Kevin Kolb was blunt: He has no doubt he will understand the offense and be comfortable with it by the time the Cardinals host Carolina in the regular-season opener.
But the quarterback isn’t to that point. Not yet.
“After the game we came back to our first practice and I felt totally comfortable,” Kolb said. “Then came the next onslaught of installs and plays. My mind got a little twisted for a couple of days. That’s part of the process. … I wouldn’t say I am chasing my tail, but I’m not on top of everything yet.”
Kolb said there is a difference between the offenses of the Cards and the Eagles, his former team, but it isn’t as big of a jump as he could have made had he ended up elsewhere. The verbiage and protections are different, and he said the Eagles had gotten to a point with their receiver personnel that they would often just take shots downfield, whereas the Cards look at themselves as a “true progression team” and spreading the ball around.
“Different days we struggle,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “(Tuesday) we put a lot of things in and it was new concepts, new terminology. Just when you start to feel good, you throw more at him. That clouds the whole picture. … But he’s done a very good job. I think as we start to get into more specific plays and gameplanning, he will have enough of a base that he will feel good about it.”
Whisenhunt said when he was playing, he went from an offense similar to what the Cards run now to a West Coast offense, and he struggled with it. “You had to hear the play and associate it with what you knew, and try and execute it from that standpoint,” Whisenhunt said. “That takes time.”
Whiz compared it to learning Spanish as an English speaker. Eventually, a person starts to hear words in Spanish instead of translating in the head. The same will go for Kolb and the new offense. Kolb said he needs to get reps of the plays on the field, and that’s the most important part right now.
Kolb’s language problem isn’t English but it is the verbiage. He joked that he’ll be watching video with Larry Fitzgerald and suggest running a “pirate” route on a certain look — except it was the Eagles who used the “pirate” and not the Cards, who call it an “under.” “The only way to do it is to be thrown in the fire and hear other guys talking about it,” Kolb said.
The time it is taking Kolb is certainly not from a lack of effort. He said he is thinking football all the time. “My sleep up here has not been very scheduled,” Kolb said. “It’s just because, one bad throw, one bad series, you start laying in bed and you can’t get it out of your mind. That can be a good and bad thing. You just have to learn how to deal with it.”
That will come as he gets more comfortable. That’s what this time is for.
– Whisenhunt said he could see Kolb playing into the second quarter Friday, but nothing will be finalized probably until Friday morning as the Cards assess the roster and their injuries.
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