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“I don’t want to get caught up in what other guys are thinking and doing,” he said. “As a player you’ve got to understand that you’ve got to do your job and the rest of it will come along. I think I proved myself a little bit last year and these guys saw what I had on game day, but we always can get better. We’re always going to continue to get better and I want them to keep believing in me and knowing (if) there’s two minutes left and we’re down, that we’re going to win the game.”

Kolb has been groomed in this offense for three years. He filled in nicely as a starter when McNabb missed two games last season, and might even be more suited to run Philadelphia’s version of the West Coast offense.

“The best qualities that Kevin has, there’s many of them, but some of the better ones are his quick decision-making, and his accuracy, and his timing,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “He also has a good amount of skill and ability and I think he has some guts. Some guts and some gut instincts as well.”

Overall, the Eagles got much younger during the offseason _ all their projected starters on offense and defense are under 30. But they don’t consider themselves in a rebuilding mode.

“I don’t look at it as rebuilding, I look at it as retooling,” coach Andy Reid said. “Put guys in, and here we go.”