The Arizona Cardinals have made a mistake in acquiring QB Kevin Kolb. The mistake has been made, the franchise overpaid for him and it’s simply time to move on now. I was going to give Kolb the benefit of the doubt last season as he joined the team in a very truncated offseason and dealt with some injury issues. After watching three Cardinals games this preseason, the fact is, he is not a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL.
Kolb has now had the benefit of a complete offseason with the Cardinals and looks no different this season than he did last year. He has been in the Cardinals system now for a complete season and one entire offseason, progress should be showing at this point. It’s not.
In limited action in three games so far this preseason, Kolb has completed just five of 15 pass attempts for 47 yards. Against the Raiders, he completed as many pass attempts as the number of times he was sacked, three. Kolb was also sacked for a safety against Oakland.
In deference to Kolb, the Cardinals offensive line is horrible and just suffered another blow this afternoon with the announcement that LT Levi Brown has suffered a torn triceps muscle and will miss significant time after undergoing surgery this coming week.
Raiders DT Tommy Kelly said after the game against the Cardinals that Kolb is “scared” in the pocket and there have been offseason rumors about his dedication to the game.
Despite his king’s ransom salary, it is expected that the Cardinals will likely name John Skelton as the team’s starter for the opening week of the season. He has not demonstrated any full grasp of the Cardinals offense and has not moved the team in his time under center.
Arizona invested a large amount of money in Kolb with $12 million of his $63 million dollar contract guaranteed last year along with a $10 million dollar signing bonus. Kolb received another $7 million in a roster bonus this year from the club on March 17th. The Cardinals are already on the hook for the money to Kolb this season, but they are going to be paying him a ton of money to back up Skelton.
There really isn’t any good tape of Kolb during his time at Arizona, so a trade of Kolb to any other team is highly unlikely. It was a bad move by the front office, but it’s time to admit the move was a mistake and move on.