Kevin Kolb fits leadership profile
No longer Donovan McNabb's understudy, he steps into the Eagles' starting QB job
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Winston Justice felt the intense pain as soon as his right index finger snapped during that January game in Dallas last season.By the time the Philadelphia Eagles right tackle reached the sidelines, teammates and coaches alike winced at the sight of a digit so mangled it pointed sideways at a 90-degree angle. Backup quarterback Kevin Kolb was just as disgusted by the injury. What he didn't do, however, was allow his shock to prevent him from doing something helpful.
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“Then there are the lessons Kolb learned while sitting behind McNabb. "The big thing I saw from him was how he handled the highs and lows of the job," Kolb said. "Donovan taught me that there will always be peaks and valleys in this game. But no matter what is said, you can't listen to it. "In the NFL and especially in this city, people will get down on you. So you can't get too high and you can't get down on yourself." The way Kolb handled his three years on the bench has left a strong impression with his teammates. Rarely did a day go by when he wasn't throwing extra passes after practice or supporting McNabb any way possible. When teammates came to the sidelines during games, Kolb also was quick to offer advice on adjustments and defensive looks. He wanted the players to know his head was in the game even when his body wasn't. In turn, they saw a young quarterback with the potential to grow up in a hurry once his time came. Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant remembered how diligently Kolb prepared for his first career start last season, when an injury to McNabb left Philadelphia vulnerable in a big Week 2 game against New Orleans.
Donovan taught me that there will always be peaks and valleys in this game. But no matter what is said, you can't listen to it.” -- New Eagles starting QB Kevin Kolb, on advice he got from the man he succeeds, Donovan McNabb
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