McNabb, Kolb React To Passing Of Garrett Reid

A pair of former Eagles quarterbacks expressed their sympathies upon hearing about the death of Andy Reid‘s son, Garrett.

“I was both shocked and saddened when I heard the news this morning of Garrett’s passing,” said Donovan McNabb in a statement. “During my time [in Philadelphia], both Garrett and Britt spent a lot of time around the football team and I know how much Andy loves them.  I spent a lot of time with Andy and his family; we had a great friendship…we still do. My heart goes out to Andy, Tammy and the rest of the Reid family. I cannot imagine what they are feeling right now. God be with them.”

Kevin Kolb had this to say:

“Anyone that’s been around Andy for any amount of time knows how important family is and how much his kids mean to him. This is devastating news. My heart goes out to Andy and Tammy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them right now.”

There has been an outpouring of support for Reid and his family in the NFL community. Here is a link to some of that reaction.

Thanks To Philly, Kolb ‘Numb’ To Controversy

It’s hard to believe less than a year has passed since the Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.

At the time, it seemed like Kolb would finally get his chance. After sitting patiently behind Donovan McNabb, suffering an injury in the first game of the 2011 season and getting passed over for Michael Vick, Kolb signed a six-year, $65M contract and appeared set to be the Cardinals’ signal-caller for years to come.

But things didn’t exactly go according to plan.

Kolb again battled through injuries, starting nine games, while completing just 57.7 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. John Skelton’s number’s were horrible – 54.9 percent completions, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions – but the Cardinals were 5-2 with him as the starter (you may recall one of those games at the Linc).

This season, the two quarterbacks will battle it out for the starting job, and former player Willie McGinest recently said on NFL Network that Cardinals players seem to prefer Skelton. But Kolb, as he did while with the Eagles, is trying to keep his cool and earn his spot.

“I started in Philly,” Kolb said, per Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic. “I got drafted behind Donovan McNabb. So I walked into controversy. Then (Michael) Vick came in behind me. More controversy. And now this.

“I’m just numb to it. I’ve been through so much stuff I’m just numb to it now. It’s such a luxury because I don’t have to worry about everything. I’m mature enough to say, it’ll wash right off. I’ll just play my game and it’ll be fine.”

In Philadelphia, Kolb actually never competed for the starting job during training camp. But now he’ll have training camp and the preseason to prove he gives the Cardinals their best chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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