This means the Birds must be able to go to a play which is nearly impossible to stop. They need a play or connection that they can rely on to get them going. I see that in the connection between Kevin Kolb and Brent Celek.
Last year in both of Kolb’s starts, Celek caught over 100 yards of passes, so most NFL analysts expected the Kolb-Celek to be one of the most potent quarterback-tight end combos in the league.
Kolb does a good job of working the middle of the field which is where Celek will be operating. Because of the other weapons in the offense, the tight end will be working against the linebackers and most of the time, he’ll be one-on-one against a backer. Kolb to Celek must become a lethal connection for opponents.
We haven’t seen it yet, but it needs to kick in this Sunday. Celek and Kolb, who are best friends, must get on the same page and establish a working relationship which will allow Kolb to get Celek the ball to start off series; when he gets in trouble; on3rd and 5 or less; in the red zone and with games on the line.
Both Kolb and Celek weren’t concerned about that lack of hook ups during the preseason, they feel everything will fall into place once the season starts.
I’m not thrilled about Kolb throwing a high number of short routes to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin because I don’t know if they’ll be able to stay healthy after getting pounded, but Celek is big enough to catch those passes in traffic, get hit, but hang onto the football.
Once Kolb gets things started with throws to Celek, he will establish himself and then he can start looking deeper for Jackson and Maclin. The threat of Jackson’s speed will open up the field for all his teammates, but they need the Kolb and Celek combination to kick in as a starter.