Opponent On Kolb: ‘He Is Scared Back There’

It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for Kevin Kolb.

The former Eagles second-round pick didn’t do much last night to make his case for being the Cardinals’ starting quarterback, going 3-for-6 for 22 yards. Kolb completed his first three passes as Arizona scored on its opening possession, but then things went downhill. He was sacked three times, including once in the end zone, for a safety. The offensive line deserves criticism too, but Kolb is now 5-for-15 for 47 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the preseason.

To make matters worse, Kolb’s opponents are now ripping him. According to reports, Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly came off the field last night saying, “That boy’s scared.” Kelly didn’t back down when asked about Kolb after the game.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said, per the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him, he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Analysts will often talk about quarterbacks’ eye level – the need to stay focused on what’s happening downfield, rather than what’s happening at the line of scrimmage. Kelly seems to be pointing that out as a major issue for Kolb.

John Skelton, meanwhile, played just one series, going 3-for-3 for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Writes Kent Somers, beat writer for The Arizona Republic:

Arguments can be made for and against both quarterbacks. But there is no doubt the Cardinals have played better with Skelton leading them.

At this point, all signs point to Kolb opening the season on the bench for the first time since 2009.

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  • usmcnole

    Best trade eagles ever made. He must still be seeing the ghosts of clay matthews

  • Formidable

    My buddy was at the Eagles vs Ravens game where McNabb was benched and Kolb took over and he said the same thing about Kolb being scared of the defense and the Ravens players laughing at him after each play. Its crazy that a layman (with great seats btw) can see/hear something that coaches from two organizations could not see. I mean we did give him a big contract before sending him to AZ. Thank you Clay Matthews, you saved us from this abomination at starting QB (won’t count Reid out from bringing him back as a backup).

  • The O-line wasn’t good, but Kolb was making them look far worse with his happy feet, ball-patting and indecisiveness.

    Notice how the protection immediately became adequate when the far more confident Skelton was in the pocket.

  • ICDogg

    David Carr Syndrome

  • Run Eagles Run

    SO funny to me that people actually thought this dude was a starting QB.

  • Kal

    I still remember posters to some of these forums lobbying to keep Kolb over Vick. That was a riot if there ever was. You still have some Eagles Fans who insist Kolb didn’t get a fair shake here at the starting QB spot, and would have rather had him over Vick.

    The Eagles would have been the Cardinals had Kolb remained in Philly. Football would have been miserable again in Philly, back to the days of Merion Campbell stuck on stupid with a QB with the heart of the Easter Bunny and arm of Cotton Candy.