• September 21, 2023

Eagles Looking To Put Pressure On Cards’ QB Kevin Kolb

Andy Reid had nothing but nice things to say about former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb when asked about his play on Wednesday.

“I tell you, Kevin managed that game very well on Sunday”, Kolb said. “I thought he did a great job with that and he mixed it up. They do a lot of different things offensively. I’d tell you yes. He’s a good football player and he did well in that game.”

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham wasn’t as shrewd with his talk about Kolb.  He basically said what he was told in the defensive meeting.

“We’ve got to put the pressure on him”, Graham said.  “That’s what we seen happen to him when he was here.   Put the pressure on him, he’s a different guy.  If you let him sit back there he’ll pick you a part a little bit.”

This let’s you know how the Eagles really feel about Kolb.  If they’re telling their defensive players that he’s a different quarterback when you put pressure on him, it let’s you why they got rid of him.  That’s the book on Kolb throughout the National Football League.  Pressure him and he will fall apart.

Kolb can’t be feeling real good about looking at the tape of the Birds first two games.  The Eagles love to play tight man-to-man coverages, which will make a quarterback hold onto the football, while the pass rushers are closing in on the quarterback.   The Eagles defense has been able to make the quarterback start feeling the pass rush pressure around before his wide receivers get downfield into their routes.

As for Graham, he has played only 13 total snaps from the defensive end position in the season’s first two games, but he’s made the most of them.  He got two hits on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, during the four pass plays that the Ravens ran against the Birds.

The backup defensive end got some support from one of the team’s starting defensive ends, Trent Cole.

“He had –what – nine snaps? And he put pressure and hit the quarterback two times? I’d say he’s coming along,”  Cole said. “We need him in there.”


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September 20, 2012 11:09 am

Its simple really…. make Kolb beat you early. I would send 6 or 7 at him on the first drive. Knick him down. Late hit? might be worth it. Put him on his back and he wont/cant recover. Im not talking about hurting him. Im not talking about cheap shots, there is no room for that crap. But….. let him know you are there. He does NOT have the ability to keep looking down field and win late in games if the pressure is there. He’s soft. He’s weak. He’s Kolb.

For the birds…. id go deep early. Take shots down field and open this thing up a bit.

September 20, 2012 1:12 pm

Stevo- I agree 100%. Pressure him early and he will feel it the whole game. They have double Larry Fitz when he is not covered by DRC.

I disagree a little on he offensive side. I think that they should run the ball early to let these new linemen get a feel and to slow down the defense who will be looking for Vick considering last weeks game. Runs, screens, quick outs and 6-8 passes to Celek to get the ball out of Vick’s hands early. Then hit them with the deep ball when they cheat.

September 20, 2012 3:52 pm

Bugsy, I agree. A good week to get the screens and draws working, slow down the cards D-line. Maybe some double tight-end sets to help block at LT and add another reciever in the short passing game.