Hey Kevin, Take A Look in the Mirror

It was no surprise the news broke prior to the 2011 NFL Season that the Philadelphia Eagles were actively shopping Kevin Kolb. Although the rate of return would be significant, many teams throughout the league were interested in what Kolb had to offer. It was clear to Kolb that his sole opportunity in Philadelphia would be as the back-up to the resurgent Michael Vick.

The surprise of the matter falls in the front office of Arizona Cardinals, who snuck up on Philadelphia by trading a pro-bowl cornerback in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second round draft pick. The price tag was heavy, but then the again the Cards were trading for what they considered to be their franchise quarterback. Arizona Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say, “Ultimately Kevin was the guy that we had the highest grade on, that we felt was the best fit for what we’re trying to get accomplished as far as a fit with our offense, where he was age-wise, what he had done in the league. That was our target.”

Immediately following the trade, the Cardinals pulled another bold move and signed Kevin Kolb to a 5 year/$64 million dollar contract. Now that is big money. Prior to AZ, Kolb has started just 7 NFL games, showed mixed success and at time acted like a bit of a hot head on the playing field. Not to mention, this guy was formally non-paid, he didnt have a huge rookie contract that entails high expectations. There is now big pressure on a young quarterback who until this point was never even guaranteed a starting job.

Sure, quarterbacks drafted annually in the top 10 demand similar salaries than what Kolb got from Arizona, so he is not in rare company. Fact of the matter is, that the team drafting these QBs that early can justify the pick based on raw skills and coachability that can turn them into All-Pro athletes.

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So, here we are 5 weeks intop the 2011 season, and the Cardinals stand at 1-4. Kevin Kolb, the hothead, has officially called out what apparently he considers to be his team, saying “We have to get more detail oriented. “It starts with meetings, showing up to work on time, getting in early, getting your work done, and all the stuff a professional is supposed to do. Maybe it takes a game like this to figure that out.”

Kolb can point fingers all the wants, but his personal performance is backing neither his comments or his contract. Read closely here: 5 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 6 fumbles, and a measly 58% completion percentage, Kolb has no right. How dare him? Oh ya, Kolb has been sacked 16 times, second to only St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, whose Rams stand at 0-5.

If you are going to call out your teams performance and effort, at least make sure your numbers speak for themselves. Make sure you are doing your part. Kevin Kolb essentially needs to take a good look in the mirror and realize change may very well start with himself.

 

Sources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6812979/arizona-cardinals-complete-trade-philadelphia-eagles-kevin-kolb

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82309e36/article/kolb-believes-cardinals-must-alter-preparation-to-end-slump

http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&season=2011&seasonType=REG&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-p=1&statisticCategory=PASSING&d-447263-s=PASSING_PASSER_RATING

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