Eagles aftermath, with a Kolb topper

Posted by Darren Urban on September 23, 2012 – 7:46 pm

The defense is dominant. But before we get too far away from one of the key storylines from today’s game, here’s a nod to Kevin Kolb. The quarterback keeps downplaying what it meant today to beat the Eagles, but the man is human. You can only imagine, with everything he’s been through – the guy wasn’t even going to be playing two weeks ago.

“We wanted to come out and play hard for him because we knew what it meant for him,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He made the throws, he scrambled when he needed to and he did a great job commanding the huddle. In the huddle, he was very demonstrative. He really wanted it. He was calling guys to reach down and dig deep and make plays. He really doesn’t talk all that much in the huddle, but today, you could tell he was actually trying to motivate.”

Someone wanted Kolb to reflect on the past three games. He wouldn’t bite. “I want to stay focused,” Kolb said. “Because I’ve done it in the past, you know, tried to foresee the future and every time it comes up and knocks my legs out from under me.”

The questions are going to be there and no, I don’t know what happens at quarterback. You’d have to think Kolb will stay as the starter even if John Skelton’s ankle is healthy. I don’t anticipate any big announcement – that’s not really coach Ken Whisenhunt’s style – but that’s my guess tonight.

— There was a lot of preseason concern about how much pressure the Cards could get with their outside linebackers. O’Brien Schofield and Quentin Groves each had a sack, Sam Acho had a play that would’ve been a sack if Michael Vick hadn’t decided to intentionally ground the ball, and the three totaled six QB hits. Not a bad day’s work.

— Safety Kerry Rhodes has had two excellent games in a row. Played well in New England, and then today he looked like, since Adrian Wilson was sitting out, he was going to suddenly take up the mantle as the guy who drilled everyone. He did it back-to-back plays on tight end Brent Celek, and later tagged Vick for the James Sanders fumble return.

“Everyone else is making plays, so why not me?” Rhodes said. “I have to make a couple myself.”.

— James Sanders and Rashad Johnson stepped up in Wilson’s absence. Reminded me of last year when Johnson and Richard Marshall filled in well for Rhodes

— Daryl Washington won’t win NFC defensive player of the week, I don’t think, because Calais Campbell won it last week. But he’d have an argument after his two sacks and the way he harassed Michael Vick all day. So I’ll say this: Has a team ever looked better in a two-week stretch of re-signing two players to big contract extensions. No worries about either one flaking out after getting paid.

— The PatCat got a snap Sunday. Four-yard Patrick Peterson running loss. It can’t always be productive, I guess.

— Kolb has played two games plus the end of the other without an interception. “With our defense and our style of play, not turning the ball over is a big key,” Kolb said. “It’s OK to punt. We don’t like it, it’s never been in my game, but to have that mentality, sometimes it’s OK.”

— It was so important for Ryan Williams to bounce back like he did. Not only did his 83 yards on 13 carries look good, but it softens the blow if Beanie Wells is out. We’ll see how Wells’ toe is this week. Williams does, as Whisenhunt noted, need to grab that 3rd-and-1 pitch and just drive upfield and make sure he gets the one yard, rather than look for a big play and get stuffed.

— Speaking of stuffed, I felt back for LaRod Stephens-Howling. He was in the game with Wells down and Williams suffering from cramps, and the Eagles knew the Cards just wanted to run it into the line late and burn clock, and the Hyphen’s stats took a beating. Eight carries, minus-14 yards. Talk about taking one for the team.

— Darnell Dockett said his hamstring will be OK, but jeez, that would be a tough loss if he were to miss a game. Dockett shrugged. “Every now and then, even the Hulk gets wounded.”

— Long snapper Mike Leach recovered the Eagles’ fumble punt today, which is why you need someone athletic enough to get down in coverage at that position. It’s not just about putting your head between your legs and throwing.

— Michael Floyd, welcome to the NFL. A highlight-worthy TD catch and drawing a 15-yard penalty on DRC? Nice production.

— Fitz had a good game, but what does he tell Andre Roberts about the 50 yards Roberts lost on Fitz’s block in the back penalty that Roberts may not have even needed. Roberts ended up with a 29-yard reception instead. “I cost my closest friend on the team a 70-yard play,” Fitz lamented. Ah, after all that time Roberts spent with Fitz’s jet skis on the lake this summer, I’m sure Roberts will forgive him.

I had just turned 4 the last time the Cards were 3-0. I wasn’t living in Arizona yet, even though I’ve lived here most of my life, and their move to the Valley was a long way away. At some point, the Cardinals were going to get to 3-0 again. Raise your hand if, on Sept. 8, you thought it was going to be this season.

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92 Responses to “Eagles aftermath, with a Kolb topper”

  1. By SteveG on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    A relatively relaxing finish to the game? My wife is PO’d because I clean obsessively when the games are tight..(Badly mind you, still a dude)..and other than a clean kitchen? NOTHING!!!

    Thank you Cardinals!

    Props to KK…nice to see a tough decision to make…. (I vote KK, more upside IMHO)

  2. By KDubADub1324 on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    AZ better start getting their respect from a national standpoint, and Kolb better start getting his respect as well. The defense has been amazing. And Kolb has led the team to a victory against SEA, beat NE, and now PHI. He’s looked solid. This team, and now Kolb, are making people eat their words and look foolish. I’m lovin it. Barring injury, he’s the guy. And this team is for real. Let’s put it to rest. GO CARDS!!

  3. By chad on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    well I cant raise my hand but I am enjoying it.Go Card’s! Hope Docket’s OK…

  4. By Derrick Haskan on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    3-0 my friends

  5. By ken on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    what a game 3-0 go cards
    lets see if we can keep it goin, would be nice if we can make it to the bye undefeated think we got a chance

  6. By Secret on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren: Don’t be modest, do you think this team has the number 1 defense in the league? I’m not talking about stats, but rather, impact.

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Secret —

    RE: Top defense

    I haven’t seen enough of the other teams. But it’s a good start.

  8. By John C on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren stop trying to stir up the QB debate for once. Just enjoy the win. Kolb played average nothing great but didn’t make mistakes so i’ll take it. I watched that video you put up of the 93 yard fumble return like 5 times because watching Fitz run down the sideline helmet in hand was great.

  9. By garrett on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply


    With a possibly banged up Beanie Wells, and a Ryan Williams coming off a serious knee-injury from a year ago, do you see it at all possible the Cardinals find interest in re-signing FA Tim Hightower?


  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Garrett —

    RE: Hightower

    Don’t see it.

  11. By cfrederi on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    After all the year I am just living game to game, and right now it has been very enjoyable Sundays.

  12. By JT on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for addressing DDs hamy so quickly. I was already pretty concerned with Mr. Wilson banged up. I started to get bad vibes seeing 90 limp off the field with a whole quarter left to play. Lot’s of confidence in David Carter, but for the whole game? not quite.

    As one of the more physical playing styles, inj could be this type of teams biggest enemy. Turnovers certainly aren’t to this point. Kolb hasn’t thrown an int this season. While Ryan has played an entire game without a fumble. After that NE oops, I wonder if Williams will ever fumble I can’t recall ever watching a Cardinals team play so disciplined, such crisp execution and almost completely mistake free football. It’s crazy to think of this kind of start to their season. But if you look at all the numbers and the individual talent at so many key positions it actually doesn’t look so crazy at all.

  13. By Texascard on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just give powell a shot. He will run hard and turn it up field. What’s the problem.

  14. By wheele27 on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    So proud of my team. Kevin Kolb managed the game perfectly, only forcing one or two passes (one of which scored a touchdown), and the defense played with an intensity i’ve never seen in the regular season.

    Great bounce back games from Larry Legend and Ryan Williams. And Patrick Peterson had excellent coverage on every Eagles receiver.

    Get well soon, Dockett and Wilson.

    Thanks for the excellent win

  15. By Mark in Chandler on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Washington NFC Player: On top of everything else, did you see Washington out run the rest of the defence, including Sanders, to pick up McCoy with a block.Now Sanders may have been waiting for blockers but Washington looked like he was flying PP like. That big boy has some wheels!

  16. By Vivek on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wooo Cardinals! Dominant D, great game overall. Just hope this is the beginning of our juggernaut! Who usually fills in for Docket if he is not around? I remember it used to be Branch but that was of course a while ago.

  17. By dstock21CardinalsWINRLOSE on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Keep it up Cardinals stay HUMBLE!! REMEMBER THAT 1-6 FEELING and move forward its a long season 13 more games to go. One at a time, Play as many, Stand as ONE!!!

    Ray Horton, please stick around for a couple more years!!! Get that Superbowl ring as a Defensive Coordinator first!!

    This is a great Organizational win and beginning to a season, from the top down Great job TEAM!!!

    Its tough to be a FAN in this State of TRANSPLANTS and fair weather fans. I hear it every week of every season blah blah they suck blah blah they got lucky, I’ll tell you what though….. I just smile and say Talk to me on Monday with all that bagchatter……..Feeling fine feeling great, keep it up TEAM!!!

  18. By philly cards on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m so pleased. Uh after todays game and reading this I want to retract any derogatory statements I had towards mr andre roberts.#12
    Like I said. Its all on whiz. We have it in the bag. Give kolb the job. he had no reason not to last week and now this? Sure whiz is a flawed man but he has to see this.give 4 verbal backing so we can move graves and bidwills I can’t remember winning a big game post tobin without adub.when he handed that pick off to pp I felt some type of way.adub is still the burgerking commercial to me.

  19. By Dre on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Great win d wash is a stud

  20. By Cobra on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Steve G:

    Can we leave the Cinderella stuff off of this blog. This is not San Fran or Oakland. Really, nobody cares if you clean the kitchen. All we care about is a Cards win.

  21. By EdMichCardsFan on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply


    It seems Garrett has a good point, and Hightower would seem like a good fit for our RB situation. Do you think that Cardinals feel confident that there are enough good RBs on the team? Or, do you think the Cardinals have seen enough of Hightower fumbling in key situations and Cards will look for RB help elsewhere?

    Thanks for the update on DDockett. It’s worth giving him next week off vs Miami if need be to get fully healed. A short week after Miami coming up with Thurs Nite @ Rams. Better to err on the side of caution…we all know that on the “D”, DD is the Anchor.

    Thanks, Darren

  22. By wonderingwhy on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Still not a big Kolb fan but he did alright today. Good Job Kolb, keep doing what you are doing. 🙂

  23. By Cards4ever on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, Where does the Cardinals rank as far as touchdowns allowed?

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Cards4Ever —

    RE: Touchdowns allowed

    I plan to have a defense story with those questions answered later Monday.

  25. By Cactus jeff on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Schofield showed up, the former BADger was flying around. Then Darryl Washington, how fast is he? Floyd dunked the football with ease…scary how good Housler could be.

  26. By Sarah on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hats off to the offensive line, without the protection it would have gone nowhere !!

  27. By ben on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    please pay mr. horton some big bucks to keep this man in az creating outstanding game plans for years to come.

  28. By Gary Shaw on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    What a great win!I am so proud of our defense and how disciplined they have stayed in these first 3 games! Kevin Kolb I think has done a excellent job of managing the game and gotten the ball to our play makers with out turning it over as long as we keep doing that we can win all of them with our defense and special teams handling the rest! GO CARDS THANK YOU COACHING STAFF

  29. By Jeff on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    I love that all the haters are silent on these blogs … Can’t hate on the 3-0 Cards! Go Birds,

  30. By Jzoully on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    First I would like to say that the Kolb and Skelton situation is still a situation, as far as who will be starting. Skelton was named the starter for a reason, he is accurate and handles the offensive huddle with poise. Kolb on the other hand is showing tremendous pocket presence and no interceptions in two games is what is required if you want Coach Whiz to go back on the decision. I say no controversy, stick with Skelton, he is the preseason winner and shouldn’t be benched because of injury.
    Side note props to defensive line making Vick tremble. Dockett and Campbell are still playing lights-out defense. Daryl Washington, Paris Lenon, Sam Acho, O’Brien Schofield, and Quentin Groves are looking like the best linebacker corps in the league. Kerry Rhodes is playing like a probowler last two weeks. Offensive line troubles? What offensive line troubles? There is none. Maybe some tweeks here and there but I think the offensive line has done a great job against three powerhouse defenses.
    One more thing. Don’t underestimate the Miami Dolphins, they are tougher then a lot of people think…With Tom Brady having offensive line trouble it might be Miami going to the playoffs instead.

  31. By Michael R. on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’d say that the Hyphen, ask LSH, is up for a contract extension soon…


    Love this team. Best wishes going forward. Keep it up, Cards!

  32. By Michael R. on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    not ask.

    sorry. typo

  33. By dennis on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe the best first half of football I have ever seen from the Cards since they moved to Valley.

  34. By blaxabbath on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply


    Roberts blew up DRC off the line, leading to his retaliation and 15 yard penalty. Was there some scrapping going on between those two the whole game that led up to these events? Good to see Roberts coming into his own, btw.

    Few other impressive plays I’d like to highlight:

    1. Williams’ 3rd and long run in the second half that he converted. Great effort (and good blocking) that, I felt, epitomized his bounce-back game.
    2. Fitz’s 3rd and long reception where he made a break laterally and picked up another ten yards. Didn’t convert, but this is the kind of effort that, as fans, I think we get spoiled as being expected by Fitz.
    3. Darryl Washington (I think it was DW — so many Cards in PHI’s backfield) pressuring Vick in the end zone when Vick steps up to avoid the sack. Rather than giving up, DW races up and makes the tackle from behind, preventing Vick from getting to the open nearside and causing some damage on his feet (and never getting a spark going with his scrambling).
    4. On one of the punts, I guess a Cards blocker touched the ball. Heads up play by PP to dive on the ball and secure possession. It’s too easy to beat up on the officials right now, but I will say with a straight face that plays like PP’s here — where he just goes down on the ball and makes possession a non-question — are important to establishing a game where the better team, not the officials, control the outcome of the game. The Cardinals managed the momentum very well and I think that is one of those important factors that doesn’t make the stats.

    Big congrats on an all around impressive effort.

  35. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    blax —

    RE: DRC

    Floyd was the one who drew the penalty, so I assume it was Floyd who was blocking DRC.

  36. By vegas4u2012. on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Always loved Heap since his ASU days.But Housler is ready to take over.Loved the look on the Eagles fans at the sportsbook today after seeing their BOYS!!!(& Vick) Get they ass beat down to the ground.They even left w/a bigger grin on their face once i gave them a bigger piece of my mind.Love big John,but anyone that knows me,knows that i’ve said KK,Is the man all along.I remember in 1988.when we first came to Arizona,i purchased tickets for myself & my father to Steelers game(Chuck Noll,Bubby Brister,Louis Lipps,Mike Webster.ETC.)@ ASU.Stadium in a 100 degrees,and i would do it again if i had to support this team.So from a true fan,nice to keep you naysayers(some of you,which don’t seem to know anything about football)in your cave(at least for the meantime?)- & Again,”losers dwell on the past & winners dwell on the present,and the future”.GO BIG RED!!SEE YOU AT THE GAME!!-P.S.-Oh ya Darren.Kept my words clean this time,but would like to give a piece of my mind to some of these networks/(so called experts.)that have disrespected so much lately!

  37. By ak24 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Horton… I don’t even know what to say man. This guy is the best thing to happen to this franchise since…. since ever. This defense is ridiculous, no other way of saying it. Is there any way we can pay him head coach money in hopes he pulls a dick lebeau and is cool with playing dc is whole coaching career? I’m sure there isn’t a fan who would argue doing this.

  38. By George on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Great to see that Kevin Kolb is the 3rd ranked QB by QB rating on ESPN with 108.6 rating! Hope he keeps the turnovers to a minimum

  39. By Corgon on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Splendid! What a game, what a D! It was a real surprise…..a real surprise that Vick was able to play til the end. He was on the ground almost every play and the hits were damn hard! Obi’s sack? Oh my goodness! I hope R. Tannehill saw that, because we’re going to fishing this week!!

    is there any assistant coach or someone who continuously learn Coach Horton’s system? With this kind of performance i’m pretty sure he’ll get a HC job somewhere after the season.

  40. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Corgon —

    RE: Horton

    All the defensive coaches are together as the defense is put together. As for Horton, let’s not say goodbye quite yet.

  41. By KurtM on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    all i gotta say is DRC whooooo. Kolb made him his little whipping boy.

  42. By KKfan on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to Kevin Kolb and to the Cardinals for the win yesterday over my Eagles. It was well earned and deserved. I didn’t expect that kind of score. But knowing how inconsistent that Vick has been so far this season, I did have a bad feeling about his playing against a very good Cardinals defense.

    I did record the game so will watch it later today. Didn’t want another minegrain watching it as it unfolded. It’s a good thing I didn’t after seeing the score.
    Wasn’t all surprised of the outcome given that they barely eeked out the first two wins. Just knew that the turn overs were going to come back and bite them eventually. Yesterday they did.

    Don’t know what to expect from this Eagles team from week to week. They have such great talent at every position,.But talent alone won’t be enough if you don’t have smarts to go with it. And Vick has never been football smart. imho.

    Kolb may not be an Aaron Rogers or a Payton Manning. But he is smart and gifted enough physically to get the job done. I was furious when the Eagles went with Vick over him. As he did show once the game slowed down for him, that
    he could be a very solid game manager. And thats all you really need from any QB.
    Continued success and good luck Kevin, the rest of the way ( that is if you remain the QB. )

    @ John C. Had that been Skelton, that just played “average” as you made sure to point out, I’m quite certain you would be singing a much happier tune over his winning against a tough conference opponent. It’s becomming obvious no matter how much Kolb does or wins, he will never get the same praise or respect from many in this fan base that Skelton receives.

    Reading the posts of many on your mb, of the pros and cons for and against Kolb I think Darren was just anticipating the QB question that he is certain to be asked about who Whisenhunt chooses to go with from week to week I don’t think he was attemtping to stir up a QB contraversy as you suggest.

  43. By Dave Chaney on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    It’s early and I don’t like to get too excited, but this team seems to get more and more confident of their ability in each game. It’s also very nice to see the O and D congratulating each other on good plays and really coming together as a team. The whole team including staff deserve the game ball for this one. Fantastic start and let’s see how far we can take it. GO BIG RED!!

  44. By Rich on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe you can do an article on Massie. This kid has quietly slipped into the starter’s role and might be the most productive rookie O lineman out of this draft so far.

  45. By Rich on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Think of how good the past few drafts have been for us…….and how good a few of these obscure FA signings have been. Pretty smart front office.

  46. By Nick Pepe on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Talk about validating a win. This lets the world know that the win over the Pats was no fluke. That is the most fun I had watching a football game in the month of September, since….well since last week!!!

    What a great effort all the way around.

    It is a beautiful Monday morning here in the Delaware Valley.

    Bring on the Fish !!!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  47. By GW on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    GREAT TEAM WIN. The cards will get some media attention now don’t fall for the hype guys stay focus and coninue to play as a team no matter who start at qb,rb,wr,db or special teams. In the words of Al Davis “JUST WIN BABY”

  48. By clssylssy on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Great Team Effort! Kerry Rhodes was INCREDIBLE in his stop of DeSean Jackson and another week of SOLID play. Coaches Whiz and Ray Horton are turning this team into who we knew them to be all along. Glad Larry was able to get some yards this week. Stay Humble and don’t take any team for granted. It’s usually the team’s that are considered “nothing to worry about” who turn our wins into a loss. That being said, play the Jags as if they were the Eagles and keep the streak alive! FLY HIGH CARDS! You were awesome!

  49. By Patrick Eagan on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I was impressed with this win in all 3 phases of the ball. I think Kevin Kolb earned the starting job today. Great numbers. I love how he doesn’t turn the ball over. The cardinals play is reminding me of last year’s San Francisco team. Great Defense. Don’t make mistakes on offense and make the plays that not to be made. That pass from Kevin Kolb to Fitzgerald looked great. That’s what we have all been waiting to see. Special teams did good as well. What a great win.

  50. By Louisville Card on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Great article as always. As much flack as Whiz and the team took preseason 3-0 feels great. Its early i know, but Whiz has to be leading candidate for coach of the year this year wouldn’t you think?

  51. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Coach of the year

    It is very, very early. But considering how those things are usually chosen, yes, I think Whiz will be a very strong candidate if the Cards keep it up.

  52. By Austin on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I like how everyone was involved in that win. Entire defense made good plays and Kolb hit just about everyone on the roster. I absolutely LOVE the fact that Fitz met Sanders in the endzone! Love the enthusiasm!
    GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. D-Wash is a BEAST!

  53. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    So we have one guy above saying Kolb played “average nothing great … [but] I’ll take it” and another saying he played “alright.” I guess games where your QB has a 127.4 QBR are just “average” and “alright.” Come on guys, give the man his due, whether you are a fan of his or not.

    My favorite part of the game was the beginning of the 2nd half. Cards with a big lead, and the one thing you don’t want to do is turn it over, or have a 3-and-out deep in your territory followed by, say, a huge punt return. We didn’t get any points (w/ Roberts’ big play getting called back), but we ran 3 1/2 minutes off the clock, got it out to the 44 thanks to Kolb’s 14 yard run on the last play of the drive, and pinned the Eagles onto their 5. They proceeded to have a nice drive, but it was a grind with a lot of running plays, took 6 1/2 minutes and netted them 3 points. At that point, we’re 10 minutes into the 2nd half and still have a 21 point lead.

  54. By jocards on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I say let the national media talk about whoever they wish. Allow everybody to keep dismissing the Cardinals. Does it really matter? I can honestly say it doesn’t to me. I’m not kidding myself that this is a great football team at this point and I couldn’t care less what the talking heads have to say…..This is a good football team that appears to be getting better…..they have a chance to be really good but we’ve only played three games. I just want them to keep playing solid football. The NFL is a week to week struggle and we can’t afford to pat ourselves on the back for very long….another opponent awaits.

  55. By Hank on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Will the game be replayed at any time?

  56. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hank —

    RE: Replay

    Because it was a blowout, and because there were all those OT games this week, I don’t see it being an NFL Net replay. You can get Game Rewind however, and watch any game over:

  57. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    This game also shows the flaws of YPG as a measure of effectiveness. Our O has not been great but it was very effective in the first half, putting up 17 points, and then when you throw in Sanders’ return on D, with a 24 point lead your O doesn’t really need to put up a lot of yards in the 2nd half, just not turn it over, run the clock, and maybe get a first down or two to keep the Eagles O off the field. Stat line shows we got less than 300 total yards, which will keep us ranked near the bottom of the league, and the Eagles outgained us, but no one is going to argue that either the Eagles O or the Eagles D was better than the Cardinals’ on Sunday.

  58. By Erric Hutchins on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    So happy for Kolb after what he has been through. So happy for Fitz and all of the rest of the Cardinals. What a great series of wins. I hope people realize that there will be setbacks, there will be picks, there will be defensive let downs, but that does not mean there automatically needs to be a change. I think this team can be very very good if left to gel.
    Go Cardinals.

  59. By Dynosoar on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, 4 in ’74, you’re still a kid. (I got ya by a year kid, haha.) In answer to your question, on Sept. 8th I had us 1-1 after week 2 and 7-2 heading into the bye.

    Sept. 10th I had us 8-0 and still do, but the way we’re playing, unless I see something huge from GB tonight, I’ve got us 9-0 into the bye. What will the pundits say after we’re 6-0? heading to those beloved Vikings.

    What a sweet, sweet victory.

  60. By truths4all on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    A couple of focus points:

    First, even a gimpy Darnell Dockett would be a huge blow to the Defense as he and Campbell are the solid pieces of foundation the Defense is built on and operates out of. Without them, there is no way Horton’s defense schemes could work. Here’s hoping his hammy heals well and does not linger on or gets worse. Perhaps we will see the Hulk get some rest if the beat-down on the fishes go as lop-sided as planned.

    Second, Kolb has produced mainly error free play. He should have had his pass to Floyd intercepted except for Philly defense being shell-shocked. He has been fortunate there were some other passes that were not intercepted in the Patriots game as well. He overthrew or underthrew some passes and missed some big plays in the Patriots game and in the Philly game. Overall, Kolb did well (turnover free), but drifted out for some sacks instead of climbing in the pocket where he could have completed the play.

    Third, there is no question the Defense has set the table for these wins. So why are some fans giving Kolb full credit (deserved) for these wins, but argue that Skelton should not get equal credit for the wins he played in last season? Both QBs should get credit for their parts in these wins as it is a TEAM game.

    Fourth, it time to give full credit to the Offensive Line as they kept Kolb upright most of the past two games when he stayed in the pocket. Note, when he drifted out, the blockers do not know where he is and he got sacked a few times due to his own actions. Other teams will certainly try to ratchet up the pressure on Kolb as being one way to stay in the game with the Cards Defense. Wonder what Miami will try instead of assuming like Philly and the Pats did that they could handle the Levi Brown-less Cards Offensive Line.

  61. By Jake on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    That’s one of the best articles you’ve ever written, in my opinion. Your enthusiasm for the team’s success jumps off the page. Well done.

  62. By D on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    3-0 sure makes your life easier, right Darren…
    My hats off to the Cards…their defense is rolling with it appears with depth for once at LB and in the secondary…I think a Dolphin team without Reggie Bush could be beaten if Dockett and Wilson need to sit out….on the offense side of things…if Kolb can be a game manager and doesn’t turn the ball over, the Cards should finish with a winning record (second half of schedule looks difficult) and Beanie is making the decision at the end of the year easy…if you can’t play then AZ needs to find another RB in round 2. Massie is holding up well vs good pass rushers…our Left Tackle still appears to be a backup at best….

  63. By Mr Robles on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I cant stop watching the highlights, i love my Cardinals always proving the critics wrong haha. We had our rosary for my Uncle & I gave him his last high five he was always there win or lose.

  64. By Peter in Canada on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    It is the defence that is the key to the success. The foundation was built last year for anyone who had eyes to see it. It just got better this year since most of our defensive players are still young and on the upswing. The front office look like geniuses. Being 14 point underdogs last week and being underdogs yesterday at home was easy money. I don’t think it will happen again for a long time. In the next four games our biggest concern is overconfidence.

    @Kevin S You are right. It is simply mean spirited to deny Kolb his due. Early last year when he made most of his starts he did not have confidence in the D or O-line and attempted to do too much. Bart Starr always claimed that one of the secrets to his success was that he was not afraid to punt. Now Kolb seems to have the same mentality. He managed the game tremendously well and he definitely deserves an extended run.

  65. By DontTakeLoses on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    KK for President. I’m no evangelist, but the dude’s faith served him well, so proud of KK. Has high upside, Warner-like. Daryl Washington and K. Rhodes were monsters among a lionhearted, resolute bunch of defenders. Washington used Vick like a rag doll. Ray Horton said best practice week ever… the man does not mince words or blow smoke. Bada bing baby. WoW!

    SO many guys reaching higher levels of performance. Those saying Super Bowl are not too high. We talked at the gym 12-4 in August (expected KK to start). This team just may get better over course of year, not retrace like 2008. As one of our traders/investors likes to say “we shall see”. Lol. But doesn’t feel like we will backslide, this team has practiced mental toughness. But as Socrates wrote, the older we get the more we understand how little we know. Ok, out!

  66. By nodavis2000 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’m very happy for the ENTIRE team!!! Come on y’all, don’t be haters. Kolb did a GREAT job as QB yesterday. So far he’s had 4 touchdowns and 0 ints with only playing two games and one drive. It’s the exact opposite of last year where Skelton game in to relieve. … … Man, I’m SO glad I’m not Whiz right now. Picking between the “next” starting QB will give you a lot of sleepy nights.

    Everyone played lights out. I think the whole organization gets the game ball. Draft players did great, FA signees did great, coaches managed the game really well. AWESOME GAME CARDS!!!

  67. By jocards on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    In my opinion there is no QB controversy at all….Right now Kolb has got to play period. The NFL is a results driven league and the Cardinals are winning. Folks love to say that players can’t lose their job due to injury which is absolutely not true. Look, I like Skelton but it isn’t as though he is a Tom Brady or a Brett Favre or something. If Kolb gives the team the best chance to win, he plays. To those he say that Kolb had an “average” game yesterday I suggest that you were either watching a different game than I was or you are merely a Kolb hater because he played extremely well yesterday. I remind everybody that while fantasy football & overwhelming numbers actual wins on the field are all that really matter.

  68. By jocards on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Boy…I kind of butchered my last post….and it was so profound too! lol

  69. By cardfan6 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    not to be negative but what the hell beanie? how are you not embarassed by the play were you just fell down? do you even want to play anymore or are you still stuck at ohio state?

  70. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    cardfan6 —

    RE: Beanie down

    He has a toe injury. He couldn’t plant.

  71. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    George, thanks for that… I had looked last night but the year-to-date stats weren’t updated yet. 3rd highest rated passer in football, wow. Of course I don’t think Kolb is the 3rd best QB in the league but I don’t know how you make a change when he’s performing like this.

  72. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Jocards — you are exactly right; the only people who would be saying Kolb had an “average” game are either Kolb haters or, potentially, fantasy football players with a premium on a lot of yards. Kolb’s first half: 13-18, 177 yards, 2 TD’s. Well on his way to a 300-plus yard game, but the Cards didn’t need a big passing attack in the 2nd half. They needed him to manage the game and not turn the ball over, which he did. 4-6 for another 45 yards. He played great. Any Cards fan should be praising him just as they are praising our D, Fitz and the rest of the team. Great effort all around.

  73. By wnycardfan on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Well, I’ll say it, I was one of those that thought Kolb wasn’t a good choice, looked bad in preseason, inconsistent last year etc…But, the last 2.5 games, he’s shown some poise and confidence. I was never a hater, just didn’t think he could perform. But, I’ll say that now, he’s looking pretty good. The highlights from yesterday, showed him staying in pocket, hitting targets. The big stat for me too is he hasn’t thorwn an INT yet!!! Awesome. If we can continue to get better on offense, man, look out.

    DEF is simply great. Those guys make me laugh just watching them kick butt. To Darren’s point, I would have NEVER thought this season they would have been 3-0. Glad they are. Keep it up guys, you are doing well.

    Hope the guys injured are ok. Lets kick Dolphin tail!!!

  74. By jocards on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    One lesson the Eagles must have learned after Sunday…Block the “A” gap! Nice job defense and nice scheme coach Horton!

  75. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    And how about a shout out to Christian Ponder and the Vikings… let’s put to rest for a while the talk of the 49ers being the best team in football.

  76. By Matt on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be the first to admit that I was a Skelton supporter through and through in the off-season. But after these past 2 and 1/4 games, Kolb has made a believer outta me. He doesn’t to be a playmaker or a game changer. He just needs to manage the game, get the ball to Fitz, and take care of the rock. If the O-Line does its job and keeps him upright, the starting QB position will be his to lose.

  77. By siege911 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    All I gotta say is props to our Offensive Line. Yes, I know the Defense is playing off the charts, but Kolb’s problem has always been getting scared in the pocket. The last 2 games, Kolb has generally stayed upright and with virtually no significant pressure. In that situation, he shows why he got paid. As long as this Offensive Line keeps it up, I see Kolb being very successful. If we can’t make points, the Defense doesn’t matter, with this Philly game, we made good drives with few mistakes AND stopped their offense dead in it’s tracks.

  78. By Rio on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Are we through talking about bring in


    nice games boys.

  79. By MIKE G on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope you are well and why not! Must be a nice Monday at the Cardinal facility. Everyone deseves full credit from the coaches to the players. Especially feel good for Kolb and Ryan Williams. Nice to see a game not go to the end of the wire for once. Horton had a great plan and the players executed it well. Usually I ask you who was the shining player??? Especially hard this week! I’m going with Rhodes just because he had the biggest play in the key part of the game. Who would you pick???

  80. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Player of the game

    Rhodes is a fine choice.

  81. By 1974Cardsfan on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Nice article, well said! One of the things i would like to point out is Baptiste out on left-O line has been beat badly off the snap during Pats game and early first half of Eagles game at times allowing sacks. But he seemed to have righted himself during rest of Eagles game, so i have to say good job on his part and Grimms on getting it corrected. And hopefully Baptiste stays focused on it so it doesn’t re-occur. I love KK’s response after game when he said they should have been more aggressive on offense in 3rd quarter. It shows he is becoming a team leader also to question their strategy in that quarter, of which i agree with him. Keep it up Cards, this season so far is as enjoyable, to me, as 1974 was!!!

  82. By Corgon on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: Horton

    At the end of the day it’s nothing but goals and money right 🙂 If you have goals to reach and get paid no problem. The weather is pretty fine around AZ if you’re not a ski fun 😀

  83. By Red cards on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Look I’m not a kolb fan bc of what he was but I’m soooo happy with the way he’s been playing this last few games I had to say what a hater i have been but the way he’s been playing he’s making me EAT MY WORDS and I’m man enough to say it , look I still would like to see Skelton but with the way kolbs playing I can’t justify pulling him I feel for Jon but as long as kolb keeps it up then he’s are man oh didn’t like the way they pulled john last year when kolb came back

  84. By geggam on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations to the TEAM. It is the TEAM who is winning.

    now to the fun part…. 21 hits 🙂

    ** Vick has officially been “hit” 28 times this year, which is the highest number of the NFL. The FOX broadcast counted 21 hits for him on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, which is an outrageous number. **

    and poor Adrian had to watch …. should we send him a card ?

  85. By Eric Hutchins on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Red Cards
    I told you so. 🙂

  86. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Nice, Red Cards, for you to say that. And as I mentioned in response to Darren’s post about the QB situation — just think that some fans were calling for Lindley to be the starter, basically expecting this to be another lost season so we might as well get him some experience. Those people are eating their words too at this point.

  87. By scubasteve12 on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    How come when Skelton wins its a skelton win. when kolb looses its his fault when kolb wins its a team win. why cant people just give kolb the credit the same as skelton?

  88. By Kevin S on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    JZoully — you are entitled to your opinion (that Skelton should still be the starter), but calling him “accurate” in your one-sentence synopsis? That’s the biggest knock against him — pocket presence, cannon arm, poise, the fact that the team won a majority of his starts, I’ll let you make all those arguments. Accuracy? Everyone and his brother knows Skelton has struggled with accuracy.

  89. By jeffersonvikingsbasketballfans on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, how much do you think the “surprise” this season is because fans nation-wide just don’t want to know about the Cardinals, and/or don’t care about defense. Say a high-profile team had won 8 of 10 games, including the season opener, while scoring 30+ points to compensate for a weak defense? In that scenario, maybe a lot more people would have predicted them to beat the Pats and Eagles.

  90. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    jeffersonvikings —

    RE: Surprise

    I don’t pretend to get into people’s heads. The attention is like the power rankings — means nothing.

  91. By mancosman on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    I was right the Cards were playing possum during the pre-season. These coaches — really know what their doing.

  92. By AZjames on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not a fan of Kolb, I’m a fan of the team. He’s playing MUCH better than ‘average’. He’s earned my respect. I’ve been hoping he’d step up, and he has.
    You know, somewhere far, far away, SCUBASTEVE is laughing at all the Kolb haters.

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