting the ball to Jackson won’t be easier this weekend because he’s going to have King Dunlap protecting his blindside.
Jason Peters who was struggling at left tackle himself, is going to miss a few weeks because of a knee injury. That gives us a matchup of John Abraham versus Dunlap.
Kolb made it a point to say the right thing when asked about his confidence in Dunlap on his blindside. “First of all, I have total confidence in whoever’s out there”, Kolb said with a straight face. “I have a lot of confidence in [T] King [Dunlap]. I thought he did a good job the other night. He got beat the one time, but that was partly my fault, as well. Whoever’s out there, you have to have confidence in.”
They’re going to have to give Dunlap some help of it’s going to mean problems.