Kolb: Concussion “something you don’t mess with”

Posted by Darren Urban on December 13, 2011 – 3:15 pm

Quarterback Kevin Kolb, during his weekly radio interview on XTRA 910, said his “symptoms are pretty good” Tuesday, and hopes to be able to be cleared for Sunday against Cleveland.

But Kolb, who said he has had two “major” concussions in his career, clearly is going to be smart after suffering a concussion against the 49ers.

“This is obviously something you don’t mess with,” Kolb said. “We need our minds fresh as we go on through life. I’ll will push to be out there but also be honest with how I feel.”

Kolb said he visited with a neurologist and took a series of tests. He thinks he passed his baseline test but was waiting to hear what his results were from his physical tests. He remembers the play, but not the chaos right after. Kolb said he remembered getting up and “losing my balance a little bit.” Head athletic trainer Tom Reed told Kolb on the sideline that he didn’t think Kolb looked right.

“As I went through call sheet and plays, it just wasn’t clicking,” Kolb said. “Then when the adrenaline begins to fall, that’s when symptoms start to kick in.” The crowd noise began to bother Kolb and he developed a “bad” headache. “When I tried to take dropbacks, it was a big blur and of course, you can’t play quarterback like that. It was almost like an out-of-body experience.

“It’s a strange feeling, something you don’t want to go through at all.”

Kolb acknowledged he was frustrated and upset, and he said his body language — arms folded — probably showed that.

“You work your tail off all week to play those games and as anyone can imagine, it’s frustrating to go out on the third play of the game and have that happen,” Kolb said. “That’s why I was upset and you probably saw that. It’s weird. You lose your emotions — I do — with a concussion. You’re almost like a statue. That’s the way I felt as the game went on.”

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63 Responses to “Kolb: Concussion “something you don’t mess with””

  1. By DontTakeLoses on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Feel for the dude. Had binocs on him on sidelines, he looked concussed; just one more hurdle to overcome. Giddyup KK. WE need you.

  2. By Paul H on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    All this talk about Haley coming back. As Darren likes to say, let’s tap the breaks. Do we even have a opening yet? If anything, Whiz is very methodical about making any change. He seems to like both Millers. Coach will evaluate that during the long off season I’m sure. Can Haley play tackle? That’s our weak link and until we fix that we will struggle on offense. Wish I had a dollar for every time Kolb has to run for his life to the right side because Levi can’t engage the rusher for at least a second. If that isn’t priority number one for next year then I don’t know what would be.

  3. By carlo italy 7000 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    kolb i think is very soft…i think we cant count on him too much,,,are more the games he miss then the game he play…he can stay just healthy when he is on the u think is possible to put a franchise team in his hands??

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    carlo —

    RE: Kolb

    Again, not sure how getting kicked in the head hard enough that your brain bounces off the inside of your skull makes you “soft.”

  5. By Jason on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    This reminds me of a previous time. A time when he got sacked by Clay Matthews and got a concussion. Keep your head up Skelton. Kolb and his “glass head” will keep you under center!

  6. By Kevin on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the people who just think Kolb was supposed to “man up” and get back out there, give him the benefit of the doubt after reading this. Unless you think he’s lying about how he felt, he had no business out there.

  7. By Big Red Hyperbole on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Darren —

    RE: Kolb’s “softness”

    Your point is well taken, there is nary a football player in the league that we should really consider “soft.” Well, at least not now that both Gramatica brothers are out of the game. BOOM!

    But seriously, maybe what carlo means isn’t so much that he’s incapable of being tough, but possibly that he has the tendency of getting injured. Let’s assume soft doesn’t mean “not tough”, but instead that it means having the tendency of getting hurt (Beanie rings a bell here too). Over the course of 3(?) years in the league this appears to be a decent assumption (concussion, turf toe, now concussion again).

    Or do you think this is an entirely unfair assessment?

  8. By Darren Urban on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Hyperbole —

    RE: Getting hurt

    That’s the risk you run when you try and evaluate. Are these freak? Is he more prone? I think they are fair questions. I don’t know if, again given the injuries he has had, that has anything more than bad luck (knee to the head, foot trapped beneath him on a tackle by a 320-pound guy) but you have to be on the field to produce. That’s why the player evaluators get paid big money.

  9. By Dylan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    i guess no one knows about second impact syndrome. which btw results in death so what would he want to risk his life just for a football game?

  10. By David on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Good answer Darren! Although he took a knee to the head from a 259 pound LB who was sprinting to the ball that made his noodle bounce around like a pinball. Get health Kolb!!!

  11. By alan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I challenge anyone who thinks Kolb is soft to kneel down and let me kick you in the head as hard as I can and see if you can go back to work.

  12. By joecb91 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Just look at what happened with Colt McCoy last week, do you people really want to have him go back out there right away and deal with all the same things the Browns are going through now?

  13. By tim on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb’s a nice backup, go Johnnie Skeltonian!

  14. By TUCSTEVE on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    people need to lay off kolb.

  15. By Alex Mann on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Lol… Kolb is weak? Hah go on out there and get kicked in the back of the head. Then we’ll talk k? I’ve played WR and CB and i’ve had this happen plenty of times. I’ve been lucky enough that many of those times I didn’t get the concussion but I’ve still suffered from them. So again, go out there and get hit in the head.

  16. By sean loggie on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    get better kev, i believe u r our franchise qb, and we need u if were gonna win these last 3 games and get a wildcard

  17. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Though their attitudes and desires for playing football were/are completely polar opposite, Kolb’s concussion problems remind me of another Cardinal QB who threw in the towel after suffering one:

  18. By Sid on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve spent the last two season looking for kurt warner and ignoring the things that made him great. His size made hurting him harder. Skelton has that kolb doesn’t. what both of them lack is that firey jesus faith that they can win despite everything. Look at tape of warner in the huddle his arm was great but i think that either of these guys kolb or skelton could develop that, but i think kolb doesn’t have what it takes to be a leader, he’s to easily rattled, skelton is young but when he hits the field he takes charge and takes responsiblity for his mistakes without letting it destroy him for the rest of the game. That being said I agree with Darren in kolbs defense a concussion is no joke, if you think about it, it retired kurt warner and that dude was definately NOT glass so give kolb a break and if you wanna hate on him (i do) then at least do it for things he can control, I don’t think crapping on him for getting an injury is fair.

  19. By wonderingwhy on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Concussions suck, getting hurt sucks. I feel for the guys that play week in and week out. Nobody talks about the ice baths, heating pads, physical therapy and all these guys go through daily to entertain us. The guys out there are big and fast most of us could not take a hit like Kolb or colt mccoy took this week. This is the way the ball bounces for Kolb, he gets hurt, we are going to have to deal with it or wait until Cheeseburger is released from the steelers then we can pick him up 🙂

  20. By Andy M on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m impressed with how Kolb has handled adversity and the lucid way he discusses his caution with concussions. He has it right and anyone who questions his toughness can kiss off.

  21. By OLDude on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I TOTALLY disagree with the “soft” label – to have a 250+ lb. hit you from behind unexpectedly with his knee is probably close to being hit with a sledgehammer (thank God for good helmets) I perceive a change in his pocket presence and comfort level and anticipate good production from him in the very near future. Being the friend of a person who received a severe brain trauma I can tell you that concussions are by no means anything that should be taken lightly. The cumulative effect of even a few “moderate” concussions can have a lifelong effect on mental processes and to call Kevin “soft” is an unfair characterization of him. I believe he has the potential to be a very good NFL QB but that potential means little in 20 years when his potential as a father and husband and functional human being is severely limited for his lifetime because of irresponsible treatment of a miraculous but fragile organ called the brain in an attempt to win a few football games which nobody will remember.l

  22. By Larry Fitz Jr. on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb needs to man up! He signed a 65 million dollar contract, and he needs to live up to it! Not to mention out of the handful of games hes been healthy for he has played poorly, and while he was injured for the other games Skelton came in and won the majority of those games! Kolb needs to step up and be the franchise QB everyone thought he would be and show his superiority over Skelton! Everyone else is stepping up! I like Kolb i am just dissapointed in his play so far, and the injuries are frustrating!

    GO CARDS!!

  23. By andres on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    The reason Skeleton looks so much better and has won more games is because the defense actually started to play well half way through the season and Kolb’s he did pretty well it’s just the defense wouldn’t help him and he lost the game in the 4th when the d gave up there lead Ravens game, Seahawks game, and so on basically everyone except the Vikings

  24. By vsancards on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Forget soft or not. It is league mandated rules that kept Kolb out, not himself or the coaching staff. I also agree with the league.

    That is why it is important to have a good back up. Kudos to John Skelton for stepping in and making some good plays. I think we are pretty set at QB for years to come.

  25. By ben on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    darren if you payed me 20 mil in garunteed money i”d let mr.bidwell kick me in the head every morning on the way out the door. i mean come on man, just saying, and he”s do 45 more if he stays on the team. what would you be willing to take to have 20 mil for your family

  26. By Darren Urban on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ben —

    RE: Money/Head injuries

    Well guess what. For that money, he did get kicked in the head. And he got a concussion.

    And millions don’t matter if you are dead or have dementia by the time you are 50.

  27. By KDub&ADub13&24 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Soft? Let me knee you in the back of your head or slam you face first into the turf (like what happened in Philly last year) and let me know if you get up juiced up and alert, instead of woozy and disorientated. Idiot…..Kolb will be alright for AZ. This year just wasn’t the year. The defense wasn’t helping him out too much earlier on and the blame ultimately fell on him because he couldn’t clean up their mess. Kolb hasn’t been great but he sure hasn’t been horrible either. Hes been maybe a C quarterback at best, but a reasonable intelligent fan would have expected that or a B at best given the situation with the lockout. What do you expect from a guy who did not have an off-season to learn the offense and build chemistry with the offense? Not to mention the tackles have been less than stellar, and i think their play would cause most to get happy feet in the pocket. Aside from Warner (because of his Arena Football experience), all the great QBs have had a solid OL. But a lot of fans are too ignorant or just plain dumb to understand how much it takes to become solid in this league and if you don’t win now at this exact minute, you suck. Cards could have easily been 9-4 right now had the D held up against NYG, WAS, and BAL, games in which Kolb played. Cards are better off w/Kolb at the helm and I think he could be the franchise QB. He looked a lot better in the 2nd half in his return against DAL. Skelton may have the better record, but he has NOT been that great. He happened to come in to a good situation when the D started playing lights out. Kolb will be lights out next year….anyhow, enough ranting. hang in there kolb. go CARDS!

  28. By az1965 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I love football but hate this stuff… pretty scary to lose your mind like that. I hope he fully recovers.

  29. By Peter in Canada on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    The talk of Kolb being soft or a wuss is totally unjustified. He has admitted to having suffered two major concussions. He has possibly had others without realizing it. The problem is that every concussion renders the victim more prone to future concussions. Anyone who has followed the Crosby saga knows that. When Kolb suffered a concussion from what some people deemed a light hit, as if there are any light hits in the NFL, it was because he may have become concussion prone. Another player who has not suffered prior concussions might have been able to shrug it off but Kolb could not.

    I hope he can come back but I think this is a very worrying sign. I feel it was the concussions that forced Warner’s retirement. He wanted to enjoy the rest of his life.

  30. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    All you have to do is look at Al Toon, Wayne Cherbet, and in the extreme, Andre Waters and Dave Duerson.
    Have to honor former Card Sean Morey, Lofa Tatupu and Matt Birk donating their brains to science after they pass so maybe they can find a reason why/how concussions occur.

    And while they may not receive much monetary or publicity for their deeds, it’s better than a kick in the head.

  31. By SuperBird on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    On a side note… fantasic piece on fitz… if any of you read that and dont get inspired to be better in what you do, then you are not a real human being at all. Keep em coming man. GO CARDS!!! See you all at the game this weekend, I am finally leaving Texas and going home where I belong… AT UofP STADIUM!!!

  32. By Chuck 1 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m getting TIRED, REALLY TIRED, of the fans on this board who are blasting Kolb for not having the guts to play through a “LITTLE” concussion.

    You “MAN UP”, morons.

    Exhibit some common sense (although from you comments, I doubt that you have any)!!!

  33. By Eric on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Although the INTELLIGENT fans have already said it, I still can’t help myself. Wow, there are some really dumb jerks on here. Man up? Are you serious? No one wearing an NFL uniform needs to “man up”, that happened for them a long time ago. Hopefully this solidifies the need to get the guy some protection this off season. I lobe our guard and center play, but the tackles are horrible, and they have cost us not only games, but now they have cost us a quarterback, something I said was bound to happen earlier this year, on this board.

    In think it’s ridiculous how people forget so quickly how awesome Kolb played against Dallas in the second half of that game, against a team that shred him when he played them last in Philly. With new tackles and an off season to get healthy and totally integrated into this offense he will be good to go. I love Johnny Skelton, but Kolb is a much more accurate passer, and more athletic. It’s clear to anyone that watches that he is still the better QB.

    Get better KK, we need you next year, so please make sure your good to go before going back out there. 9-7 and possible playoffs would be awesome, but a full season and division championship next year would be MUCH BETTER.

  34. By azcards24 on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    i dont care what all you say HE WON US 2 GAMES THIS YEAR….. TWO?!!! THATS IT! he will take 11 million dollars for this season NO MATTER WHAT!!! most hard working risk taking people will never even see 1/10 of that in their whole lifes HE MAKES ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS A GAME…. TO WORRY ABOUT A PROBLEM 25 YEARS FROM NOW?. NO NO NO NO NO, IF YOU CANT DO THE JOB THEN DON’T TAKE THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!!

  35. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    azcards24 —

    RE: Money/health

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why there will always be a disconnect between the athletes and the fans. You all want to know if the athletes hear you? They hear this stuff.

  36. By Mikeincg on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb needs to MAN UP. Look at a linebacker and see how hard they get popped in the head and pop back up but they stumble back to the huddle and play the next play-they MAN UP. Sorry for all the excuse makers on this board for Kolb, but you are wrong.

    I think Kolb is going to lose the team if he doesnt start being on the field more and show some tough leadership, look what big Ben does for Pittsburgh they would walk through a mine field for that guy.

    Kolb is soft and fragile, hard to build a tough team around a soft leader.

  37. By ben on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply


  38. By Wonderingwhy on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think alot of people are disappointed with Kolbs play. He either holds the ball for an eternity and gets crushed or he runs the ball for 1 or 2 yards and we end up with 3 and outs. This is something that has been consistent since he has been a cardinal.

    Cam Newton a rookie that has not played in the NFL, had no off season and is doing very well. Roethlisberger finds ways to extend the play and gets the ball to his play makers all the time. He gets crushed and gets up and plays with a broken thumb and an ankle sprain. By the way his Oline sucks too.

    Kolb can’t find a way to get the ball out of his hands. He does not have pocket presence and pays for it with injuries.

    We had what 44 yards the entire first half of the Cowboys game?

    People want to see that he is going to be a good QB for us. He has had turf toe, concussion and couple that with low production that’s why people are saying to get on the field already.

  39. By Ijustwanttoseemyselftype on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    I just think Kolb and Skelton should compete for the job. Yeah we lost DRC and a second round pick for Kolb, but I don’t see what Skelton doesn’t bring to the table. Yes he is inconsistent, but he makes the big throws for 20+ yard gains and is YOUNG. Something Kolb has passed. Pun intended. Skelton is in a position to learn and Kolb isn’t a HOF QB. If Skelton was in the desert when Warner was playing, I think he would have gotten great pointers. I just don’t think he has gotten a good look before this season. He had the best record of all the joke QBs of last year. Kevin Kolb has been inconsistent throughout the season in performance and injuries. To those who insist Kolb is the best thing on this earth and that it’s all the O tackle’s fault he isn’t doing well then you should realize Skelton is playing with that exact same O line. He is more athletic than Kolb and can escape more easily from pressure than Kolb. Yes, Kolb has his merits, but I don’t see Skelton getting a shot as a true starter. There is just mention of him in passing as a sub that is achieving like TJ Yates. Skelton only has the D and specials to rely on. The backfield is one of the most banged up in the NFL. He’s shown he can play. Give him a shot.

  40. By Gary Jeeter on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    If you watch the replay it looked like more like glancing contact from knee to helmet more then a direct hit, but hard to tell. Isn’t this type of contact what helmets are made for? Maybe an emergency helmet re-design is needed. By all means, side on the cautious side and get things checked out and make sure he is ok. In the meantime he should man up and forfeit his enormous salary. Gotta give Skelton alot of credit for coming in playing like that unexpectedly with no snaps during the week in practice, and against a team like SF.

  41. By John the Draft Guy on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    When I played football ( a hundred years ago), the old coaching saying was;
    Coach- you got your bell rung, what do you see?
    Player – I see 3 of you
    Coach – well hit the one in the middle

    When I coached HS football in Southeast Texas in the 1990’s, coaches became aware of dehydration. Every coach I knew, made sure players were hydrated and took breaks in that hot sun. But we knew nothing of concussions (their seriousness).

    Today, all coaches want to win but have been educated about head injuries. Any respectable coach takes it serious and will be on the safe side. But so much falls on the players shoulders to tell the truth. Hats off to Kolb and the medical staff for making sure Kolbs safety was first.

    Kevin Kolb is the best QB on this team. But as I mentioned, (and not blaming Kolb) he has to find a way to stay on the field to improve and be the franchise guy the coaching staff thought. Unfortunately, this year, injuries have kept him out of too many games.
    What I need to see out of Kevin, is him standing in the pocket, stepping into his throws, and remaining healthy. Can we go into next year with a question mark at QB ? Especially with this years QB draft class. Here’s to hoping the next 3 games are great for you Kevin.

  42. By TucsonTim on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Do you think the hit on Skelton during the fumble was legal? Looked like the safety led with the crown of his helmet as Skelton was starting a slide/being pulled down from behind.

  43. By Darren Urban on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    TucsonTim —

    RE: Skelton fumble

    To be honest, I didn’t get a chance to look at the replay. I thought it was going to be close that he may be down. As far as an illegal hit, I just don’t know. The Cards didn’t say a peep about it so I’d guess they were fine with the play.

  44. By Jzoully on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Does it matter who plays quarterback, everyone is being dumb about there comments. You guys are REALLY satisified about the play of Kolb and Skelton? I don’t even think that having two players with over 1000 yards throwing is that impressive. By years end the Colts with Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky will both have over 1000 yards throwing, not a big deal. DON’T aim for bearly making the playoffs, why can’t the Cardinals make the playoffs by being the top 2 seed or number 1 team in the league? Is that too big of an order? 12-4 or even 14-2? Are we worse then the Packers really? They are good, but I believe that we are better then them. But like next year we will start off slow once again and everyone will say “Fire Whis or Horton” when everyone knows that each season starts slow and we don’t find out who will be the winner of the NFC West until week 12 or 15? Come on guys just hope for brighter things. Like Byron Leftwich from Pittsburgh who is very solid, or drafting a quarterback who is accurate and very less “glass-like”.

  45. By Jzoully on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply


    You are completely right, when you have no pocket presense you are able to get injured, that’s what Kolb lacks is pocket presense. And he was drafted in 2008, I don’t think he can learn pocket presense, too late for that. Difference between Beanie and Kolb was that Beanie was in his second year, Kolb is in his fourth year, come on man stop making excuses. Levi Brown and Brandon Keith are giving enough time for guys like Bartell can throw touchdowns. And Skelton is not the answer, trust me I said it last year and still everyone wants to put him in a starting role? Why? Because he has the top 5 best defense in league, or because Fitz makes everything easy for a young quarterback? Or because Beanie is having a pro-bowl year. Seriously Darren free agency will be great, mainly because Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, or Dennis Dixon are free agents.

  46. By John the Draft Guy on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply


    Leftwich, Batch, and Dixon ??? Really??

    You have it part right. If Beanie is running at a probowl level and the defense is playing at a top 5 level, you will win games. The last 5-6 weeks are evidence of that.

    Whether Kolb or Skelton is the answer, first you have to know the question.
    If the question is, can we win with them? Then yes.

    Are they going to be the next Rodgers or Brees? Most likely not.
    But neither are the prized Free Agents you mentioned.

    If you don’t feel you have a franchise QB now, then the only way you are getting one is through the draft. With guys like Barkley, Tannehill, Landry Jones, Brandon Weeden, and Nick Foles, this is a good year to grab one.

    I think Kolb in the next 3 games will tell me where we are at.

  47. By Dylan on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Darren- is there any way to block cap lock on this because it is so annoying and hurts my eyes to read.

    plus people get over yourselfs. he is working hard you think he wants to sit on the sideline and watch everyone play. and to say he has no pocket awareness is not true in the play he got hurt he had linebackers in the pocket within 2 seconds and tried to get away because he knew he was getting sacked the fumble was a mistake yes but to say it was his fault for getting kneed in the back of his head after the fumble then you have never played football things happen.

    It was my freshman year in college playing cornerback when i got blocked in the back after the play was dead i fell over and broke the kids leg in front of me. so are you going to tell me it was his fault i broke his leg of his teammates fault?

  48. By Kofari on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    kolb is still young he will be a great QB in the NFL he will pick up from his mistake leave it behind and make better throws early and late in the game and get the cards in the red zone and score TDs through out the game and fans stop with the critisism skelton had some good games but hes not ready he needs more time on the bench in my opinoin cards need to bring in a vet QB to mentor skelton. Darren its About now cards should have Obrien Scofield as a starter

  49. By Jzoully on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply


    Don’t be crazy…He had at least 3 seconds, and a good quarterback needs to have the ability to scan the field. But hey I couldn’t do that, then again I’m not making MILLIONS, come on you make money and I honestly believe that many other quarterbacks can make split-decisions cuz there PROS.

    John the Draft Guy,

    Dude your telling me to improve at quarterback by drafting, well you need a mentor, and quite honestly the Cardinals would be paying Kolb $8 million dollars, breaking our bank…TOO much for a mentor. That’s why I believe that there is too much depth in the draft and what about a guy like Tannehill in the 3rd Round, and Byron Leftwich would be a tremendous addition. He helped David Garrard while he was the starter for Jacksonville.

  50. By Bob-O! on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    A Head Injury serious whether you all want to accept it or not. Kolb may not be my favorite quarterback in the leage but to attack the guy and the money he makes is rediculous considering the bad luck of inuries. You know what? It happens and the reality sucks. Be honest with youreselves, you’re really complaining becuase the situation sucks and you can’t rationalize it unless you pin your negativity on someone,,,most of us have not a clue what the NFL is like in real life . I’m learning to be a better fan myself but we need to respect these people for even being able to be in this league. They work hard to get there ya know.WE TRULY, DO THIS TOGETHER :o)

  51. By Jzoully on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    NO Bob-O I’m not complaining about the situation of last week or previous weeks, compare it to the 2-6 record he has posted. Really you think that you can survive in this league by being a quarterback that is making stupid decisions. Thats why Derek Anderson is not here anymore, and quite honestly if last year he had posted a winning record you would be saying the same thing. Injuries are serious but so is winning in the NFL. Don’t think so then don’t play in the NFL. I’m a fan and I honestly think that Kolb is not going to be the answer. Look for my name each and every week cuz I’ll be here every week telling you the same thing. I’m not going to change my stance, it won’t change at all. He has negativity because he hasn’t done anything positive on the Cardinals. And to be honest he didn’t do anything positive to deserve that contract either. Remember that he threw 2 touchdown and 4 interceptions before coming here. Be honest, do you really think that I want to say negative things? NOPE. I want to be on your side but until Kolb makes me eat my words it’s not going to happen. GET OVER IT!!!


    Sorry about you hearing about the negativities of Kolb each and every day. That must be annoying do deal with everyday. Still I want to look through the same glasses you do about Kolb. But I doubt anything will happen to change my opinion.

  52. By Scott H on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    To anyone who ignorant enough to refer to Kolb as soft or to say that he needs to “man up,” I ask you this – seem Muhammed Ali lately? THAT is just a pathetic site to behold. An extreme example, yes, but the point is that these pro atheletes are human beings who are going to NEED their brains to function effectively after their playing days are over. No game, sport, or amount of money is worth jeopordizing that for. As they say on ESPN, C’MON, MAN! Think before you speak.

    That said, for the second time this season, I say let Kolb take his time getting well and give John Skelton the ball. Yes, I know the defense and running game have a lot to do with these wins. But there is no dis-counting the fact that Skelton has been the QB for most of them.

  53. By joe on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    seems like if we could fuse kolb and skellie together we would have the perfect qb with skellies ability to avoid sacks and throw the long ball and mid range balls and kolbs abiliaty to read the d and throw the shorter routes which skellie seems to miss alot of honestly at this point i think johhny has more upside hope kolb will prove me wrong

  54. By kkfan on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Do any of you honestly think Kolb wanted this opportunity with a new team to unfold like it has this season? Developing turf toe, then getting a second concussion?

    Do you guys even take into account that he had no off season. No mini camps, no OTA’s no T/C (for he couldn’t even join the team when the lock out was lifted for another week, as I recall). Yet many of you expected him to come in here and play like he had all that to his advantage. Then if that isn’t enough ,many on here were expecting him to become the new Kurt Warner.

    As for the money he was given , how many of you would have turned it down ? Not a single one I can assure you. If the owner didn’t think he was worth it,. He wouldn’t have given it to him. No one has a crystal ball, to see that he would miss games with turf toe, and then get a concussion.

    Do you not see how irrational your expectations for him was, under those circumstances? Only someone who only cares about their own pleasure would not agree that it was expecting the impossible from Kolb this season.

    Get him a couple of good OT for the O line and watch him become the QB that you all expected out of him this season. I’ve seen Kevin disect a defense when he is given the time to stand in there and make his reads. No QB, no matter how talented can survive with out getting enough protection.

    As for those saying he needs to get back in there because of the money he was given. It’s not up to Kevin. He has to abide by the rules for those who have suffered a concussion.

  55. By clssylssy on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    With the growing information about the lingering effects of even minor concussions and the literature with relation to such things as Parkinsonism, I would hope that fans ask themselves what if that were my kid out there in Kolb’s situation? Wouldn’t I want him to look at the bigger picture and take care of his health, money be damned? Head injuries are not to be taken lightly and I’m sure this is more difficult for KK, not only dealing with the injury but the possibility that it could end his career before it gets off the ground just when things looked so bright. Having a bunch of whining critics is like being kicked in the head again. Take care Kevin, get your health back, we are looking at a different kind of year next season! In the meantime, we are lucky to have John Skelton to step in and help us finish strong. FLY HIGH CARDS! RISE UP RED SEA!

  56. By Pheenic on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Carlo, Kolb isn’t soft at all. He’s taken so many hits because the O-line can’t protect him, it’s ridiculous. And I’ve had a concussion before, it’s not fun. In fact, the headache is so bad you can’t think about anything but the fact that your head feels like someone’s hitting it with a hammer. I don’t blame Kolb at all for leaving the game. And besides, the NFL doesn’t allow a concussed player to go back in the game. The Browns did that with Colt McCoy, and they’re already receiving criticism for it.

  57. By Pheenic on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply


    Finally, someone who understands! It’s not Kolb’s fault he got injured. And he’s playing a lot better. Does anyone remember the play on the first drive where he got his concussion, where the O-line fell apart completely and he had a half second to react, and still managed to get it off to Jeff King for 2 yards? Plays like that show you that he still deserves a chance.

    You don’t take away someone’s job because of injury, and especially considering the fact that he had no off-season at all to train.

  58. By bill dunn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Only the results matter in the NFL.Look at Skelton’s results .Look at Tebow’s
    results.Why does Kolb have to start? Because those idiot pwners paid him
    $60 million dollars and want to get their money’s worth. Lose,lose,lose.
    If they don’t want Skelton to start and develop trade him to the Jets. We have
    another QB for you called Sanchez. His arm his weak and he can’t throw over
    the lineman.Does he resemble anyone we know.
    We have the East Coast tuned into the Cardinals when Skelton plays because
    Fordham hasn’t had a NFL player in 50 years.When Kolb starts no one on the
    East Coast wants to watch him.The West Coast has been a different country
    for football until Tebow and little Tebow started behind the center.

  59. By Chuck 1 on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone notice that Sidney Crosby (you know, the Pittsburgh Penguins star), is sitting out their games this week because he suffered a relapse in his concussion symptoms. He was hit, not exceptionally hard, in a game over the weekend.

    If you recall, he sat out several months of last season due to concussion symptoms and didn’t play in quite a few games to start this season.

    Maybe he’s a WUSS and SOFT also.

    Look at all the money he’s making (just like Kolb). Don’t you think that he’s just “skating” (pun intended) and not earning that moolah? Get his ARSE out on the ice!!! LMFAO at the BOZOs on this thread!!!

  60. By Mario on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Man can we give this guy a chance please. He showed us during the cowboys game that he can sling it. Its just going to take some time he is young just like Skelton and hasn’t had much time to learn the new offense. He has come along quite a bit lately and can’t wait to get him healthy. I like Skelton too but he scares me with all the high throws that going to get our recievers hurt. “IN KOLB WE TRUST” just give the man time he going to lead us to the promise land. Oh yeah look how long it took for our defense to play the way they r now it takes time. GO BIG RED!!!!!!!

  61. By Scott H on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think this has been said but let’s ALL realize that in today’s NFL – and other pro sports as well – the decision to play or NOT to play does not belong to the player. So, this whole business of Kolb being soft ot whatever is just plain idiotic. Because even if he wanted to, he cannot tell the coaches he is going back into the game. IF teams are following the proper protocol ( and it looks like the Browns may be in some trouble for NOT doing so with McCoy in their last game ), tests are done and THEY determine whether the player is done or can keep playing. Kolb was apparently in NO CONDITION to safely continue playing last week and that’s that.

    I wonder if some of these yahoos calling Kolb soft and saying he needs to “man up” have perhaps taken some hits to the head themselves…’cause it sure seems like they ain’t thinking very well.

  62. By Wonderingwhy on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    All I keep hearing is Kolb had no off season, blah blah blah. My response is what about Cam Newton, or TJ Yates, Andy Dalton did they have a magical off seasons we don’t know about? These guys are rookies. Kolb has been in the NFL since 2007? The no off season excuse is old because other rookie QB’s are doing just fine.
    The season is almost over and he still has no clue how to run the offense.
    I want there to be an excuse for Kolb sucking but there isn’t.

    Kolb if your reading this show us something besides a 3 and out……

  63. By KDubADub1324 on Dec 17, 2011 | Reply



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