Kurt Warner: Kevin Kolb will start, but he needs to learn the offense

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Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner had three good seasons playing in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense in Arizona, and he says Kevin Kolb can have plenty of good seasons playing in that offense, too. It’s just that Kolb has to learn the offense first.

Warner said on NFL Network that Kolb is expected to win the starting job in training camp despite having a disappointing season in 2011. The problem with Kolb last season, Warner says, is that Kolb never really grasped Whisenhunt’s offense.

“I think this is going to play out with Kevin Kolb becoming the starter for the Arizona Cardinals,” Warner said. “When I talk to people in the organization and what I’ve seen, everybody believes that Kevin has everything you need to be a starter in the NFL. He’s smart, he works hard, he’s got accuracy, he’s got mobility to run around and make plays, which we saw him do a number of times last year. The biggest problem was, the offense in Arizona was completely different than what he ran in Philly, and it was tough for him to pick up that offense, and the nuances of that offense, and he really struggled with that last year, never got fully comfortable.”

Kolb is now getting a full offseason in Arizona, and Warner said he should beat out John Skelton in training camp and become the starter.

“Although John Skelton played well, especially down the stretch in games, I don’t think he offers them the consistency that Kevin Kolb can — if he learns that offense,” Warner said.

Warner is probably right: Kolb appears to be the strong favorite in the quarterback competition. Still, “if he learns that offense” is a pretty big “if.”

11 responses to “Kurt Warner: Kevin Kolb will start, but he needs to learn the offense

  1. are you serious?? Kevin Kolb, a seasoned vet, does not have the playbook down yet??? What the hell is the reason for that?

    i know the trade wasn’t timed the best for success, but there were 3 ROOKIES that came in the league last year and put up better numbers then them.
    Now is that a testament to the skill of those rookies, or to the wisdom on the coaches part to keep the system simple at first and gradually expand?

    The Kevin Kolb was easily the biggest fleecing on a trade in recent memory. Did they even look at the game tape before they sent a Pro-bowler & a #2 pick away for a back up QB?
    Kolb might be lucky to get the ball 50+ yards on his best day.
    The kid has no mustard in that arm,, no juice at all. He cant hit a WR on a fly, & will waste ARZ tallented WR’s..

    Nice work Joe Banner.

  2. I really expect big things this year from Kolb and the Cards this year… He will have the full off season and I do believe with both running backs healthy to take pressure off of the passing game he will flourish… Floyd will be a true number 2 wide out as well… Kolb understands that this is his make it or break it year now as well… Cards will be right there with San Fran for the division this year…

  3. The Kolb trade wasn’t that expensive. Yeah, losing a #2 pick hurt, but that’s what happens when you trade for QBs. As for the “pro-bowl” corner, look: DRC didn’t tackle and didn’t cover that well. And we more than made up for him with PP. Plus signing Kolb enabled the Cards to resign Fitz. That was essential. Fitz walking would be devestating to the Cards. Viewed from that perspective, I’d make that trade again, no problem.

  4. Who knows how well Kolb will play, if he indeed stays healthy, BUT not a surprise he never felt comfortable with the offense last year. No OTA’s, etc., and a very short minicamp. Far from ideal for learning a new system.

  5. This is why I laughed when the pundits said the Niners’ 2011 season was doomed because they didn’t get Kolb.

    This is exactly why Kolb was a bad deal from the getgo and until proven otherwise, the Cards whiffed bad on this deal.

  6. Think kolb can still pan out. Needs a good O line. I’m sure wisenhunt didn’t dumb down the offense like you would with a rookie so maybe there is some truth to learning the offense.

  7. What everyone is overlooking is Kolb’s inability to stay healthy and on the football field. Kolb consistently got hurt in Philly, even when he was the back-up and he got hurt in AZ. Throw in the fact he was so slow to pick up the offense, Kolb may be too slow to play in the NFL.

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