Kevin Kolb watched the Arizona Cardinals beat the St. Louis Rams 19-13 last Sunday because of a toe and foot injury he suffered in Baltimore. With the win, it gave backup John Skelton as many victories as a starter after one game as Kolb has had in seven. Some fans are starting to grumble about making Skelton starting.
Kolb was on local radio (XTRA910) talking to Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki and discussed the experience of watching the team without him, his injury, whether he could start this week and why people are talking QB controversy.
We all know that Kolb should be used to watching games from the sideline. He obviously did that while with the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the first time he had ever not suited up for a game. He said this about the experience:
"Oh it was terrible, to be honest with you. It was grueling, man. I was nervous before the game and it was just a weird feeling all the way around. I didn't know what to do with myself. I wasn't out there for pregame and I was just kind of buzzing around the locker room and just staring at the walls. It was a different feeling. I tried to help out where I could and provide some insight here and there. I don't know if I did anything good, but everybody hung together."
When asked about his injury, he noted that "the bone bruise has shown its face." He said that "he made a lot of progress" on Tuesday and that he was really wanting to get to the point he can start running on it again.
Whether he would be able to play on Sunday is a different story.
"Quarterback's a little different position than going out and playing defensive end. You've got to see the looks. You've got to go out there and be a part of it and playing fast. If you're not, you're not doing your team any justice. We'll see how much work I get this week and make a decision closer to game time. ... You know that I want to be out there for this one as much as I possibly can, for obvious reasons."
On Thursday, he was optimistic that he could possibly be the backup on Sunday. I suppose that has a lot to do with whether he gets any reps at all today.
As for the fact that Skelton got the win and how people could start creating some controversy, he says it comes with the territory, and that he is very aware of it, having been a backup.
"I've been in those shoes before. That's always the most popular guy on the team. I was real popular for a long time there in Philadelphia. That's kind of a running joke in locker rooms and that's just the way it is. I wanted the best for him. ... I've gone through too much to ever wish bad upon somebody in this league."
If he misses the game on Sunday, we will find out just how popular Skelton is after his performance in Philadelphia.