So let us get this strait, just to be clear. 7 starts at quarterback over 4 years means you are thrust into the limelight and worth millions and millions in the new world of the NFL! That is the world now of new Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Thursday the Arizona Cardinals gambled on Kolb after sending a 2012 second-round pick and former Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philly. This for a quarterback who threw for only seven touchdowns and had seven interceptions in seven games last season. On top of that, Kolb couldn’t even keep his job from Michael Vick, who was one year away from prison.
Anyway you look at this trade; it is a deep throw for the Cardinals. The same type of throw they are expecting Kolb to make to all pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. That kind of throw will propel Arizona to the top of the weak NFC West.
Arizona is counting on the fact it may only need a competent quarterback to win the NFC West. With the most experienced coach in the division in Ken Whisenhunt, and the last berth from the division in the Super Bowl, the Cardinals are expecting a fast rebuilding job. Nowhere else in the NFL is a playoff spot so attainable.
The Seattle Seahawks won the division last year with a 7-9 record under first year coach Pete Carroll. However they have lost quarterback Matt Hasslebeck and moving on to former Minnesota backup Tarvaris Jackson. This hasn’t got the Seattle fans doing back flips.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid decided Kolb should be the starter at the beginning of last season. This was after three seasons as a backup to Donavan McNabb. It took 2 games for Reid to decide he was wrong.
Enter the Cardinals and their belief in Kolb. Reportedly no other teams made offers to the Eagles, leaving Arizona as the only suitor. The Eagles held out two days and jumped at the chance to move forward without Kolb.
So is Kolb the savior? Just assume Ken Whisenhunt watched endless film on Kolb during the lockout and saw the signs that he is a legitimate starting quarterback. Many agree and many disagree. This move alone could make or break the near future of the Cardinals.
Especially since soon after the deal was announced, they also signed Kolb a five-year, $63 million contract, $20 million of which is guaranteed. That is a large deal for an unproven commodity.
Kolb was questionable when he was drafted by Philly. He was questionable when he was named the starter for the Eagles last year. Now it is questionable he is deserving of a former all pro and a second round pick.
The Cardinals are taking a huge risk. One that will prove itself one way or another this season. Kolb is definitely an improvement over what Arizona had last year at the position and they will only be the better for it.
This is a move Arizona had to make, albeit the right move or not.