Looks like it just isn’t meant to be …
Kolb was the most notable transaction. He was supposed to compete with rookie EJ Manuel for the starting job, but that contest didn’t materialize.
Kolb had a knee injury early in training camp, left the team for a funeral in his family and then suffered a concussion in the third preseason game. The Bills couldn’t afford to leave a precious roster spot vacant while they waited for Kolb to recover from such a serious and unpredictable injury.
Now there are concerns his career could be over.
Kolb went in with more to prove that he wasn’t deserving of the label “injury-prone” than whether he had the tools to be an NFL starter. One rubber mat and a knee to the head later, and I think the guy might be best off taking his savings and start the next chapter. A damn shame, but it is what it is.
» Buffalo News: Bills add Kolb to quarterback mix
I can’t say I’m crazy about the fit, but it’s a gig and as good of an opportunity that I think Kolb can find these days. I’m not sure what kind of offense Chan Gailey runs up north, but I’ve always seen Kolb as a good fit for anything that favors a high-percentage passing office (Philly’s West Coast style was as good as the NFL offers). Injuries, of course, are perhaps a bigger issue with Kolb. Proving he can go through a majority of the season as the designated starter would be a very welcome first.
But in any event, I’ll be watching Bills games with more interest than I have since Jim Kelly left the USFL.
Things that amuse me greatly …
Kolb starts the season, nominally, with a 2-0 record now. His stat line certainly wasn’t better than Brady, nor was it in line with what you’d expect of an Andy Reid-taught QB to produce. But the season goes one week at a time. It’ll be interesting to see how much this fuels a legitimate QB controversy in Arizona.
» AZ Republic: What a relief: Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb takes short route to redemption
» AZ Republic: Arizona Cardinals edge Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of NFL season
Not quite how it was scripted, but for the few of us remaining Kevin Kolb fans … we’ll take it.
All Kolb did is what Skelton made a habit of doing a year ago: directing a scoring drive from an offense that tends to spend whole quarters in dormancy.
Many of the 60,032 in attendance booed when Kolb entered with 8:18 remaining, and it didn’t help when he overthrew receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the first play.
But using a no-huddle scheme, Kolb quickly found a rhythm. He completed 6 of his next 7, including a 6-yard touchdown to Andre Roberts that gave the Cardinals a 20-16 lead with 4:59 left.
“It was pretty special, I’m not going to lie,” Kolb said. “To win a game in that fashion, after the way the preseason went, I’ll definitely enjoy it.”
It appears Kolb will be the starter for at least the next several weeks. The Cardinals will know more about Skelton’s condition Monday, but the best scenario seems to be that he has a high ankle sprain.
No definitive word on how long Skelton is out. But the early ballpark estimates seem to suggest 3-6 weeks. If nothing else, it sounds like Kolb will have some time to show what he’s made of by the time Skelton is fully ready to play.
Oh yeah … and the Texans won and the RGIII vs Luck comparisons begin with RG in the lead. I think I managed to catch the end of the Green Bay v 49ers game over the opening weekend. Improvement is definitely needed on my part.
» Arizona Republic: Kevin Kolb injured as Arizona Cardinals lose to New Orleans Saints
Quarterback Kevin Kolb’s first pass was intercepted, and he suffered a bruised rib muscle and diaphragm on his fourth attempt and did not return.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the injury didn’t appear serious and that it was possible Kolb would practice this week.
The Cardinals looked like a team playing its first preseason game in the 17-10 loss Sunday at Fawcett Stadium.
The Saints did not.
Unfortunately, this was supposed to be the third consecutive season that Kevin was either functionally or officially tabbed as the starting QB. I’m obviously rooting for him. So you can imagine my pain in seeing another outing like this.
» AZ Republic: Arizona Cardinals QBs share Texas bond
Once, [Kolb] was walking with his future wife when they encountered an angry western diamondback. Kolb took off his boot, put it at the end of stick and dangled it in front the snake. According to a published report, the snake struck the boot 10 times before giving up the battle.
Kolb then picked up the snake, took out his gun with the other hand and shot the snake in the head. He removed its rattles with a pocket knife, keeping them as a good-luck charm. He was 17 at the time.
Kolb confirmed the encounter Tuesday, adding that he knew a rattlesnake feigns death when its bite has no effect on an intruder. But the rattles have lost their significance.
“Oh, I’ve got a bunch,” he said.
Just two months ago, Kolb took down another rattler with a perfectly thrown rock. Such accuracy surely bodes well for the future.
For more technical football updates on Kolb’s progress, the Cardinal’s have a pretty good snapshot of the situation posted on their blog. Friday night has the Cards playing the Packers. Regular season can’t get here soon enough for me.
Five practices with his new team later …
» AZ Republic: Cards get answers in preseason opener
Given the timeframe that teams had for preparation, Kolb’s line wasn’t the most important thing in the world. But for whatever it’s worth, not bad for one quarter of play:
Kolb played through the first quarter, completing 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards, including a long of 43 yards to Larry Fitzgerald.
Kolb-to-Fitzgerald may be one of the more entertaining things to watch for this season. But given Kolb’s problem of keying on his first option in Philly, it may of some interest to compare Fitz’s productivity with Kolb against his productivity with Kurt Warner.
It is done …
Coverage from elsewhere …
» ESPN: The Cardinals’ big bet on Kevin Kolb
» Arizona Republic: Arizona Cardinals’ trade for QB Kevin Kolb is all but done
» Philly Inq: Kolb-for-Rodgers-Cromartie trade done
For the record, I have priced out a potential trip to see the Cardinals play and eagerly await the precise second that I can purchase a #4 Cardinals replica jersey. Kolb always looked better in red anyway.
» NFL Network: Pondering the future of Kevin Kolb
I can’t say I’d be shocked if Kevin Kolb spent another year in Philadelphia – either due to the labor agreement not being done in time for the draft, or for the Eagles insisting on too steep of a price for him. The NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi seems to think returning to Philly might be at the top of the probability rankings …
There’s also the distinct possibility, due to all the factors involved, the Eagles simply decide to ride with Kolb during the second and final year of his contract.
“I think he’s worth a lot more to the Eagles than he would be to most of the other teams in the NFL, with the exception, perhaps, of the Browns,” Lombardi told NFL Network. “I think he’s more valuable to the Eagles because of the durability issues with [Vick]. If I let him go for a third- or fourth-round pick, am I really helping my team? I’d rather have him play out the year in the backup role and then let him go to free agency. … For the Eagles, it either has to be a first-round pick, or keep him.”
Lombardi adds that the Eagles would get a compensatory 3rd round pick, assuming that that’s still a part of the new labor agreement (whenever it gets done), if Kolb were to leave after his contract is up next year. That’s a factor I’d forgotten about and strikes me a huge, since it raises the bar for the Eagles’ asking price and means they won’t get nothing if they have him back next season. Still, the Cody Carlson and Danny White experiences I’ve witnessed in my time don’t bode well for good quarterbacks left on the shelf too long.
Of course, there are other factors at work. Like All Pro receivers telling their team that the QB they want throwing the ball is the kid out of Houston. Especially when said All Pro receivers are up for free agency next season. It’ll be interesting to see which side of the tug-of-war battle wins out, but the first contest is going to be getting the labor deal done by Draft Day. Otherwise, I tend to think the odds of Kolb backing up Vick in Philly for another season increase greatly.
» ESPN Dallas: Nance hopes homecoming ends with Super win
I can’t claim to have a major rooting interest in this year’s Super Bowl – normally, I root for the AFC. But the Steelers have been an exception since 1978 (yes, I luved my blue as a child!). Former Trinity RB Dmitri Nance being on the Packers probably nudges me over to the NFC this time around …
Dimitri Nance is not quite sure if he will be the first Euless Trinity grad to be in a Super Bowl when Green Bay takes on Pittsburgh on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, but he’s glad to just be along for the ride.
Nance signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent last April and the Packers signed him off the Falcons’ practice squad on Sept. 14. He finished the year with 95 yards on 36 carries and has been inactive [f]or two of the Packers’ three playoff games.
I’m not ordering a cheesehead hat anytime soon – especially as long as the Vikings are in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes. But it wouldn’t be a bad deal to see Nance earn a ring for his troubles.
The current chatter out of Philly is that, as expected, the Eagles will put a franchise tag on Michael Vick in order to secure him for next season and that they’ll also start entertaining offers for Kevin Kolb. A lot depends on what becomes of the labor talks, but hopefully something happens between the Super Bowl and the draft. Otherwise, there are no trades to be made for draft picks until a new CBA is a done deal.
That said, I’d expect the Eagles to start the bidding with a first round draft pick. Whether they back off of that or if the secondary picks add up to something substantial enough to not worry about a first-round pick, we’ll see. Given that a lot of the teams looking for a quality QB are also sitting on the top of the draft board, I’ve got to think something eventually gives.
Enter Mel Kiper, with his top five teams that could land Kolb:
1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Cleveland Browns
Not much mention of the Carolina Panthers, apparently. The one thing that makes me think Carolina might have a good offer for Kolb is that they could offer their 2nd round pick, which is the 33rd overall pick. That’s a good slot since you don’t have to pay a first-round premium, but you get a quality player nonetheless. I’d be a little surprised if they wouldn’t be tempted to offer something like a 2nd & 4th round pick in this draft for Kolb and maybe either a conditional 2nd or 3rd round pick in next year’s draft or a later pick in this year’s.
That said, I could easily see Kolb working out well in Arizona, SF, or Minnesota. Definitely not crazy about him going to Tennessee or Cleveland and I’m not even sure I could bring myself to order a Titans jersey if it were to come to that.
News updates still coming out of Tucson; the state Comptroller releases revenue projections; State House Republicans will vote on their choice for Speaker (maybe). And as if the day wasn’t packed with newsworthy items enough, today is the day that Kevin Kolb and Andy Reid sit down for a post-season debrief.
It’s expected that Kolb will say he either wants to start or wants out of Philly in order to start elsewhere. It’s a pretty interesting scenario that the team has this off-season. I don’t think they’ll let Vick enter free agency, so it comes down to getting something for Kolb this off-season or losing him for certain next year and getting nothing in return. I’ve got to think that they’ll bend a little on trade demands for Kolb in order to get something for the $11M signing bonus they gave him after the McNabb trade.
There’s a lot of possible suitors for Kolb out there and a lot of good QBs available in the draft as well. It ought to be interesting to see what happens and when.