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Kurt Warner on Kevin Kolb: “He’s not pulling the trigger”

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Last weekend Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly called Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolbscared” and “skittish.”

Kolb fired back, but after a few days for things to settle, the reviews aren’t getting any better for the free agent flop, with the latest bruise to his ego coming from his own side.

Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner said he was concerned about the lack of progress from Kolb, and wonders if he has the confidence in himself to succeed.

“I see the same thing I saw last year,” Warner told Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “I see a guy who hasn’t been able to grasp the system enough to slow the game down, or he doesn’t have confidence in what he’s seeing.

“Maybe he understands what the offense is asking him to do, but the game is going too fast, and he’s not pulling the trigger.”

That may actually sting more than Kelly questioning his courage, because Warner has no reason to disparage Kolb at a personal level.

Bickley does suggest that Warner was getting texts asking him to come out of retirement after the latest game, but Warner said it was tough understanding Kolb’s lack of success.

“I’ve been in games when it’s hard to get the game to slow down, and it’s not a fun place to be,” Warner said. “Everything looks like a jumbled mess. Sometimes you’re nervous, sometimes you’re anxious.

“When I watch him on film, it looks like he’s looking in the right spots. But that doesn’t mean he’s seeing it, or that he’s seeing what I’m seeing. But he’s looking at it and not letting the ball go. What’s causing that?”

The momentum seems to be building for John Skelton to start, and no offense to the former fifth-rounder from Fordham, but his promotion has as much to do with him being not Kolb as anything he’s done.

That makes Kolb nothing short of an embarrassing and expensive blunder, one that’s going to take the Cardinals years to recover from.

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24 Responses to “Kurt Warner on Kevin Kolb: “He’s not pulling the trigger””
  1. floriosfuglykid2 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:33 AM

    I’d say a #1 and a #2 will get you Nick Foles. Oh wait, that’s next year.

  2. joetoronto says: Aug 22, 2012 9:34 AM

    “That may actually sting more than Kelly questioning his courage, because Warner has no reason to disparage Kolb at a personal level.”

    What reason did Kelly have to say what he said?

    He’ll probably never see the guy again, he was merely being candid.

  3. godofwine330 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:38 AM

    @ Kurt Warner – “When I watch him on film, it looks like he’s looking in the right spots. But that doesn’t mean he’s seeing it, or that he’s seeing what I’m seeing. But he’s looking at it and not letting the ball go. What’s causing that?”

    I like that. I mean really. He’s looking in the right places but that doesn’t mean that he sees it or that he sees what I see. That is an accurate observation. I don’t know if Kolb sees it either and he doesn’t have the benefit of a pass with Skelton so heavy on his heels. He’s got to get it soon, but I think the rush to get it is causing him trouble because he knows that if he doesn’t get it that he is going to lose his job.

    In the end, it may benefit him to lose his job so that he can get the game to slow down for him. Let Skelton fail (he hopes) and then go in when he feels comfortable. If he gets the nod and then he plays bad he may not get a chance to start again with this team.

  4. kreedos says: Aug 22, 2012 9:43 AM

    Its looking more and more like someone may get fired for this. I’m a fan of Coach Whiz and what he has done for the organization, but, his blunders on the QB position since Warner left are serious offenses.

  5. kh221 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:43 AM

    I trust Warner’s opinion on this. He was a deer in headlights in his last seasons with the Rams and until re-inventing himself with the Cardinals. Difference is, Warner had the previous success and ability… Kolb is just scared.

  6. firesnyder says: Aug 22, 2012 10:06 AM

    The Redskins will trade you Kirk Cousins for a solid O-lineman.

  7. anonymous135 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:17 AM

    Kolb wasn’t a free agent bust.

    Much much worse, the Cards traded for him with a second round pick and a pretty good CB in Rodgers-Cromartie, and then that killer contract.

    I wonder what entices a team to sign a player to a big deal before they’ve done anything for you. What’s the risk to not signing someone – you have to pay an extra million.

    I’d rather pay a bit more later knowing what we have vs paying a lot now

  8. tonyinmd says: Aug 22, 2012 10:21 AM

    No worries, I heard the Eagles are going to trade them Mike Kafka for the Cardinals 2nd round pick and Larry Fitzgerald. Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt are ready to strike again.

  9. historicfacepalm says: Aug 22, 2012 10:31 AM

    Free agent flop? He was acquired in a trade.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 22, 2012 10:38 AM

    As crazy as this might sound now, I think the day will come when the Cardinals are kicking themselves for discarding Matt Leinart. (For what it’s worth, that’s coming from a guy who was thrilled his Titans took VY instead of Leinart. Yes,that made us even more wrong than the Cardinals.)

  11. mogogo1 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    kreedos says:

    Its looking more and more like someone may get fired for this. I’m a fan of Coach Whiz and what he has done for the organization, but, his blunders on the QB position since Warner left are serious offenses.
    __________________

    Totally agree. Time is growing short for Whiz to get things turned around. The move that still baffles me was dumping Leinart during the preseason when both backups at the time were playing terribly. That simply couldn’t have been football-related; Leinart either said something unforgivable or he was messing around with Whiz’s wife or daughter. I was never sold on Leinart, but that move basically gave an entire season away before it had even started. And now the fix for that blunder isn’t working out, either.

  12. arzcardinals says: Aug 22, 2012 10:44 AM

    Not a free agent flop…u idiots
    It was a trade

  13. chesslungo says: Aug 22, 2012 10:54 AM

    I swear John Clayton made Arz trade 2 2nds for Kolb

  14. norcalmafia says: Aug 22, 2012 10:55 AM

    Cardinals have some good pieces on that team they just need a qb….Whiz needs to stop being stubborn and admit the mistake..Let Skelton start so Fitz can actually get the ball.That being said theyre still better than Seattle or St Louis..Heres how the west will end up.
    49ers……10-6
    Cards..,…8-8
    Hawks……7-9
    Rams……..7-9

  15. cardsmac says: Aug 22, 2012 11:17 AM

    The Redskins will trade you Kirk Cousins for a solid O-lineman.

    I’m sure the cardinals would consider that, IF they had a solid O-lineman…

  16. mymorningstory says: Aug 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    Kurt is 110% right. Kolb isn’t pulling the trigger.. The ironic part is that,

    Kolb used to pull the trigger sometimes too soon in Philadelphia. He won the job over Mcnabb basically because he wasn’t afraid to get it into tight spaces.

    Whatever happened to Mcnabb in philly, seems to have happened to kolb in AZ. To afraid to let go of the ball.

  17. kreedos says: Aug 22, 2012 11:43 AM

    The Cards are in the market for a Tackle and a QB …I dont see the Rams winning 7 games this year.

    I’ll have a record prediction for the Cards after Thursdays game. They can still be a wild card contender off the Defense and the Backfield alone*

    *Barring the health of the running backs.

  18. dwoofer says: Aug 22, 2012 11:45 AM

    I think I know why Whiz acquired Kolb. A couple of years ago, while still with the Eagles, Kolb started a game at San Fran, and led the Eags to a victory.
    I think Whiz saw a guy that could beat his most hated division rival.
    Too bad it didn’t work out like that when Kolb put on the Cardinals uniform.

  19. urrealitycheck says: Aug 22, 2012 11:48 AM

    The 49ers are going to release either Josh Johnson or Scott Tolzien…..they won’t be able to keep 4 quarterbacks. Those guys read the #2 defenses easily and can be attained for cheap. Watch the NFL replays and you’ll agree.

  20. prince5000 says: Aug 22, 2012 12:23 PM

    Look at the mess Arizona and the Jets are in with the QB situation. Then look at what Seattle did – sign Matt Flynn to a modest contract and draft a rookie who was a little undervalued. Now, it looks like the Seahawks have one of those GOOD problems at QB. Say what you will about Pete Carroll, he’s looking a lot smarter than these clowns.

  21. azfiremagoo says: Aug 22, 2012 1:05 PM

    Bottom line we had to do something. What can you say they tried and it didn’t work out. It did allow us to sign Fitz and it is not going hurt us terribly going forward. Contract is extremely back loaded and all salary not significant bonus left to be paid. The 7mill this year was rostrr so it is already accounted for. He’ll be cut after this year and won’t be much of a cap hinderance.

  22. filmex2000 says: Aug 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    “Bottom line we had to do something. What can you say they tried and it didn’t work out.”

    What can you say? You can say Whiz wouldn’t recognize a top-tier NFL QB if he was camped out in his living room.

    The Cards have paid Kolb $20 million to date, including a one million bonus for simply attending camp this year. And what have they gotten? Nothing at all, except a confused, happy-footed guy with a glass jaw.

    Andy Reid knows when to get rid of failing QBs–think A.J. Feely, Donovan McNabb and Kolb. Plus he can take a guy like Nick Foles, who never looked better than average at U of A, and make him look like an NFL starter in two pre-season games!

    And while the Cards have desperately needed to upgrade the O-line, as usual Whiz and Graveyard Graves think they’re the smartest guys in the room, and try to do so on the cheap with predictable results.

    Meanwhile, they WASTE their top pick on another fleet receiver when they already can’t get the ball to Fitz or early Doucet.

    How Whiz keeps his job is a miracle. His whole rep is based on when he had Warner at QB and Todd Haley calling plays. Since then he has been exposed as simply running a retirement village for over-the-hill Steelers.

  23. jkaflagg says: Aug 22, 2012 6:02 PM

    I remember questioning acquiring a QB from Philly, and all the experts said “oh no – this guy is different”…..trading for an Eagles QB is the equivalent of trading for a Braves pitcher in baseball; Lou Piniella used to say you should run from the room when Atlanta offered to trade you a pitcher…..

    That said…..someone will fall in love with Kafka or Foles, send the Eagles a nice pick and find out the horrible truth…away from Philly these guys are average at best.

  24. raiderapologist says: Aug 22, 2012 7:46 PM

    “That may actually sting more than Kelly questioning his courage, because Warner has no reason to disparage Kolb at a personal level.”
    ————
    Kelly didn’t question his courage. He just said he looked scared. If you have ever had to stand up for yourself or someone else when what you really want to do is hide under the bed because you’re afraid, you understand the difference. Kolb didn’t refuse to take the field. He was just rattled.

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