Cardinals vets supporting Kolb, because they need him now

AP

When Kevin Kolb lost the starting job in Arizona, two of the team’s leaders went to him offering support.

Not because they thought the decision was wrong or unfair, but because they knew they’d need him again at some point.

But then John Skelton didn’t get through the opener, and now the job’s Kolb’s again by default.

I hope it was very humbling for him,” safety Adrian Wilson told Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated. “I hope he understands what he has to do from this point forward. He has to play with that same type of edge all the time. It’s not something that you do sometimes. It’s an all-the-time thing.

“He had an OK preseason and didn’t win the job, so now he has something to prove. There’s a different level of ‘want to’. So I hope it was very humbling for him.”

Wilson and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett have supported Kolb, an action born out of expedience as much as emotional bond.

“Me being in the league for eight or nine years, I’m not dumb,” Dockett said. “I knew his phone would ring at some point and we’d need him again. When you have leaders and captains down on you, it takes away all of your confidence. I wanted to be one of those guys who supported him even at his lowest, because when that time came for him to play again, even if others didn’t believe in him, he could look at certain leaders and certain playmakers and know that they’ve got his back. That means a lot.”

Kolb’s been through this before in Philadelphia, so he knows what it’s like to create an opportunity through short-term means.

And it’s not as if the Cardinals are adrift and incapable of doing anything with him at the helm. They’ve won eight of their last 10 regular season games after last year’s strong finish (though that came after Kolb lost six straight starts), and have enough parts in place to compete in the NFC West with competent quarterback play.

If that’s Kolb, they’re fine with that.

9 responses to “Cardinals vets supporting Kolb, because they need him now

  1. As long as the Cards coaches are willing to cut down their playbook to the WCO type of plays along with their No-Huddle packages, Kolb should do fine as long as the Offensive line gives him time for a 3 step drop and a two progression read. Kolb’s own statement shows he has still not mastered the Cards playbook as he is still guessing what the Cards coaches are trying to do with the plays they call from the side. Kolb admits he does much better when he gets to call the plays since he calls the ones he knows how to execute and what to expect out of them. As long as the Cards coaches recognize what works with Kolb, Kolb should be able to move the offense. Ask him for more out of the Cards playbook when it involves multiple reads and long timing patterns and the Cards are asking for trouble, again. BTW, Skelton did a lot of his 4th quarter comebacks last year while running the No-Huddle and the limited regular passing package the Cards coaches assembled for him. With the skilled players the Cards have, it is easy tosee why the No-Huddle and WC type offense plays would work well for them.

  2. I believe that the problem (there are several with the cardinals, so this should be phrased “one of the problems” I guess) is that wisenhunt seems to be intent on pushing his system and not tailoring it to the strengths of the qb. Warner was the exception, but he had hailey as a coordinator and their relationship, albeit intense and fiery seemed to work. Since then, the coaching staff seems to be trying to fit a square plug into a round hole.

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