It’s been the plan all week, but quarterback Kevin Kolb will start Sunday against the Cowboys — unless something horrible happens, like his big toe swells up while sleeping Saturday night. I don’t think that’s a big concern.
Saying that Friday his toe and foot injuries were “the best its felt” since he got hurt, Kolb said “I don’t see any reason it would keep me from playing.” Kolb said it was a “huge difference” from a week ago Friday, when he was just getting back to regular practice work.
“It looks pretty good that he’s going to play,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I’m not going to say, ‘Yes, he’ll play’ and then something happens between now and then with his foot, because it really comes down to the soreness. But it looks like he’ll play.”
Game speed is the biggest concern, and Kolb just doesn’t want to let his mind race away from him, instead trusting in his reads. He added he did benefit from digesting the offense from the sideline. “Shoot, the way we operated today (in practice), it looked like it helped a little bit. Hopefully it’ll help on Sunday.”
As for the pressure on Kolb to come back and be successful — essentially with the same expectations everyone had to begin the season — Kolb waved it off. “There’s been pressure on me since I was a seventh grader in middle school,” Kolb said. “I really try to block it all out. … To say I never think about it, I’d be lying. But I really just try and go out and play the game the way I know how.”
— Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said there has been “quite a bit” added to the defensive playbook for this game. “We are probably right now where I wish we would have been Week 2,” Horton said. “It’s fun, because these guys want to be good and they want to come after people.”
That was always the hangup. The parts of the defense Horton has slowly put back in have been the exotic blitzes and pressures that are supposed to be the signature of the scheme.
“I have now supreme confidence to call anything on my list,” Horton said. “If you go back to the Seattle game Week 3, there was nothing on our list to call.”
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