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Defending Kevin Kolb: Challenge Accepted Edition

For those of you that weren't here last season I had three Fan Posts with the similar topic of defending Kevin Kolb after his sub par play to start the year. Here is the link to the second post and in my opinion the better of the three. After the third preseason game against the Raiders, I did not like the indecisiveness of Kolb and said that Skelton should have been the starter. Something happened after the game that I think may have been the catalyst to a better playing Kevin Kolb. Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly ripped Kevin Kolb calling him "scared". In a fanpost titled 'Thanks Tommy Kelly" which claimed that Tommy Kelly helped the team make the decision for Skelton to start, I addressed this ludicrous notion of Kolb being scared and then said this...

I actually think you are right that this will help the Cardinals because Kevin Kolb is now going to want to prove he can stay in the pocket and be decisive.

As well as last year after the Ravens game I stated;

...I can confidently project that Kevin Kolb will break through the proverbial "wall" sometime next year. We forget that the standard for QBs is usually their third year starting. It doesn't change even if you had prior seasons with another team.

Then did something happen in Kolbs play?

Kevin Kolbs Preseason Stats-

Comp.

Att.

Comp %

Yds

Avg,

TD

INTs

Scks

Rate

22

37

59.5%

203

5.5

1

3

6

49.7

It is worth noting that a majority of these statistics came in the Tennessee game after the Tommy Kelly comments. In that game Kolb started to look more decisive.

Kevin Kolb 2012 Stats-

Comp.

Att.

Comp %

Yds

Avg,

TD

INTs

Scks

Rate

38

59

64.4

428

7.3

4

0

4

108.6

* 1 Rushing TD. 3 wins (2-0 as a starter)

Kolb came in for a no huddle drill in week 1 against the Seahawks and took the team on a game winning drive looking decisive and understanding he needed to get rid of the ball quickly. It seemed like Kolb got his confidence back after that drive. In New England, he helped the Cardinals do what nearly everyone thought was impossible and beat the Patriots at home managing the game well. Back at U of P stadium week three Kolb continued to shine, he put up his best statistical game throwing 2 TDs and completing 70% of his passes. He is in no way a Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodger but he understands he needs to make the throws he is expected to and not turn the ball over. (Something Skelton did in most of his wins)

Yes Kolb has had some amazing defensive play behind him but Skelton had the same last year. The point of this post was to suggest that something has change in Kolbs mentality, he is getting rid of the ball faster and is confident in his play. Most importantly he is not turning the ball over. If he can continue to manage the game and move the offense when need I think this team could easily be better than the 8-8 I had predicted. I think they could be closer to what I thought was their ceiling 10-6 and a playoff team.

Side Note: Can people shut up permanently about Ken Whisenhunt being on the hot seat? He has been the head coach since 2007 and all he has done is have an 8-8 rookie season, the next year got the Cards a home playoff game, then a home division championship game, then to the Super Bowl. He followed that up with another playoff berth and divisional round appearance, then a poor 5-11 season followed by another 8-8 season. The Cards have won 10 of their last 12 games now. Whiz is not on the hot seat when he has had 1 losing season for a franchise that's last winning season prior to his arrival was in 1998.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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