Sheil Kapadia is the Online Sports Editor at philly.com.
Who says coaches keep everything vanilla in the preseason? The Chiefs blitzed Eagles QB Kevin Kolb on 11 of his 25 pass attempts. On those plays, Kolb was 5-for-11 for 57 yards and an interception. On the rest of his throws, Kolb was 6-for-14 for 46 yards.
In the first two preseason games, we saw Kolb make quite a few accurate throws while on the run. That didn't happen here. Kolb was 0-for-4 on attempts outside the pocket and 11-for-21 on throws in the pocket. Perhaps he was making a concerted effort to stay in the pocket until the last possible moment, after he admitted to leaving a little early at times against the Bengals.
Kolb did not have a lot of success in the shotgun. He was 4-for-12 for 44 yards on those attempts and 7-for-13 for 59 yards under center.
The Eagles had no success on play-action passes, as Kolb was 1-for-6 for 8 yards on those throws.
THIRD DOWN, RED ZONE
Perhaps no stat tells the story better than third down. Kolb was 0-for-7 on third-down attempts. On three of those throws, he targeted Maclin. On the other four, he looked for Avant, Washington, Bell and McCoy.
Kolb attempted three red-zone passes, and they were all incomplete.