Originally posted by excelsior:
No one has made a convincing case that we should want Kolb over Alex Smith, even if Kolb was a FA where you wouldn't have to give up a valuable draft choice.
In his entire 4 year career, he has played in only 16 games, so he has little game experience. Although playing for one of the very best offensive oraganizations, he has put up less than steller numbers. This year alone, he played in 5 games:
Vs Wash 76.0 rating 1 TD 1 INT
Vs SF 103.3 1 0
Vs Atl 133.6 3 1
Vs Tenn 56.9 1 2
Vs Dal 37.0 1 3
Finished the year at 76.1 rating with 7 TDs and 7 INTs.
His record reminds you of JTO and Troy Smith: They started with a splash, then with a little film on them, they sink into putrid play.
So tell me why you want to give up a 2nd round choice for him?
Let me give you some perspective of what the Eagles did Week 17 vs. Dallas. They had clinched the 3 seed. They had nothing to gain or lose. The played only 2 offensive starters. Kolb's leading WR's were Chad Hall and Clay Harbor (who?). Behind a line of backups Kolb was sacked 6 times. If you take away the Dallas game his numbers are as follows:
97-153, 1035 yds, 6 TD, 4 INT
QB Rating 85.2
A better rating than Alex Smith has EVER had.
A completion percentage of 63.3% which is better than Alex.
Also Kolb is well versed in WCO, fitting Harbaugh's system perfectly. Kolb learned it from Reid, who has done a marvelous job with QBs throughout his career. Reid put all his faith in Kolb when the team dealt McNabb and entered '10 with Kolb as starter. Who knows what would have happened had Kolb not gotten injured. Alex is a spread QB who operates most comfortably from the gun.
Plus there is the matter of the eyeball test. Kolb looks like a pro QB to me. Alex looks like a bust pretending to be one.