At a Cardinals Fan Fest last month, quarterback Kevin Kolb heard the boo birds. At the annual Red and White scrimmage on Saturday, a record crowd of roughly 14,500 was more restrained — despite Kolb’s performance.
According to the Associated Press, Kolb was “heckled a bit by a few in the crowd” after throwing a pair of interceptions. Kolb and John Skelton shared snaps with the first-string offense.
“It all comes out of my hands so it’s ultimately on me,” Kolb said. “That’s the way I’ll approach it and look at it and move forward.”
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald put the blame more broadly on the entire offense.
“I thought we definitely could have executed better,” Fitzgerald said. “That falls on us as players. This is the first week of camp. We’re running our base offense. This is stuff we should be able to do in our sleep. There’s nobody to blame but the 11 of us breaking the huddle.”
Kolb threw a touchdown pass, Skelton didn’t. But Skelton didn’t throw any picks.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt cautioned against drawing any conclusions from their respective performances.
“Kevin was the guy that had the second spot in the rotation today so he was playing with the No. 2 line a lot. In fact, we had a center in there that hadn’t taken any snaps because we had one go down in practice [Friday]. We had some protection issues where he didn’t get a chance to sit in there but he had some dropped balls, too. It’s kind of hard to evaluate it. That’s why you don’t make snap judgments when you’re doing this with the quarterbacks.”
Frankly, the fact that Kolb had the second spot in the rotation seems more alarming than his performance.
Then again, maybe Whisenhunt simply wanted to insulate Kolb from the indignity of being greeted by boos.