They sit next to each other in meetings and talk in practice when Larry Fitzgerald has a break — you know, since Kevin Kolb can’t practice until Thursday because of league rules. Considering they can’t do everything they need to do together, they are building chemistry the best they can.
“He’s trying to get me some things I don’t want to do,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s a dipper, a chewer and he tries to get me to put a little inside my lip. I won’t do it. I heard it makes you throw up.
“But we’re having fun. He’s learning. He’s the son of a coach and always looking at film. He’ll call you up and ask, ‘I’m looking at this play, what are you thinking?’ And I’m like, ‘Kevin, I’m sleeping.’ But that’s him, he wants to be great.”
Kolb chuckles at the last anecdote and the idea he’s up at all hours watching video — “He’s a liar, but I appreciate him taking up for me,” Kolb said — but the quarterback is doing whatever he can to be ready as soon as he can.
“We’re spending a lot of time on it,” Kolb said. “I’m not naïve enough to think I don’t have a lot of work to do.”
There is clearly a mutual admiration society going on already, and, save for the couple of days Kolb stayed with Fitz in the offseason — during baseball’s all-star weekend in Phoenix, when Kolb threw with Fitzgerald — it’s based on the idea of playing together rather than actually playing together.
“He’s going to make my life a lot easier,” Fitzgerald said.
Said Kolb, “He’s made two or three catches where, I’ve been here, what, 48 hours and I am already expecting when the ball goes up he’s going to make the catch every time. It’s almost unfair to him.”
The two were talking shop on the sideline Monday, with Fitz trying to explain to Kolb how he liked to run a certain route (pictured below). Fitz loves to point out that the best QB-WR combinations are the ones who have been together for a while, like Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, or Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. Clearly, Kolb-to-Fitz can’t be there yet, but — assuming Fitz re-signs — there is the potential of that development. In the meantime, the duo will keep talking about football, since it’s all they can do.
“It helps to a certain extent,” Kolb said. “The thing I love about the way coaches run things here, it’s kind of an open discussion. Fitz and I are picking each other brains, how we like to do things. The next step is just getting out there and completing the ball to one another.”
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