Thanks To Philly, Kolb ‘Numb’ To Controversy

It’s hard to believe less than a year has passed since the Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.

At the time, it seemed like Kolb would finally get his chance. After sitting patiently behind Donovan McNabb, suffering an injury in the first game of the 2011 season and getting passed over for Michael Vick, Kolb signed a six-year, $65M contract and appeared set to be the Cardinals’ signal-caller for years to come.

But things didn’t exactly go according to plan.

Kolb again battled through injuries, starting nine games, while completing just 57.7 percent of his passes to go along with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. John Skelton’s number’s were horrible – 54.9 percent completions, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions – but the Cardinals were 5-2 with him as the starter (you may recall one of those games at the Linc).

This season, the two quarterbacks will battle it out for the starting job, and former player Willie McGinest recently said on NFL Network that Cardinals players seem to prefer Skelton. But Kolb, as he did while with the Eagles, is trying to keep his cool and earn his spot.

“I started in Philly,” Kolb said, per Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic. “I got drafted behind Donovan McNabb. So I walked into controversy. Then (Michael) Vick came in behind me. More controversy. And now this.

“I’m just numb to it. I’ve been through so much stuff I’m just numb to it now. It’s such a luxury because I don’t have to worry about everything. I’m mature enough to say, it’ll wash right off. I’ll just play my game and it’ll be fine.”

In Philadelphia, Kolb actually never competed for the starting job during training camp. But now he’ll have training camp and the preseason to prove he gives the Cardinals their best chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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  • http://twitter.com/EaglesJake Jake Louden

    I really feel bad for KK. We made the right decision by dumping him on the Cardinals for DRC. Kevin still has the chance to be a great quarterback, but he’s entering in his 6th year as an NFL QB. Since being drafted he has thrown 16 touchdowns and 18 interceptions….Cardinals should have drafted Foles.

  • gregorio

    Kevin kolb is more than capable of winning the big game. I believe if he had the same opportunity that mcnabb had….the opportunity to play through bad stretches…kolb lost his job in.two places now bc of.injury…doesnt anyone live by that rule any more? You cant lose your job because of injury…? we would be in better position to win a championship. Isnt anyone in this city sick of running quarterbacks??? I mean what does it say on the front door of eagleville? “Running quarterbacks only”???

  • gregorio

    And isnt the idea of a running quarterback a contradiction? im so sick of players who think they can be made into a quarterback. Quarterbacks are born not made. Does anyone feel like i do? The Nick Foles era coming soon to eagleville…stay tuned