Is this Kevin Kolb’s time to shine again?
Is this Kevin Kolb’s time to shine again? Regardless of whether you like Kevin Kolb or not, the Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 with many of the reasons due to his presence. If it wasn’t for Kevin Kolb coming into the Seattle Seahawks game after John Skelton became injured, the Cardinals would have lost the game. Then, Kolb struggles against the New England Patriots the next week to emerge as the victors surprisingly against the Pats at home by sheer luck. This Cardinals team has all the pieces on defense to take this team to a championship soon and all that is left is for Kevin Kolb to finally emerge as the quarterback he was believed to become.
However, it is becoming a little redundant with the “Kevin Kolb’s time to shine” rhetoric. Everything that was just mentioned above is true, but Kevin Kolb has been given opportunity after opportunity to show some life. Yet, it keeps fading. The offense of the Cardinals lacks a running game and until that gets fixed, the entire burden of winning games will be on Kolb. That pressure showed against the New England Patriots with Kolb only completing 55.6% of his passes and only throwing for 140 yards. That is the white knight coming to save the Cardinals season?
He has receivers, but without a consistent running game, it’s time for the Cards to just go into shotgun where Kolb plays best. Use four wide-out sets and just fling it Kolb, to whichever wide receiver can make it stick. Forget about balance, because the offensive line isn’t giving them many favors and see what happens. The Cardinals are not going to run it against the NFC West teams like the 49ers.
So why run at all? It’s clear what the deficiencies of this Cardinals team are, but they can emerge as the NFC West champion if they do those let Kevin Kolb just throw instead of wasting plays on the rushing offense. Besides, the Cards are 30th in passing yards and that is embarrassing with the receivers the Cardinals have. Don’t expect Kevin Kolb to step in and save the franchise. Enjoy being undefeated while it lasts.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.