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Whisenhunt calls Kolb’s first game a success

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New Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb played in two series in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Raiders, and he didn’t lead the Cardinals to any points. But Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he liked what he saw.

“For only having five practices, I though he performed well,” Whisenhunt said of Kolb. “There’s a leadership quality to him that I’m excited to see.”

Kolb’s first pass was an ugly one: The Raiders blitzed and Kolb hurried a throw to Larry Fitzgerald, who didn’t run the route Kolb thought he would. The ball fell incomplete about 10 yards from where Fitzgerald was standing.

But Kolb also hit Fitzgerald on a deep ball down the sideline for 43 yards, and picked up 17 yards on another completion to Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was well-covered on the 43-yard reception but managed to grab the ball by reaching over Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

“That’s his specialty, right?” Kolb said. “The guy had him beat, I gave him a shot at it anyways, and he squeezed it and made a great play. That’s why I am glad he is red and white.”

Kolb went 4-of-7 for 68 yards and also had a 15-yard run on third-and-10. Whisenhunt was satisfied.

“For it to be this early in the process with him, I am very excited about that,” Whisenhunt said. “We still have a lot of installation, a lot of stuff that we are going to do yet, but that is a good point to grow from.”

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24 Responses to “Whisenhunt calls Kolb’s first game a success”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 12, 2011 6:52 AM

    The Cardinals are still going to have to get a wideout opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Team’s will start to figure out that is who Kolb wants to go to and will start to double or triple team Larry.

  2. deanvernonwormer says: Aug 12, 2011 6:57 AM

    Wow, man. That’s great. Very exciting. I guess we have a hall of famer in the making. Another Todd Blackledge.

  3. orthodoxdj says: Aug 12, 2011 7:08 AM

    Don’t get too excited. The Raiders’ secondary sucks.

  4. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 12, 2011 7:14 AM

    As a Philly fan, I wish kolb good luck. I agree, they def need to get Fitz some help.

  5. birdobeamen says: Aug 12, 2011 7:19 AM

    Is it wrong of me to miss Kolb more than I miss McNabb?

  6. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 12, 2011 7:25 AM

    If you miss kolb that’s understandable, but this is a business. VY as a back up is just fine, especially bc we got a 2 and DRC for kolb. Eagles O line and D looked very good vs the ravens 1st string. oh to all the cullen haters, did you see the hit he put on flacco?? Eagles will win the NFC east…. We’ll have to wait and see how far they go. Go birds!

  7. eagleswin says: Aug 12, 2011 7:37 AM

    birdobeamen says:Aug 12, 2011 7:19 AM

    Is it wrong of me to miss Kolb more than I miss McNabb?

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    Not really. McNabbs best years are behind him and Kolb’s are still in front of him.

    If the Cards pick up Lee Evans at a low cost, they could have a dangerous passing game.

  8. hotpappyjohnson says: Aug 12, 2011 7:43 AM

    Bobby Hoying the sequel

  9. deljzc says: Aug 12, 2011 7:56 AM

    In three years, we’re going to look back at Philadelphia’s decision to keep Vick and trade Kolb as very questionable and maybe a blunder so large it will cost Andy Reid his job (or at least cause enough strife for him to step down).

  10. goawayeverybody says: Aug 12, 2011 8:05 AM

    If Terrell Owens weren’t such a dip, he would be perfect opposite Larry, provided that his knee recovers fully.

  11. ejmat2 says: Aug 12, 2011 8:05 AM

    I know it’s too early to tell anything but I guess some can call it a success. Personally, I didn’t think he did great but did okay. Just remember most of his yards were because of a great catch by Larry Fitzgerald. Not to knock on Kolb because he did what he was supposed to do on that by giving Fitz a chance. However, let’s not act as if it was because of Kolb’s talent.

    I’m not saying he will or won’t be a good QB. I can say he’s probably better than at least half the starters in the NFL. But seriously, until the guy can show he can take a team on his shoulders he’s just a mediocre QB, in my opinion, right now.

  12. damayan5 says: Aug 12, 2011 8:09 AM

    “He was beat but i threw it anyway because he’s Fitzgerald.” – I don’t know if that’s really the way to become a good QB…
    But yeah it works with Fitzgerald although i bet the INT numbers will get pretty high this season.

  13. oldbyrd says: Aug 12, 2011 8:15 AM

    pretty typical Kolb game. Not worth what turned out to be a 1st and a 2nd pick

  14. stevemo says: Aug 12, 2011 8:16 AM

    eagleswin says: Aug 12, 2011 7:37 AM

    If the Cards pick up Lee Evans at a low cost, they could have a dangerous passing game.

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    As opposed to overpaying for him, which would result in having a pedestrian passing game.

  15. macjacmccoy says: Aug 12, 2011 8:35 AM

    It was funny once the trade happen and everyone said it wasnt going to workout bc Fitzgerald is a down the field receiver and Kolb is a dink and dunk west coast guy. It was funny bc they just made it up on the spot and then kept defending it like it was written in the bible. Kolb has above average arm strength and deep accuracy. If you watched any of his games and didnt just read things on the internet or look at stats you would know that Kolb threw the ball down the field early and often. Eagles are a down the field team yes its technically a west coast offense but AR has his own style of the system.

    And thats the system Kolb was raised in. The guy doesnt have a problem getting the ball down field on target. He and Fitz are gonna be a dangerous combination. Look how good they hooked up today and that was only after 5 days of practice.

    The Cardinals Eagles trade was great for both teams and your fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Kolb is gonna be a menace in the NFC West for years to come.

  16. luckyarmpit says: Aug 12, 2011 9:11 AM

    Glad Kolb found a home, and I’m glad Fitzgerald finally has someone that can give him the ball and let him live up to his full potential. I hope the Cardinals do well this year.

  17. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    I loved DeMarcus Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins.”

  18. thehighhat says: Aug 12, 2011 9:25 AM

    They’ll be 4-12 with Kolb at best. At worst, he’ll be on the IR by game 4 with that awful o-line.

  19. ejmat2 says: Aug 12, 2011 10:14 AM

    luckyarmpit says:
    Aug 12, 2011 9:11 AM
    Glad Kolb found a home, and I’m glad Fitzgerald finally has someone that can give him the ball and let him live up to his full potential. I hope the Cardinals do well this year.
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    FINALLY???? didn’t he have Kurt Warner for a few years? I heard he was okay.

  20. jfuzman says: Aug 12, 2011 11:09 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I wish nothing but the best for K-Kolb. He might never turn out to be an All-Pro, but he is a class act, a smart player, and a certain upgrade over the other Cardinals QB options. They are getting a surely decent-to-good QB who, with some probability, could end up being very good.

  21. r8derfan33 says: Aug 12, 2011 11:24 AM

    Did anybody watch the game? Against the first team D, he was all over the place! He was scrambling for his life back there! Kolb looked like crap and fortunately for him he plays in a horrible division. The catch to future HOF Fitzgerald was all Fitzgerald. He just threw it up against a 2nd string rookie. Van Dyke was there but Fitzgerald is just a beast. He started to make passes against our 2nd team and drove to the goaline and still couldn’t score. I understand this is the first preseason game and I’m sure he’s going to do fine in this league but he didn’t have a very good first game.

  22. darkerdaze says: Aug 12, 2011 12:53 PM

    For everyone that didn’t watch the game…..the Raiders starting CB’s Routte, and Johnson were only in for the 1 st series which Kolb looked like complete crap on. The 43 yrd pass to Fitz was an unbelievable 1 handed catch against great coverage by the Rookie Van Dyke.

    Kolb was able to pass all over the Raiders 2nd and 3rd string DB’s. And was given a lot of opportunities by pass interference calls against the raiders on a few drives. Would like to see both teams 1st strings in a little while longer on the next game. Overall solid performances by both teams, seen a lot to work with and some definite areas that need improvement.

    Bottom line….happy to have football back!!

  23. zeussuperman says: Aug 12, 2011 1:45 PM

    deljzc says: Aug 12, 2011 7:56 AM

    In three years, we’re going to look back at Philadelphia’s decision to keep Vick and trade Kolb as very questionable and maybe a blunder so large it will cost Andy Reid his job (or at least cause enough strife for him to step down).

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    Cardinals thread, buddy. Keep your pathetic Eagles hate to the 20 stories PFT runs on the Eagles a day, please!

  24. undevelopedroll says: Aug 12, 2011 10:23 PM

    Whatever. The Cards will be improved this year and the Eagles will play well. In the end however, Philadelphia players will watch the Super Bowl where they always do, popcorn bowl in hand, at home, on television.

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