If you can do the job, you get the job. If you can’t do the job, then people will find somebody else who can do the job.
This is one of the greatest aspects of our country. My father Jesse Cobb always preached to us, “Nobody owes you anything”.
I need to get Pops down here to take the message to all the people crying for Kevin Kolb throughout the Delaware Valley.
Now I’m hearing and reading the word betrayal. Betrayal: to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to.
Did Andy Reid betray Kevin Kolb because he decided to play a player who was playing better? Did he betray Stacy Andrews when he traded him after telling him he was going to be the starter at guard? Can a player who is performing poorly contend that he was betrayed when he was benched?
My contention is he didn’t betray Kolb or Andrews this fall. They didn’t perform well so they were benched. This is life in the NFL. I’m shocked at all the crying that is going on here in Philadelphia.
Are we being too sensitive?
Kolb is guaranteed $12 for doing exactly what. I feel bad for him because he was benched but that’s no different than any of the other Eagles players I’ve seen benched for poor performances over the years.
If you ask me, Kolb could be prosecuted for theft because he hasn’t performed well since he was given the job after McNabb was traded.
Remember the Eagles coaches look at hours and hours of footage of their players. Kolb was sat down because he has been stinking up the place. Did you think Reid and his front office wanted to admit a mistake with Kolb? If they thought he had a chance of playing well, they would have left him in there as the starter, but they couldn’t do it and look themselves in the mirror.
I heard current NFL analyst and former NFL Personnel Executive Mike Lombardi on the 610-WIP Morning Show this morning and he asked a very important question. “Does anybody have any tape of Kevin Kolb playing well this summer”?
I’ll answer that, “it doesn’t exist”.
Lombardi saw the same thing I saw. We saw Kolb running out of the pocket like he was scared. Those shots of Clay Matthews chasing down Kolb were very revealing. There’s no other way to say it. The young man looked scared and he’s been looking scared for more than a month.
This is a vicious sport and it’s not for the faint of heart. If other players sense fear in a player, he’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
The NFL is like the lions hunting the antelopes in Africa. When a lion chases down an antelope, the other antelopes don’t stand there and feel bad about it. They keep running or they’ll be next.
The Eagles players sat in the video room and saw Kolb failing to get the job done throughout mini-camp, training camp, preseason and the first half of the first game. Do you think they want to let this guy hold them back and eventually hurt all of their careers?
Is it betrayal when a player doesn’t play well, then another player outperforms him and the coach sits him down?
I guess a lot of people in the area and in the local media believe that certain players shouldn’t be judged by their performances. I didn’t hear all this crying over the years when other better players were benched. It doesn’t look or sound good.