Does Kevin Kolb have the grit Arians desires?
Bruce Arians knows what he’s getting into when it comes to the quarterback position for the Arizona Cardinals. Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley don’t compare with former quarterbacks he has worked with. (Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck) He stated in his news conference that he’s searching for a quarterback with “True Grit.” Does Kevin Kolb have the grit Arians desires?
When given the starting job of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kolb was already slated as a leader. Former teammate Winston Justice stated “Kolb has had the look of a leader from the moment he joined the Eagles. There’s just an air about the guy Justice said per ESPN.com.
The same was thought when he was sent to Arizona and at times even Larry Fitzgerald has come out defense of Kolb, ”As teammates, we wanted to come out here and play hard for him because we knew what it meant to him.” according to Revengeofthebirds.com
Bruce Arians stated, “When you go out and evaluate quarterbacks,” Arians said, via The Arizona Republic, “you can look at arm strength, you can look at accuracy, you can look at height, weight, speed — all the things that are coming up with these young quarterbacks — but you truly can’t measure two muscles, the brain and the heart, and that’s what separates them. That’s the grit. When they step in the huddle, the other 10 guys, whatever comes out of his mouth, they believe it’s going to work. That doesn’t mean he’s the most talented player in the world, but he has that leadership, grit, that he’s going to do whatever it takes for his football team. It means he’s tough as nails and guys will follow him into a fire. That’s what you’re looking for. That’s grit.”
Kevin Kolb isn’t the most talented player in the world, but he does have the leadership Arians is searching for. Kolb did lead the Cardinals to their first four wins this season and threw eight touchdowns to only three interceptions, but his injuries continue to pile up due to a decent offensive line. Kolb has played in a possible 15 of 32 games for the Cardinals and it doesn’t matter how much “grit” you have unless you remain healthy.