In what seems a purely political move on the part of Kevin Kolb, the new Eagles' quarterback and native Texan said recently that, in his time in Philadelphia, he has learned to hate the Dallas Cowboys, the team that rules his home state and decisively whipped the Eagles thrice last season.
In Matt Mosley's NFC East Blog on ESPN.com, Kolb promised Eagles fans that where he was born (Victoria), raised (Stephenville), and went to school (Houston) has had no hand in influencing his feelings toward the ever-hated America's Team. To be specific, Mosley asked Kolb if he had developed a "hatred" for the blue and silver.
Here is the young quarterback's response:
"Oh yeah, definitely," Kolb said. "I liked them a little bit growing up, but my first love of an NFL team was the Eagles. I was so involved with my Dad's teams growing up that I was up at the fieldhouse on Sundays, and didn't have a chance to watch a lot of games. So I promise you I bleed green at this point.
"There should be no concern about my past."
Kolb, of course, will take over at quarterback for Philly this season, replacing long-time starter Donovan McNabb, who was traded to the Washington Redskins this offseason. After a disappointing end to 2009, Kolb will be charged with flourishing immediately in one of the most scrutinized positions in football. To prepare, Kolb has reached out to another native Texan, the Saints' Drew Brees.
"With Brees, I want to know about the structure of his week and his overall preparation," said Kolb. "In my first two starts, I wanted to be totally prepared, but I also didn't want to overdo it. ...I think Drew was in the limelight probably more than he wanted to be [in 2009]. I want to talk to him about how he stays so focused while balancing so many other responsibilities."