Kevin Kolb likes working in the no-huddle offense. He’s done it his whole life, working in up-tempo schemes in both high school and at the University of Houston. It made sense that it clicked for him against Seattle Sunday during his game-winning drive. But even Kolb understands and believes it can’t be an option 100 percent of the time.
“The downside you don’t give your defense a rest if you do go three-and-out,” Kolb said. “You’re out there for 40 seconds, and the defense is back on the field. You have to be careful with it.”
It’s more than that, of course. The no-huddle frequently features a lot of shotgun, and the run game is minimalized in those situations. The Cards didn’t run it well in the opener, but that certainly isn’t their plan going forward. Like anything else, defenses get a bead on what the offense is doing and adjust, and that includes the no-huddle.
Kolb noted this offense has long embraced the no-huddle, since Kurt Warner had so much success running it. Fans and coaches remember that. “It’s kind of bred into us here,” Kolb said. It will definitely be part of the Cards’ plan going forward, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, but that’s really nothing new. It’s much harder for specialized defensive substitutions in those situations. The defense also gets tired, even if an offense lets the clock run a little bit. Some of the no-huddle benefit isn’t so much the speed as the ability to snap it at any moment. That’s mentally wearing on a defense, even waiting through a large chunk of the play clock.
Kolb said his comfort comes in part because he’s the one often calling a play. “A lot of it I am calling myself, so initially when you look, you know exactly what you are looking for, whereas when a coach gives you something and you are wondered, ‘Is he thinking this, this or this?’ ” Kolb said. “You stop overthinking the game.”
If it works like it did against the Seahawks, with Kolb throwing a TD and jumping into the arms of a happy offensive line, you certainly aren’t going to ignore the possibilities.
“It fits us well, it fits me well,” Kolb said. “But you can’t do it the whole time. You have to use it as a change of pace I think.”
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