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Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 2:06 pm

Quarterback question of the day: Did the Arizona Cardinals give up too much and overpay Kevin Kolb?

It's a legitimate question five games into the season. The Cardinals are 1-4 and Kolb hasn't come close to looking like a long-term franchise quarterback.

He has been wildly inaccurate, and he's completing 58.7-percent of his passes. He has thrown five touchdown passes and six interceptions. His passer rating is 77.2, which is down near the bottom of the league and he turned it over three times in the Cardinals loss to the Vikings Sunday.

When I evaluated Kolb last spring, I saw the inconsistency in his game. He was accurate at times, but sometimes went wild. The Cardinals are seeing that wildness now.

The Cardinals could have taken a quarterback last April in the first round of the draft, but opted to make the move for Kolb.

It could be a move that sets this team back in a big way if Kolb doesn't get it going.

It's not like he doesn't have anybody to throw to since Larry Fitzgerald is his top guy. I do understand the Cardinals tackles aren't very good, and the pressure has been plenty, but Kolb hasn't played like a guy who can be the foundation of this franchise for years to come.

Where have you gone, Kurt Warner?

 Does anybody really believe the Jets denial that some of their receivers didn't complain about the play-calling? I don't. A report in a New York newspaper said that receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason went to Rex Ryan and complained about the way the games were being called. The Jets moved to defuse the situation by sending out  a statement. It read: "The New York Jets deny a report this morning that wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason have gone to Head Coach Rex Ryan individually in the past few weeks to question offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system." They should be questioning Schottenheimer. I think he is vastly overrated as a coordinator in part because he's chummy with a lot of media members. I ask this seriously: Do you ever come away from a Jets game thinking how impressed you are with the offense?

 About those receivers: Who besides Holmes scares down the field? Burress and Mason sure don't.

 Titans corner Jason McCourty was credited with 14 tackles against the Steelers. That's not a good thing for a corner. 

 Jamal Westerman is a better pass rush than Bryan Thomas. Might be better for Jets. He had two sacks against the Patriots. He's quicker.

 Just when we think the Texans are ready for the big stage, they lose at home as a favorite. I won't believe until they show me they can win a game like this week's at Baltimore. Show some toughness -- for once.

 If Darrius Heyward-Bey can continue to play the way he did Sunday, catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, the Raiders can be explosive on offense. With Heyward-Bey and Jacob Ford, they have two of the fastest receivers in the league. Just the way Al Davis liked it.

 You have to love the toughness of Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He ran for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Jets Sunday. Not bad for a player who wasn't drafted. By the way: He was on my Better-Than team the year he came out. Got one right there.

 Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was 4 of 10 for 79 yards off the bench against the Chargers. But did run for a score and also bobbled three snaps. It's time for the Broncos to play Tebow. But let's not get caught up in the hype. He is far from being an NFL quarterback. Time will show that. Tebow looks like a paper being blown around in a windstorm when he plays quarterback.

 49ers quarterback Alex Smith had a passer rating of 127.2 and threw three touchdown passes against the Bucs. He's playing a high level.

 Keep an eye on 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith. He had two sacks against the Bucs and the rookie is starting to really come on.

 The Jack Del Rio watch is on. I think he makes it to the bye week. The Jaguars play at Pittsburgh, then host the Ravens on a Monday night and then play at Houston before the bye week. If they lose all three, even a patient man like Wayne Weaver would have to know it's time. I've known Weaver for a long time and he will not tolerate an embarrassing loss on Monday night football. If Del Rio goes during the season, the word is linebackers coach Mark Duffner would be the interim coach. There is growing sentiment inside the building among other coaches and front-office staff that the time is right for Del Rio to go. 

 Wonder how many in Philadelphia are questioning the move of Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to Eagles defensive coordinator? The Eagles are bad on defense.

 Matt Ryan has to play better than he did in the second half against the Packers. I still think the problem is the play-calling. The Falcons need to play more like the Packers. 

Category: NFL
Tags: Kevin Kob

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:26 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

didnt prisco call for cardinal win????????????

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:21 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

Couldnt agree more about the play calling in Atlanta.  It is downright awful.  I can predict the plays.  Lets spread it out, run a screen, or put Julio in the wildcat.  Just something to jump start the offense and keep the defense off balance.  Throwing on first down is not illegal either.  We refuse to do it.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:59 am

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

Give the guy a break , only 5 games in ( there is only 1 Tom Brady !!) give him a chance

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:26 am

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

He is far from being an NFL quarterback
Hmmm....yeah....he is an NFL quarterback so ST FU...
Also a can a paper bag throw for a TD, Run for a TD, Hit the reciever in the hands for the 2 point conversion and get to the 30 yard line which would have tied the game had the dropper not drop the 2 point conversion?  Didn't think so...ST got that one WRONG!!!

Raider Fans been saying they hoped Davis would die so they could start winning again...guess they were right.

Del Rio should have been fired for cutting Leftwich. But the team was dumb and let him do it again....

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:16 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

@Packerfan4567 - Gotcha.  I think the play-calling is the single biggest reason why there is such a difference between his home games and his away games.  However, this season (thus far), with the exception of one 4 TD game, he has been consistently mediocre.  I do think he'll improve, though.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:52 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

On to paragraph 2,

So you're good with blaming Kolb for Arizona's terrible performance on offense, but clearly Mark Sanchez is the golden boy in NY and the blame should rest squarely on Schottenhimer's shoulders?  get real, I would rather have Kolb on my team over Sanchez, in fact, I'd say it's a safe bet NY would be better off with Kolb than they are with Sanchez now.  If we're blaming QB's for a team playing poorly, let's blame everyone that deserves it.  Sanchez definitely deserves the blame here.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:46 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?


You sure you want to jump on the Kolb is terrible bandwagon?  The guy has been sacked 16 times this season, second only to the league leaders (3 at 18 sacks), and none of those guys are doing any better.  To put the woes of the Cardinals on Kolb's shoulders is similar to blaming your neighbor for your terrible haircut.  It's not his fault his o-line and defense are terrible, he's doing what he can to survive in that pocket.  Give the team some time to adjust around Kolb and pick up some key pieces.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?


I should have worded that right, what I meant was his nickname is a joke.
I was merely referencing his away record, if he was sooo Ice Cold he would perform at the same level consitently instead of just at home.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:35 pm

Monday Musings: Is Kolb a flop?

Here's the deal, I said this before the lock out was over...if the Cardinals give up too much for QB Kevin Kolb, they are foolish and will regret it. Not only did they give up too much, they signed him to a long term deal. The Eagles got a great deal and hoodwinked the Cardinals, but they aren't laughing much 1-4 both teams suck.

The Jets offense looks stagnant to me...I never liked Schottenheimer and if Santonio Holmes isn't involved in the offense, they are missing out, because they signed him to a a nice contract, so why not use him. The Jaguars are done, their coach is a moron and they are idiots for cutting David Garrard. Very sad...

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:41 pm

Matt Ryan

You can't fault Matt Ryan entirely for the loss against the Packers.  He is not a joke and is now something like 24-2 at home.  His minimal success to this point is a direct result of the stagnant play calling in Atlanta.  The Falcon
s do not resemble the same team that went 13-3 only a season ago.  Ryan's home record is better that that of your boy Rodgers, so do I think Rodgers is a joke?  Of course not, but to call Ryan a joke because he lost to the defending champs at home is just wrong.

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