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Eagles QB Kolb hits airwaves, expresses desire to be starter

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Kevin Kolb was anointed the Eagles' starting quarterback at the start of the 2010 season. He also wants a starting job in 2011, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere.

Kolb reiterated that desire Tuesday on the Dan Patrick radio show, according to the Eagles' official website.

"My big deal is I just want to start somewhere," said Kolb, who lost his job to Michael Vick after being injured in the season opener. "I feel like I'm ready and have confidence that I can do a good job. I had a meeting with Andy (Reid, the Eagles' coach) and told him that I feel like I'm prepared, I'm ready to take that next step.

"People may call me crazy, but I trust Andy. He's always done what's best for (me) and our team and my career. I really believe that. And I know he'll do the same thing here, regardless of what that may be, whatever he thinks is right.

"But I'm looking into my fifth year now, so it's time. I think I've learned as much as I can possibly learn by sitting on the bench and watching and coming in in relief. I'm ready to just get out there and get in that full mode of being a starter, (having) the entire offseason, the whole deal. There are going to be some highs and lows and some bumps. I know that. But I'm ready to iron those out on the field and then keep moving forward and getting better as a football player."

The Eagles are prepared to use their franchise tag on Michael Vick, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi reported Sunday, citing a league source. Vick replaced Kolb, who has one year left on his contract, after the starter sustained a concussion in Week 1.

Vick, 30, set career highs in passing yards (3,018), touchdown passes (21), rushing touchdowns (nine), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2) this past season, less than two years after he was released from a federal-prison sentence on dogfighting charges. The Eagles, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Super Bowl-bound Green Bay Packers, went 8-3 in games Vick started.

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