During and after the season, the following NFL football teams changed head coaches: Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos. That’s seven teams that fired their head coach and hired another one, which is almost a quarter of the league.
In the NFL as in other areas of life, perception is reality. Head coaches throughout the NFL have noticed that coaches who don’t get productive seasons by their quarterbacks, get fired. In previous eras, owners were willing to struggle for a few years and in order to wait for a head coach to get his system in place.
Now when NFL owners see a Tampa Bay team turn around overnight with young coach Raheem Morris and young quarterback Josh Freeman, they also want immediate success. When owners around the league see the immediate success of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, they have become more impatient therefore head coaches don’t have the luxury of waiting.
That’s why I believe Kolb’s stock will continue to rise to the point where another NFL team will be willing to give up at least a first-round draft pick and maybe more to acquire him.
There’s a lot of talk about Kolb, today on Super Bowl Sunday. You’ve heard about the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who let us know that Arizona’s Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has encouraged the Cardinals to acquire the services of Kolb from the Eagles. Fitzgerald’s contract will be up after next season, so the Cardinals are probably taking his comments very seriously.
Now you have the NFL Network’s Albert Breer writing about his belief that the Seattle Seahawks may make another run at Kolb. Breer talked about how the Seahawks went after Kolb last year, but he thinks they could go after him again.
“One way for the Seahawks to address their quarterbacking question could be to make another run at Kevin Kolb. And trust this: If Kolb is out there, there will be plenty of suitors for his services, and the Eagles will be able to extract a pretty hefty haul. Remember, the Browns and Seahawks made inquiries last offseason about Kolb but were rebuffed as it became clear the Eagles preference was to deal Donovan McNabb. Cleveland, of course, has insight because of GM Tom Heckert’s Philadelphia roots, while Seattle was another West Coast offense team that figured Kolb’s transition could be a smooth one. The Browns’ interest might be gone because of the emergence of Colt McCoy, but other pursuers that weren’t around, like the Cardinals, 49ers and Vikings, could be in the running this time. Makes sense, right, that a 26-year-old quarterback with an Andy Reid pedigree would be in demand? Of course it does. So expect the price to be pretty steep.”
You know that Andy Reid, Howie Roseman, Joe Banner, and the rest of the Eagles brass are reading these stories and smiling. They’re also making note of the report by Schefter. The Birds front office is thinking about upping the ante of what they will want for the services of Kevin Kolb. They may have been thinking about a first-round pick previously, but now they’re thinking about a first-round pick and a player or additional pick.