If Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was surprised by the team’s interest in Peyton Manning, he shouldn’t have been.
First, they were pursuing Peyton Manning, not Tim Tebow.
Second, Kolb hasn’t played well enough to earn guaranteed placement atop the depth chart.
And, third, Kolb’s struggles with concussions necessarily have the team concerned about his durability.
As to the latter point, Kolb disclosed Monday that it took him nearly seven weeks to recover from a concussion that he suffered in December 2011, which caused him to miss the final three games of the season.
“To be honest with you, when I first went home it was still pretty severe,” Kolb said regarding his condition after the regular season ended, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “It kind of worried me because I figured once I got away from the game it would clear up pretty fast. But it didn’t and I stayed in contact with our guys here. Within three or four days after that three-week period it was fine. I was glad to be feeling back to normal.”
But while he’s fine now, the question is whether he’ll be fine after suffering another concussion. At some point, the Cardinals will need to move on to a quarterback who doesn’t have a history of concussions — and who performs better when able to perform.
At some point, Kolb also should stop talking about his struggles with concussions. Or he should just go ahead and glue a dartboard to his helmet.