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Kolb: “Stuff behind the scenes” led to his release

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From the outside looking in, the Cardinals’ decision to cut bait on quarterback Kevin Kolb seems fairly straightforward — new coach who didn’t bring him in elects to not give $2 million bonus to oft-injured and average passer who doesn’t fit scheme.

But Kolb indicated there was more to it than that, when he met with the Buffalo media.

There was a lot of stuff behind the scenes,” Kolb said of his final months with the Cards, via  Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “It was interesting how it all played out. But without going into too much detail, I wasn’t totally shocked it happened. . . .

“But there was a bit of a surprise there when it happened, even though a lot of arrows pointed in that direction. There were certain things being said that I tried to believe but at the same time I was trying to cover all my bases as well. That’s the best way to put it.”

Maybe there was a conspiracy. Maybe new coach Bruce Arians told him to hang tight, and tried to shake the tree to see if anyone would trade for Kolb (which would have been unlikely). Maybe Kolb heard what he wanted to hear.

Or maybe, Arians just didn’t want to be tied to a quarterback who had missed 17 games the previous two seasons.

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25 Responses to “Kolb: “Stuff behind the scenes” led to his release”
  1. kh221 says: Apr 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    I’m shocked a QB that can’t stay healthy and is average at best keeps getting paid millions.

  2. floratiotime says: Apr 9, 2013 11:22 AM

    So is he saying he was a locker room problem too? Not exactly what you want to hear.

  3. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    stuff like him being terrible.

    sub par players hate that stuff.

  4. bigbeefyd says: Apr 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    “Stuff behind the scenes”…so a bunch of people in the front office suddenly, collectively realized that he ahs never proven that he can be a starting NFL QB.

  5. 49erstim says: Apr 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    I’d say what happened in front of the scenes also contributed. Look I’m not a fan of scapegoating QBs, but he must share in the blame. That team underperformed with the talent level they had. Part of that is scheme too. I’ve never been a fan of Crennel. Too much of a “players coach”. Kolb could do well in Buffalo and shock everybody, but that is unlikely. I think we’ve seen what he can do….and not do.

  6. dwoofer says: Apr 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    Kolb was a nice guy. Arizona wishes him all the best, especially to stay healthy next season.

  7. cobrala2 says: Apr 9, 2013 11:38 AM

    That’s about as vague as some football drama can get!

    No clue what he’s saying so consequently I don’t care.

  8. wtfchiefs says: Apr 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    Not shocking when you consider the Bidwells own that team.

  9. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 9, 2013 11:51 AM

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Bruce Arians is an offensive genius and quarterback guru.
    Ben Roethlisberger went from throwing 17 TD passes his rookie season in 2004 to throwing 21 TD passes his eighth season in 2011, Arians’ final season with the Steelers.
    Friends, that is a PLUS-FOUR differential over an eight-year period.
    Truly amazing.

  10. diabetic1010 says: Apr 9, 2013 11:52 AM

    This guy always has some sort of excuse (never his fault either, good quality in a QB/Leader)….Accept it Kolb, you are a backup caliber QB who was lucky enough to have Andy Reid get the best out of you in Philly, as hes done with a lot of average QBs.

    Just take whatever is left of that ridiculous contract you got with the Arizona fleece job and consider yourself lucky sir.

  11. kluuuuuuuuug says: Apr 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    Kevin, its a new start. Why don’t you lose that awful crumb-catcher?

  12. greysolon says: Apr 9, 2013 11:59 AM

    If he played better there’d be no problem.

  13. rmfp1978 says: Apr 9, 2013 12:53 PM

    He shouldnt of had any problem no matter what went on behind the scenes. Pretty much shows you what kind of character he has. If he was a stand up guy he would say I was over compensated for my production and I appreciate the cardinal organization for giving me an opportunity but no he says there was a lot of stuff goin on behind the scenes. I dont even think hes average qb in this league andI look for carson palmer to have a big year

  14. dalucks says: Apr 9, 2013 12:53 PM

    I think it had to do more with the scene on the football field in front of everyone.
    But hey, I could be wrong.

  15. nard100 says: Apr 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    “Maybe there was a conspiracy. Maybe new coach Bruce Arians told him to hang tight, and tried to shake the tree to see if anyone would trade for Kolb (which would have been unlikely). Maybe Kolb heard what he wanted to hear.”

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    Or maybe the Cards are back to being the doormat organization they have always been. they had a pro-bowl qb (Kurt Warner) , but decided he wasn’t worth the money. It’s so funny to hear talk about how bad Kolb is when the truth is, none of us has any idea what he’d perform like with at least a competent offensive line. I’m not sure we’ll find out in Buffalo either, but it can’t be any worse than it was in AZ. You know your line sucks, when Fitz can’t even finish his pattern before your qb is eating dirt.

  16. 49erstim says: Apr 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    Dang it…I didn’t mean to type Crennell. I meant Whisenhunt obviously……wow.

  17. floridaslonechargersfan says: Apr 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    You’d think a guy would be a bit more grateful when he is relieved of the responsibility of successfully operating an offense behind the paper thin wall also known as the Cardinals’ offensive line!

  18. silvernblak says: Apr 9, 2013 1:41 PM

    Truth is Kolb is a middle of the road QB and the new statue taking his place in Palmer actually thinks he has sonething left. More interceptions then completions, more losses then wins and1 playoff win in 13 years? Maybe Palmer should have got the Romoitis style contract. Neither one,including Kolb will ever get to big show! Because they suck! Good riddons Palmer!!!!!

  19. sixjak says: Apr 9, 2013 1:50 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Apr 9, 2013 11:51 AM
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Bruce Arians is an offensive genius and quarterback guru.
    Ben Roethlisberger went from throwing 17 TD passes his rookie season in 2004 to throwing 21 TD passes his eighth season in 2011, Arians’ final season with the Steelers.
    Friends, that is a PLUS-FOUR differential over an eight-year period.
    Truly amazing.

    _______________

    If this is sarcasm then well played good sir. ROFL.

  20. mack2x says: Apr 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Maybe this, maybe that, who knows; but one thing I noticed, Arians talks out of both sides of his mouth quite often.

  21. changsteinelgamal says: Apr 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    Is there an NFL starting QB sporting Kolb’s frat-boy beard?
    Coincidence? I think not.

  22. The Prophet says: Apr 9, 2013 3:06 PM

    This is sort of like blaming my ugly shoes for why my wife left me for someone richer and better looking.

  23. jmc8888 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    If people are going to bash the Cardinals, like I’ve seen on this thread, at least do it like you have a five year old brain.

    We paid Kurt Warner, he was just concerned with the punishment an NFL QB takes at his advanced age and didn’t want to have a diminished post NFL career like many ex-NFL players have.

    But somehow that means the Cardinals suck.

    People act as if the ‘Bidwells’ run the organization, and that they run it like the 1970′s before all the TV money and new stadium.

    Well guess what. The ‘Bidwells’ have never owned an NFL organization. The Bidwills do, and if you actually knew something you’d realize that since free agency started they’ve been some of the top spenders.

    The problem with Kolb is that he would be one of the worst starters in the league, thus really a backup, IF he could stay healthy. He can’t. He’s been knocked out for the season in EVERY season he’s been the starter.

    When a concussion issue arises, they don’t go away. His last one knocked him out for the season 2011, and he still felt woozy months after the season. How long will his next one take him out for? Oh and he doesn’t need to be driven into the turf head first to get one. A 12 year old can tackle him and he’d get one. No seriously. He gets concussions where you are absolutely baffled how anyone could get hurt on the play.

    When a person gets detached ribs, and they don’t heal right, something tells me that it will be even easier to detach those ribs again. Once again it was a nothing hit that did it.

    Yet now Buffalo has given him a contract worth 6.5 million a season on paper, and they should realize that he’s never started more than 6 games in a row and will probably be MORE injury prone in Buffalo then he was in AZ. (since the rib injury ended his AZ career, but he’ll be taking ALL of his injury proneness to Buffalo, including the new one, his detached ribs).

    The dude was overpaid in Philly and making a ton as being a backup. Yes he literally made 10+ million for Philly. Then the Cards traded him and gave him that huge contract.

    Oh and the Cardinals have won an NFL championship, just not a Superbowl, but unlike many others it’s a shorter time since removed from it. So the ‘always a doormat’ and ‘back to being’ are meme of fools, who as I’ve shown above don’t know squat about the Cardinals, just THINK they do.

    Get a clue. You don’t. If you’re going to talk trash about the Cardinals, at least know what you are talking about.

  24. censormynameandmycomments says: Apr 9, 2013 4:10 PM

    Kolb was more responsible for the o-line looking terrible than the o-line was. He has zero ability (or willingness) to step up in the pocket. Yes, the o-line wasn’t great, but it really wasn’t all their fault. The fault lies more with Kolb. Kolb was sacked 27 times and attempted 183 passes. That means he was sacked every 6.7 times he dropped back to pass. The other Cardinals QBs were sacked 31 times and attempted 425 passes, meaning they were sacked every 13.7 times they dropped back. League average last year was a sack every 15.2 attempts. So the other Cardinal QBs were being sacked a little bit more often than league average while Kolb was sacked almost 3 times as often as the league average and more than twice as often as the other Cardinals QBs.

    Long story short: It’s Kolb’s own fault he takes so many sacks, not the o-line’s.

  25. pemory says: Apr 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    jmc8888 says: Apr 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    If people are going to bash the Cardinals, like I’ve seen on this thread, at least do it like you have a five year old brain.

    We paid Kurt Warner, he was just concerned with the punishment an NFL QB takes at his advanced age and didn’t want to have a diminished post NFL career like many ex-NFL players have.

    But somehow that means the Cardinals suck.

    People act as if the ‘Bidwells’ run the organization, and that they run it like the 1970′s before all the TV money and new stadium.

    Well guess what. The ‘Bidwells’ have never owned an NFL organization. The Bidwills do, and if you actually knew something you’d realize that since free agency started they’ve been some of the top spenders.

    The problem with Kolb is that he would be one of the worst starters in the league, thus really a backup, IF he could stay healthy. He can’t. He’s been knocked out for the season in EVERY season he’s been the starter.

    When a concussion issue arises, they don’t go away. His last one knocked him out for the season 2011, and he still felt woozy months after the season. How long will his next one take him out for? Oh and he doesn’t need to be driven into the turf head first to get one. A 12 year old can tackle him and he’d get one. No seriously. He gets concussions where you are absolutely baffled how anyone could get hurt on the play.

    When a person gets detached ribs, and they don’t heal right, something tells me that it will be even easier to detach those ribs again. Once again it was a nothing hit that did it.

    Yet now Buffalo has given him a contract worth 6.5 million a season on paper, and they should realize that he’s never started more than 6 games in a row and will probably be MORE injury prone in Buffalo then he was in AZ. (since the rib injury ended his AZ career, but he’ll be taking ALL of his injury proneness to Buffalo, including the new one, his detached ribs).

    The dude was overpaid in Philly and making a ton as being a backup. Yes he literally made 10+ million for Philly. Then the Cards traded him and gave him that huge contract.

    Oh and the Cardinals have won an NFL championship, just not a Superbowl, but unlike many others it’s a shorter time since removed from it. So the ‘always a doormat’ and ‘back to being’ are meme of fools, who as I’ve shown above don’t know squat about the Cardinals, just THINK they do.

    Get a clue. You don’t. If you’re going to talk trash about the Cardinals, at least know what you are talking about.
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    jmc8888:

    Solid post about the Cards. They’re an easy target to bash (and some of it may be well earned), but certainly since Michael Bidwill has been running the organization they’ve spent a lot of cash trying to attract quality players as well as building a true NFL-caliber organization. And the team they have right now isn’t all that bad when you consider that, with all the dreadful QB play last season, the team still began the year 4-0.

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