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Kolb: Star or average?

Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:20 pm

When I evaluated Kevin Kolb last spring, I saw a player who flashed greatness at times, but looked average at others.

We'll see which of those he is now that he's a starting quarterback. Kolb was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, completing a much-rumored deal. In exchange, the Eagles get corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.

The Cardinals will give Kolb a new deal worth a reported $63-million with $20-million in guaranteed money.

The Cardinals had their eye on Kolb since last summer, and word is they might have been the only team bidding. Carson Palmer would have been their first choice, but when they realized the Bengals weren't trading Palmer  they turned to Kolb.

In seven career starts ,Kolb has 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has a passer rating of 81.8 in those starts. As one Cardinals source said, "we have to go on what we think he can become."

That Cardinals source was impressed with how well Kolb played against Atlanta last season. Kolb beat the Falcons, throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

He didn't look so good in a stat the next week against Tennessee and the last week against Dallas.

The Cardinals had no choice but to make the deal. They didn't have a legitimate starting quarterback on their roster.

Is Kolb the next Matt Schaub, a little-used backup reedy to explode when given the chance to be a full-time starter?

Or is he the next passer to flop when given the big stage?

I say he plays more like Schaub than not for the Cardinals

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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:11 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

The thing people always overlook is the QB is only as good as the 5 guys standing between him and the defense.  Tom Brady would not be the feel good story of a late round pick if he didn't have a good offensive line.  These guys are professionals and little separates them from each other.  I've never seen a QB with a bad offensive line succeed.  Peyton Manning is probably the closest thing to that but his line is weary mostly in terms of run blocking.  Any time a QB is on the list of most sacked, you usually don't see him in the pro bowl.  Sometimes it has to do with holding it too long, but mostly it has to do with the line.  My prediction is that Kolb succeeds in AZ, having Fitz to throw to, while Vick regresses in Philly making people question the move.  Just seems any time a team trades their depth, suddenly shortly after they could have used that depth back. Time will tell but being a Bills fan, I've seen a decade of bad football and the one common continuing factor is a terrible O line, which is why I applauded not drafting a QB this year.  The last time we were relevant we had an All Pro line at just about every position, and other than Ruben Brown and maybe Jason Peters, haven't had a Pro Bowler since

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:32 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

Consider that he was arguably driving the Ferrari of the NFC and average is unacceptable. Kolb's or anyone else's success depends on QB protection and the weapons he has in Arizona. That and whether he finds a new playoff level gear. Because you can watch him vs GB in the opener of 2010. He didn't have what it took to respond to GB coming out and making their statement. Some QB's have "it", Kolb looked like he was still playing the first couple of possessions of a meaningless pre-season game. And for his starting, opening day debut, he got butchered. Granted the defense allowed those scores, but his job is to score 30+ on opening day, regardless of what GB does. I predict he'll have the same attitude & play level in Arizona, only Arizona isn't Philly in terms of urgency to win the division with a winning record. They were the last 2 seasons of Warner, but prior to and even last season 5-11 was their underachiever status.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:15 am

Kolb: Star or average?

I've only read a few post so far.. the latest page, but this is the first time nobody has had anything negative to say about prisco in those few post that i've read.  Prisco's still an over-paided fake who has no idea of what football is or who the stars are. Oh, I also love the fact that you don't post your own ideas or comments in this post; a safe way to operate so nobody can say that your right or wrong.  By the way pete, you should learn to give credit where credit is deserve especially if you steal others news for your own.  Your sources are either the four letter channel,, or the local news.   

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:24 am

Kolb: Star or average?

 Same goes for Tavaris.  I guess nobody remembers him leading the Vikings to the playoffs while he was starting?? 

You're right, nobody remembers it. 

Are you talking about 2008, when he played so great, he was benched in Game 3 of the season for the likes of Gus Frerotte.  The year when he didn't get the starting job back until Frerotte got hurt in game 14, and then averaged a whopping 181 yards a game for the last five games of that year (including the playoff game)?  The year he had 9 TD's against 12 INT's and 3 fumbles, and a QB rating of 70.8.

Like I said, you're absolutely right, no one remembers that as "leading the Vikings to the playoffs".

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:23 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

I am an Eagle's fan who watched Kolb play over the last 2 years. I believe he will succeed in time,

Kolb is class guy on and off the field and is a good leader. He handled the QB demotion wiith Vick with dignity much the same way Aarpn Rodgers  had to put up with Favre.

The Cards need to get the o-line in order to have a more balanced attack. If this happens, Kolb will be fine.  

Overall, this is a win-win for both teams but the payoff for the Cards will take a little longer.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:48 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

I dunno, I think the big story here is what happens if Vick goes down?  People tend to forget how nice it is to have a guy like Kolb as the backup.  I know it wasn't an option but it just seems like there could be a lot of second guessing in Philly if Vick doesn't have the kind of year he did last year...and I hope he doesn't.  Hopefully he pulls a Theisman

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:15 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

As long as the Cardinals give him a year to get back to reading defenses he should be fine. Kolb has the skills. He just needs a steady chance as a starting quarterback to prove it. Philly loved Kolb. We would have been happy keeping him but you don't keep two #1 QB's. We in the Philly area wish him well. The Cardinals will find that he is exactly what they were looking for.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:31 pm

Kolb: Star or average?

The Eagles never really gave Kolb the chance. He got a concussion in the opening game last year, and Reid took the job away from him. Then when the ex-con got injuried(as usual) Kolb stepped in, and the Eagles had their best game of the year. So, if given the opportunity, I think he`ll be just fine.

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