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Kolb responds to Kelly’s comments

Posted by Darren Urban on August 18, 2012 – 11:13 am

The comments by Raiders defensive end Tommy Kelly criticizing Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb came out after Kolb had left the stadium last night. (Kelly, among other things, said Kolb was “scared.”)

When I contacted Kolb this morning on the subject, he welcomed the chance to respond.

“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”


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88 Responses to “Kolb responds to Kelly’s comments”

  1. By Les on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    That’s great! Maybe all he needs is something to drive him to get the job done.

  2. By scubasteve12 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I really like Kolb. I hope he is able to play like everyone expects him to. Kelly is a punk with no class. Typical raiders.

  3. By hummer53 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think Kolb could stay in the league if he went back to a West Coast Offense. He and Whiz’s system don’t appear to be a match. You wonder, would another team with a WCO have any interest in Kolb even as a backup. And if they would, do they have a backup left tackle that they would care to trade.

  4. By toddcard on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    yeah!! get em Kolb!! yeah! never let em see ya sweat!

  5. By jeffy1951 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Good for you Kevin! Now prove Kelly and all your doubters wrong A S A P

  6. By Mike in Mesa on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s Kelly’s after the game quote. “He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said, via the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

    So Darren is there any credence to Kelly’s statement? In my opinion actions speak louder than words.

    On the QB competition, Skelton has to be ahead. In his limited playing time he has had 3 impressive performances. 3-3 a TD and 138 QBR last nite. Kolb started out good but when you factor in 3 sacks, a safety (looked possibly like first one was too) and a pass to his own offensive lineman, how can anyone say this is a close competition.

    So Skelton probably starts next week. Who has the better defense Raiders or Titans? If the answer is the Titans, then Skelton would be facing a much harder test than Kolb no?

  7. By Travis McCollum on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not like Tommy Kelly wrong about Kolb. He can try to deny it all he wants.

  8. By joecb91 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cue hundreds of angry fans calling Kolb a liar and wanting him burned at the stake for ever coming to Arizona

  9. By Havasu Tom on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    I was saying the other day that Kolb’s dump route should be the #2 read. I think he proved that and Kelly said it. Although, I don’t think Kolb is scared. He’s tough.
    Kurt Warner always loved the teams that brings the biltz, he’d make them pay. You need to make them pay, Kevin Kolb. Step up and make them pay, eyes down field.

  10. By jason on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    kolb wht a joke ur worthless u cldnt start n philly and ur not good enuff to start in ari so what that say retirement

  11. By Tyman on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with kelly. Whats the O-line suppose to do when kolb is so quick to roll out of the pocket, and kolb looks terrible running sideways. The blame must be put on the OC kolb, or the concusions effect. One thing is for sure kelly is right on! I do as a cards fan give kolb respect for sticking up for himself, but common man figure it out.

  12. By jason on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Then proove it !!!
    I dont know about other card fans but Skelton is so much more entertaining. Team Skelton!!! I think the team feels the same, players look much more comfortable in the game when skeltons at the helm.

  13. By Stewart Badly on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I belive Kevin Kold wasn’t scared but he is not tough either.

  14. By D on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cards are deep at WR but need a LT. I would call a team as desperate, say Miami Dolphins and make a trade. They need veteren WR bad. Send them E. Doucet for Lydon Murtha backup Tackle from NE. If they don’t think Massie is ready at Right tackle and DJ was getting beat in the Raider game, so was Batiste, Bridges can’t play both spots at once. (Potter isn’t ready either)

  15. By Walter H Richters on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, I will simply state (using some history that Kolb might have to research to figure out what I think) Kolb reminded me of Horatio Gates 232 and one day ago at Camden. Skelton reminded me of George Washington 234 years ago on 6/28 at Monmouth.

    The difference, stepping up and into or galloping away. Nuf said. I fear that Kolb has actually changed an old axiom: Money talks and BS walks (or runs) because he only made one good stand and then he went to pieces. I do have to give Leinart credit for standing in there last night. He had “Kolb Fever” for a long time after his collar bone fracture but it seems he is braver now. Maybe a few years as third string QB somewhere would help Kevin too. Just not here. He costs too much for a third stringer and that is what he appears to be. Maybe PS

    One point off topic, I watched the hit and the coverage the rookie (Bethel wasn’t it? old age and names) was flagged on last night and those were two bad calls. The referees are simply very bad and I pray that the NFL will get off their fannies and settle before regular season or some fans will bail out. Your thoughts?

  16. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    A circling-the-wagon moment?

    Funny, I thought the Cards won last night.

  17. By card62 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    If I played QB with our offensive line I would be scared every week. My prediction is Skelton will win the starting job, but it will not matter as he will be injured because of our horrible offensive line and Russ Grimm that we put up with year after year after year. I hope our defense and special teams can get us into the playoffs but it will be a long shot.

    Kolb has been disappointing but our offensive lines the past 3 seasons have been much more disappointing. Would be nice to have DRC teaming up with PP this season.

    Go Cards

  18. By Patrick on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Actions speak louder than words. If Kevin Kolb wasn’t scared, he wouldn’t have panicked the way he did. The guy obviously got flustered at times, and made boneheaded plays. Defensive Linemen are like sharks if they sense fear they will go in for the kill. Tommy Kelly might be a complete numskull, but he was right about Kevin Kolb being scared in the pocket.

  19. By Stewart Badly on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Where are the Kevin Kold aid drinkers?

  20. By norcalcard on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sorry but actions speak louder then words, and Kolb does two things that speak to this. He runs out of the pocket instead of stepping in. He hangs on to the ball too long instead of at least checking it down. Why? That problem is always because either no one is open, or in this case, (because it’s on tape for everyone to see open receivers). Kolb is paying too much attention to the linemen and not enough attention down field. It must be tough to get comfortable or find any rhythm behind an OL that breaks down every other pass play of course! of course.. But John Skelton has shown it’s not impossible to stay calm, hang in there, find a target, and make a nice throw. (John’s thing is he just needs to stay on target more often) But at least the ball comes out after 3 secs. This QB competition has been completely disappointing, I just have not seen it any other way so far.

  21. By rufus on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb’s toughness (among other things) will continue to be questioned as long as plays like he has with the Cardinals. He is a bust until proven otherwise.

  22. By Really? on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    why respond?

  23. By kerouac9 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting note from Kolb. I’d be more persuaded if he’d done anything to illustrate that he can be a successful NFL QB since the Washington game last year.

    How about you let your play do the talking, Kev?

  24. By Scott H on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, regardless of how qualified Kelly may or not be to criticize Kolb for being skittish and scared….I have to say, I kinda agree with what he is saying. Don’t want to but I do. I keep waiting for the Kevin Kolb I was expecting to show up and it’s just not happening. hate to say it but it feels like we are getting closer to truly embracing the horror that Kolb may be a colassal bust after all.

    And I will say it again – this team ( translation – head coach ) should have been taking a look at John Skelton during the 2010 season instead of sticking with the lost cause that was Derek Anderson. Considering the price we paid for Kolb, the way that was mis-handled during 2010 just continues to loom as a tragedy. The result of that tragedy was that we NEEDED a QB going into 2011 and we had to over-pay for Kolb. Meanwhile, we had John Skelton standing right there on the sidelines and who is now clearly looking like our best option at QB? The very same John Skelton. The on-going decison to keep playing Anderson looks like it prevented us from discovering the QB that may have made the trade for Kolb un-necessary AND may end up being our QB anyway!

    Don’t care if people are tired of hearing this. As long as we continue to pay the bills for this mistake, I will continue to point it out. And the bills just keep coming.

  25. By BIG RED on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Let me remind you, during the super bowl run did we have a good offensive line, NO! right. Was Kurt Warner fast and mobile, NO! but one thing he had was he got rid of the ball fast and quick. So, now don’t blame the OL being the problem. No more excuses for no. 4 he just can’t play in this system and besides looks just like Mr. Kelly said (scared). I would just cut the guy and start the season with the Next three QB’s. Oh! and by the way, we all know that no. 4 is a whole lot faster than Kurt. But Kurt stayed in the pocket and made some good connections with his receivers. So, maybe that’s one of the reason the line doesn’t look very motivated when no.4 is in there. I was surprised when Whiz let go of Lienart, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he would get rid of no.4. This system is not for no.4 so do us a favor and leave, somewhere where you can succeed. Like Dallas.

  26. By Tyler on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    it nice to hear a little swag Kolb now transfer that to the football field

  27. By BIG RED on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Why I mention Dallas is cause thats the way no. 9 plays running and looking like if his trying to do something out of nothing. Which most of the time gets him in trouble. Check with your agent see if he can get you over there. Good Luck no.4 and say hi to mr. jones. Nobody would say your scared at cowboy land cause that’s the way no.9 plays.

  28. By JT on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Actions speak louder then words, I’m sorry to say this but it’s his actions that are two primary things that Kolb does that speak to this. He is frequently running out of the pocket instead of stepping into it. And he’s hanging onto the ball for too long. There can be a couple of reasons for this like no one is open. But that is not the case here since it’s on tape and we see open receivers or at least he could’ve dumped it off or check it down instead of running around with the ball. Is it too extend the play? That maybe Kolb’s intention but again why can’t he find his TE or backs. I see some guys open and I see Kolb just scrambling wildly so yea I think it’s a pretty safe assumption Kolb is not paying enough attention what’s developing down field. And too much attention on the pressure developing around him.

    Speaking of pressure It must be tough to find a comfort zone or groove or really any sorta throwing rhythm when your OL is breaking down every other pass play. However John Skelton has shown you can still stay calm, shift in the pocket (ala Warner), find a target and make an accurate throw. John just needs to stay on target more often. I’m not going to say Kolb is scared, What I think you can call it is lack of confidence. I mean Kevin Kolb nerves are still as shaky as last season when we figured it was just from a lack of confidence in his knowledge of the kinds of plays they were running. Now it’s just looking like a pure lack of confidence in his self. They need to find a way to get that back , I’m sure that’s all it is. Get that back and I’m sure the difference in Kevin would be night and day.

  29. By jeffy1951 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Good for you Kevin. Now go out and PROVE that Kelly was out of line. For the sake of your reputation and the benefit of the Cardinal nation, I wish you luck.

  30. By Isaac on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, I think Kelly is right. I am a Cards fan and I want to stand by Kolb but he has seemed scared since he started. To top it off, he does not have to get hit hard to get injured.

  31. By clssylssy on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Tommy Kelly has taken a few too many bumps on the head and the filter that keeps him from having “running off at the mouth” has been damaged! Anybody who has had a history of concussions would be a little nervous when seeing a bunch of big ole thugs about to jump him…shows good reality testing! LOL!

  32. By DontTakeLoses on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Attaboy Kevin! Dang right!

  33. By Red cards on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    He’s tough all right anyone that brittle needs to be

  34. By Nic on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin Kolb, I have 63 million reasons why you are not a good quarterback. As for people questioning your toughness, you are right they shouldn’t be doing that. You aren’t tough enough to stay on the field long enough for people to question it. I hope you read this and decide to be a good teammate and cut yourself from the roster.

  35. By suspence716 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    “tommy kelly is too clueless to know the difference” The ,difference ,kolb is that kelly will still be a starter come week one and you will be lucky to still have a job. corny kolb

  36. By Stevie on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I was at the game last night and just watched it again on my DVR. Kelly is out of line. It does not appear that Kevin Kolb is playing scared. On at least 2 of the sacks, they occurred because he was looking downfield (and one came from his blind side). Yes, there were a couple of times that he should have thrown it away rather than take the sack, but on the whole his lack of success on possessions after the first , were because someone either missed a block or was beaten by his man. The fans are just not giving Kolb the benefit of a doubt as they do Skelton. It sure looked like KK was trying to stay in the pocket more than in previous games and if he does and doesn’t get the protection, you saw the results. I just love the expert fans who know so much more than the coaches.

  37. By Tim in NJ on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think its unfair to pick a starting QB in a pre-season which hasnt even featured our starting RBs yet. The play calling has been “very” suspect as well. Not defending Kolb but the Raiders were coming for him every play and I never saw one screen pass called. Maybe Cardinals just saving these plays for regular season. Right now I give starting job to Skelton but im not writing Kolb off yet. The season is very long and Kolb will be a big part of the 2012 Cardinals whether he wins starting job or not.

    Go Cardinals!
    Tim in NJ

  38. By Tyman on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey maybe we should bring in mcnabb. Hes not scared!

  39. By dean bower on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    we are stuck with Kolb weather we like or not he starts week one.hang in there big John your team and your fans love you!and thats a fact!!!!!

  40. By Steward Badly on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    The play where KK was flagged for throwing away the football at the 1 yard line, KK spun around and ran to his left where the Raiders DE was waiting for him, clearly KK fault. I just watch that play on my DVR again and he had pass protection. Ryan Williams picked up the linebacker and Levi Brown was in a good position blocking the Raiders DE, what KK could have done is take 2 steps to his left and deliver the football, he just doesn’t know how to move in the pocket without leaving the pocket. We don’t have a very good OL but KK makes it look worst than what it is.

  41. By jason marcus on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Why do all these other teams seem to leave there starters in for almost the whole first half? How do you know how many reps is gonna show you what you want to see in a guy? I feel like something is going on when I am watching our offense, I think Skelton has the job already there just going through the motions with Kollb,for whatever reason the Oline breaks down mostly when he is running the offense.Is that his fault? I hope we figure out something for the Levi situation and fast.The best thing other than Skeltons drive ,Williams td ,and Bethels block return td …WAS THE HIT ON LEINART! whhhooooo go Cards

  42. By sackman on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Why are we trying to TRAIN a Quarterback that has been around for about 5 years or so? He should already know how to play Quarterback. Is Kolb a rookie Quarterback? He was told to quit running out of the pocket to the right. So he was trained to stop. Now he is just standing there in the pocket and he hasn’t a clue what to do with the ball. Now we have to TRAIN him to throw the ball quicker, which this might take a few preseason games. Is the Quarterback competition between Kolb and the drafted rookie for the #2 spot? Because 95% of everybody else thinks Skelton should be our Quarterback. I kind of agree!!! I hope we find out soon the drama is killing me!!!

  43. By KDubADub1324 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    It seems like Kolb’s has a black cloud following him everywhere. For those who say that Kolb is lacking confidence, I totally agree. You can see it in his demeanor. I get people are frustrated with what they’ve seen and want to criticize, but he’s getting mashed on from all angles, and now he’s just getting piled on. Aside from the coaches still wanting to give him every chance to succeed, he’s lost the support of his own teams’s fan base. I don’t know about the rest of you, but i thought i heard boos when he came out for the first series, while the stadium went nuts when Skelton got out there. Wow.

  44. By johnnybluenose on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    i doubt that kolb is afraid. often ineffective, yes, but not afraid. blaine gabbert though, that’s another story. he is afraid. too bad about levi. that hurts us big time.

  45. By john the draft guy on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    this reminds me of 2010 when Anderson was questioned about laughing on the sideline. Anderson should have ignored the dumb question and moved on. Instead, he lost his cool and looked foolish.

    Why is Kolb responding to this? Whether its saying the game matters to you or that you are tough, you come off looking foolish.

    This is why probowl and hall of fame players should be voted on by their peers. They know. There is a great commercial of two women soccer players during a timeout and the one player can tell the other is done. You can lie to fans and media, but Players know.

    Kolb’s best response, go out and play better, read defenses, don’t lock on one WR, and dont run out of the pocket. Darren, you have been in a locker room and you know guys have to earn respect in there. Kolb needs to earn respect.

    I dont know if guys like Fitz has to tell people he is tough, he just catches balls in a crowd. ADub just lays guys out, he isnt telling people he is tough. Keep your mouth shut Kevin and do it on the field.

  46. By Eric Hutchins on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb gets a short field, he is perfect, the score a touchdown, no one comments, Skelton gets a short field and he is Joe Montana. I think this QB competition is actually hurting more than its helping, give someone the keys (I prefer Kolb) and let them gets some real, extended work in.

  47. By scubasteve12 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    wow. kolb can do no right with all you kolb haters. and skelton cant do any wrong.

  48. By Kevin S on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    JeffL —

    Come on, let’s not get too carried away about Kolb’s QB rating vs. Skelton when each has thrown a whopping 15 passes in the preseason. If you’re going to rely on stats, it would make a heck of a lot more sense to put more weight on their 2011 stats where each had over 250 attempts, than their preseason stats where they each have played the equivalent of about a half of football. Any QB can have a half where they go 5 for 15.

    As I said above, I agree that, based on what we can see in these preseason games, Skelton is winning the competition, and I have no problem with it if the Cardinal coaches name him the starter. But we fans don’t see what happens in practice, and condemning a QB based on 15 attempts across a handful of drives is like deciding a baseball hitter can’t hit because he’s 2 for 14 after the first week of spring training.

  49. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Cards passed on Russell Wilson this year and Andy Dalton last year. Those blown opportunities may well cost Graves and Whiz their jobs who are relying on John Skelton to bail them out.

  50. By Cole on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb is the better qb but skelton is the better qb without offensive line

  51. By concerned cards fan on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    cut kolb and get some Oline men bottom line the kid is not in the system for us

  52. By LolWha? on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    How do you deal with all the stupidity [intentional or not] from these posts, Darren?

  53. By TightEndAdvocate on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin Kolb, I commend you! No interceptions thrown, is leap and bound from prior performances! Jim Everett of my once upon a time beloved Rams used to hold onto ball and had plenty folks criticizing his play..,but like you was (in your case “is”) tough as they come! This year, I am not picking you nor John Skelton as a Favorite..,but instead leaving it to your guy’s discretion how to utilize QB’s best friend..,Tight End! (Hint) Aren’t ya’ll glad that Kurt Warner brought me here to AZ..,cause now I can root: “Go Cardinals”!

  54. By Sir60 on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Successful quarterbacks get rid of the ball in less than 3 seconds. Watch the replay of the Broncos/Seahawks game. There is no shame in throwing the ball out of bounds. Kolb must stop trying to extend plays and just trow the ball in 3 seconds or less.

  55. By cards>niniers on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    What Kolb seemed to unintentionally say there is, “I may be a bad quarterback, but I am tough.” I agree with the first part of that idea, but not the second. A tough quarterback doesn’t get happy feet after every sign of pressure. It’s sad to see a team with so much potential wasted on two decidedly mediocre quarterbacks.

  56. By Walter H Richters on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s complete the evaluation of Kevin Kolb. All of you that actually saw the game, consider this. Skelton wompleted three of three with a touchdown. Kevin didn’t do as well. NOW, TO JUDGE KEVIN.

    LINDLEY STOOD IN THE POCKET WITH THE SAME O-LINE PROTECTION OR LESS AND DID A MUCH BETTER JOB.

    Oh well. Nuff said. The term Skittish is being kind. Kevin cannot make himself concentrate on the receivers instead of the sound of feet closing in on him.

  57. By Giorgio on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Good for you, Kevin, you are professional doing what most people don’t do or can’t do in life. The problem w/the Cards is not Kolb, or Skelton, or the OL, it’s Whizenhunt. The wait and see Q-back competition is amateurish and nuts. No real company operates like that. This is Whizenhunt’s team–he’s paid a lot of money and rightly so to be Head Coach, but he created the mess and is either going to have to fix it fast, or be gone himself after the season. Has anyone ever asked that maybe the Offense scheme doesn’t work and/or doesn’t fit the player personnel they put on the field?? And if not, why? He and his OL pal-coach Russ Grimm have had every opportunity to fix the quaterback situation since they’ve got here. Anotehr bad experient gone south. He got lucky w/Kurt Warner for a few years, but they had issues too. He was OC at the Steelers under Coach Bill Cowher and he had issues w/Rothlisberger. Something doesn’t gel, and hasn’t for awhile!! While this is not Boston or New York where the media doesn’t stand for BS by pro teams, the local media does have an obligation to report fact about what is really going on instead of letting by serving up a lot of hopes and wishes. I say this as an Arizonan all my life-not a transplant-and long time Cards fan.

  58. By john the draft guy on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Eric, scubasteve and any other Kolb supporter;

    Since we are not at practice, we cant use that, but can any of you go to the games and point out any reason Kolb should be the starter?

    I’m just curious. If you read my post, I try to be fair and say things the way I see them. But Kolb’s play is really bad. ( I have posted several examples)

    Forget Skelton, Please tell me what you see in Kolb that I am missing.

  59. By cardsalltheway on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mike McNulty(our new QB coach) must not have taught K. Kolb a thing.

  60. By fred on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb can say what he wants but the way he take off to the right like A scared rabbit says it all .We all seen what happened on the field. kolb 0 skelton 3 skelton just won the job !

  61. By Dennis on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Kolb is tough; but playing the way he does will shorten his season again.

  62. By Darrell on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    I am a Cardinals fan and don’t care for the Raiders at all. But I have to agree with Kelly about Kolb. He is scared. I was at a couple of games last year that he walked by my seats to get to the locker room after he couldn’t take the pressure anymore. In my family we don’t use the word cry anymore. The word has been replaced with Kolb. Hey, the babies Kolbing. Don’t Kolb, everything will be alright. There’s a reason the Eagles were willing to get rid of him. And we gave up DRC. Who got the better end of that deal? Not the Cards. Time to cut their losses, show him the door like they did Leinart, And play Skelton. Nobody would question your toughness Kolb if you had any. Now stop Kolbing and pack your bags and get out of town.

  63. By Walter H Richters on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    OK Kolb fans, here is a post from a few days ago from a fan that has watched Lindey for four years of college. I will re-post this just to remind everyone here of a fact nobody but this guy can know unless they were a fan of San Diego college ball. I was a Kolb supporter for as long as he was still a contender. As for you Whisenhunt bashers, go find someone who needs bashing. The Whizard is the best coach we have ever had including Don Coreyl and yes, I was a big fan during the 70s. I have been since 1962 so my bet is I will age most of you concerning Cards football and the owners/coaches thereof. Mike Bidwell and his staff including Whiz are the best we have had unless you count the very beginning when Mr. Bill and Charley’s daddy won the championship.

    Quote:
    By AztecRandy on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply
    Hey Cardinal fans. Quick observation from someone that watched Lindley play for 4 years in college. It is fact that he was a 6th round pick, but before his senior season he was projected as high as the 2nd round. It hurt him a lot that his top 2 receivers (Vincent Brown, Chargers and DeMarco Sampson, Cards) went to the NFL, but then he lost his top 3 returning WR’s to injury before the season started. His numbers struggled, but he still led us to a bowl game while breaking most of our career passing records. And we’ve always been a passing school (Don Coryell, Brian Sipe, Todd Santos, Dan McGwire, Billy Blanton).
    Couldn’t watch the game tonight, but I did see the HOF game. It’s no secret that Ryan has the intangibles to be a successful NFL QB, but he was lacking a few things. One of them was extending the play by sensing pressure in the pocket. From what I saw on Sunday, he has worked very hard on this aspect of his game. He moved the pocket and extended multiple plays in the 4th quarter. In college he would have been sacked in those situations.
    If I have one criticism it is that I’d still like to see him put a little more touch on his 15+ yard passes. A couple of those throws on the final drive could have been big plays or TD’s with a little air under the ball.
    I won’t say that he’s the next Tom Brady, but given the proper grooming, Ryan has much more upside than any of the other QB’s on your roster.

  64. By jason marcus on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously, we have to be sad as fans we just watched our team who crawled back to contenders, to having to give 62mil for a guy who looked good in 7 games? Last year he looked decent in maybe 2 or three games? Those are future back up stats ,either one of these dudes steps foward in the next couple games or we are in for a wacky season, and may not have a true franchise qb for yrs to come. I love whiz but he would have made more of an effort with the qb position, but that tells you how hard it really is to find a good qb.

  65. By FanSinceJamesHart on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    The cardinals passed on Donovan McNabb for more reasons other than the fact his ability looked diminished.
    He was a product of the west coast offense and that didn’t fit to what this team is. I don’t see how Kolb is any different, I do however understand and support the trade for him; they had no choice at the time.
    Regardless of investment size, sometimes you need to stop throwing good money after bad, drop the pride and realize it didn’t work out. That’s what the Cardinals need to do, end of the year, keeping Kolb as a backup or even cut him if he is a distraction.
    They gambled and lost, they should keep the mentality of keep taking chances in the future though.
    It’s one thing to have hobbies but for Kolb to say he wants to be a professional fisherman? A professional really? Focus on your PROFESSION you already get paid for and keep it as a hobby you idiot.
    Arizona is one of the best outdoor states in the United States for hunting and fishing, you have to wonder where his focus is. Considering he wants to become a professional fisherman and hunts as much as he can (who knows if hunting goes beyond a hobby).
    I’m a author of novels (not a editor, she gets paid to fix my bad engrish) You know what? I want to be a professional weight lifter now too… that’s it. That’s how stupid it is.
    For his comments towards Kelly, the fact he even responded to them is stupid and shows he can get trolled easy,
    He should have more important things to worry about than the comments of a trash talker, which there is plenty in the NFL.
    Important things like winning the starting job and focusing on getting better. I doubt he will do either.

  66. By Blake on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb along with Whizz and Graves will be out of a job at the end of this season!

  67. By Eazy E on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    So happy that Tommy Kelly said this about Kolb. Kolb is skittish and scared out there, he is totally right. Once a bit and I mean a bit of pressure comes at him, he out of there. Dude, your not Michael Vick or Cam Newton and even those athletic marvels don’t run all the damn time, stay your behind in the pocket or step up in the pocket or avoid the rush like Skelton did when Belcher did a superman and he easily slid over and completed a pass to Dre on a deep comeback. It’s over in my mind and many others, Skelton should be the starter against Seattle, see what the cap hit for a release on Kolb is and cut him if it’s decent, and sign McNabb to REALLY push Skelton for the starting job, but Skelton would get first dibs because he knows the offense better and he deserves it after his blowout of Kolb in this fake QB competition. Kolb got his butt whooped by Skelton. McNabb has been working with Fitz in the offseason over the years and it would be his last opportunity most likely to start and get a Super Bowl ring with a talented football team on both sides of the ball.

  68. By BIG RED on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    It would be nice to have McNabb for a year, so he would help Skelton on the pro game. Since Warner believes more on no.4, I don’t see what Kurt sees on no.4. Since we all can see Skelton is alot better player then no.4 why wouldn’t Warner try and help out JS. Com’on Kurt help the young kid.

  69. By jay on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Cardinals have a rep of being a bad football team.In 3 cities, Chicago,St.Louis Mo,and Arizona….nearly 100 years of football,only one Super Bowl…..and only a hand full of championships.Bad ownership….They should have offered KURT WARNER 63 MIL….He may have stayed..He still had a few years left in him.He and Q and Fitz caried a bad team to that super bowl and Kurt and Fitz even got them to the playoffs a year later.This o line was bad when they played..they beat them with Toad Healey and speed….And were 35 secs away from their only SUPER BOWL in History.The defence could not hold for 1 minet.Enough said.I have watched the Cardinals for years…in St.Louis and Arizona.I Love them.But this QB thing is a bust…Niether QB is good enough to get them a winning season.Play LINDLEY and let him grow…He has the most talent for the future…and the future is all we have in ARIZONA….Both KOLB and SKELTON are only GET BY QB’s….FITZ SHOULD ASK TO BE TRADED SO HE CAN GET A SUPER BOWL RING.It will be another 100 years before the CARDINALS get back in a super bowl.They should try to get KURT back…after siting out he could still give them a good run.That would be better then this joke.Why not try to get SAM BRADFORD…he is wasting away in St.louis.Might work….It took a ST.LOUIS QB to get Arizona in the superbowl?????THEY WASTED KURTS TALENT WHILE TRYING TO GET MATT LIENART READY…..WE MAY HAVE HAD 2 SB’s…….THE CARDINALS HAVE ALLWAYS HAD SOMEONE ON THE SIDELINE WHO WAS BETTER THEN THE HIGH PAID QB.LIENART TOOK HIS MONEY AND RAN.That didn’t teach them anything.Kurt gets paid less and gets them in the SUPER BOWL and they only had to pay Q and Warner Would have stayed.We lost Q….and Rogers and Kurt and haley.That is why Arizona stinks.

  70. By Scott H on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dennis –

    Well said and I agree. I don’t question Kolb’s toughness. I think he is a gamer and wants to make a play every time he takes a snap. Unfortuantely, it is that same tendency that exposes him to too many hits that his body is not able to withstand. He’s just got the wrong body for the way he plays. And this O-line ain’t helping him, either. Sadly, that is a facor. Kolb may be capable of being a top tier QB in this league if he could get consistent protection from a better line. Who knows? Doesn’t matter. THIS O-line looks generally inept in regard to pass protection and we’re seeing how this plays out. For whatever reason, it just looks different when Skelton plays. He is bigger & stronger than Kolb and seems more willing to step up in the pocket as oppsed to running out of it. Spare me the stats, I don’t care. Skelton has not only put up more wins, he has experienced far fewer injuries. He is much better suited for this team right now. I say give him the job and let’s more forward because I’m sick of the on-going un-certainty at the QB position.

  71. By politoons on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    Flinch…a reaction to the kick of a firearm. Kolb flinches because he expects to get the impact of RECOIL on every play.
    The “O” line looks below average at best. Raiders ran over them @ will. I am amazed “Whiz” isn’t making major changes right now !
    !st set of downs, Kolb was looking good and made things happen. He is far more accurate than Skelton which will have interception implications in game situations.
    2nd. set with Kolb looked like “De Ja Vue” Swiss cheese “O” line letting the defense have their way and sack Kolb repeatedly. Kolb should have dumped the ball off…if in fact he even had that much time.
    Enter Skelton….”O” line gives him 10 minutes to adjust and read plays, making a comparrison impossible. Now, Brown is Down..and out. We will see how well Skelton performs with 5 Titans hanging on his back on every play.
    Where is the outrage for below average “O” line play???? Is a left tackle and a few guards an impossible dream beyond the GRIMM circumstances of the Arizona Cardinals??? I don’t get it.
    How can we advocate to get rid of Kolb when his “O” line sucks and is directly responsible for allowing defenseS to run over our quaterback? How do you rate Kolb with a crappy “O” line. Kolb may be better than Skelton or he may not, who would know with lopsided play.
    Kolb nay sayers are short sighted and willing to accept “Whiz’s” and Grimms’ failure to field a good Offensive line !st. Failure to field the foundation of a team that has time develop plays or open running lanes.

  72. By politoons on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    The silence from the cardinals is deafening on a major lineman deal.
    No trade and pay up to establish an advantage for whomever will be the QB.
    Just think what a subliminal message that would be to Kolb if they went out and bought an armored monster to plug the pass rush.
    I would advertise on E-bay and see if any Monsters are @ home, ignored by coaches like “Whiz” and unemployed….! bring everybody in and look-see!
    From the foundation up, I believe the saying goes, unless its the cardinals who have a coach who wants to copy the steelers with a Rothlesberg clone.
    One can’t help think the ownership is still stingy by nature and Money is the real factor here. Kolb was necessary for season ticket sales but a top Lineman isn’t since they have already sold out.
    We may never know what would have worked and delivered a finely tuned offense with either QB. Skelton may do well, I hope he does. he will be encouraged to gain 80 pounds so he can drag 3 or 4 defenders around with him.
    Kolb could do well with even an average “O” line….but the Cardinals don’t have one and the silence from tempe is deafening.

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