Kolb Fires Back At Kelly; Vick, Celek Weigh In

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickKevin Kolb‘s rocky start  in Arizona has not gone unnoticed by his former teammates.

“I’m going to call him tonight. That’s my boy,” said Michael Vick Saturday. “From what I hear, he needs some protection. Other than that I really don’t know. [I’m going to reach out]  just to encourage him more than anything.”

Kolb was sacked three times — once in the end zone for a safety — and went 3-of-6 for 22 yards against the Raiders Friday night. He is now 5-for-15 for 47 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the preseason, and finds himself in a battle with John Skelton for the starting job.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” said Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, 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.”

Kolb fired back at Kelly on Saturday.

“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said, according to the team’s website. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”

The former Eagles signal-caller is reportedly playing behind a wobbly offensive line. The situation may have just worsened, as left tackle Levi Brown might be lost for the year with a torn triceps.

“I feel bad for him,” said Brent Celek, who was tight with Kolb when they played together. “The guy’s a good player. Just from what I’m hearing things aren’t working out so well. But it’s still the preseason. He’s just got to keep his head down and keep grinding and keep going. I still think he’s a great quarterback. Doesn’t change my mind.”


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  • Kal

    Well it’s no secret that Kevin Kolb has the heart of the Easter Bunny and, an arm of Cotton Candy. He showed in Philly he doesn’t have the nerve to stand in the face of a NFL pass rush, his feet gets jumpy and he resembles a Pogo stick behind his Offensive Line.

  • jmtyl

    Kolb does not look like he has ever played as a starter, if he is not scared he is confused and I don;t know which is worse. Never saw his as a starter nor a franchise player. Arizona was scared of losing Fitzgearald at the time and made a huge mistake.

  • PaoliBulldog

    You’d think teams would learn not to trade for Eagles quarterbacks.

  • I can say that Kolb has never looked as poised as Foles(I know only one game of film) in the pocket when a rush is coming, I saw Foles play a lot in AZ and there is something to be said about a QB who can take a hit like Foles did all the time and get right back up… Reminds me of a young Farve….. but i always thought Kolb was a quality QB but just needed a good line in front on him that he trusts.. and of course quality WRs.

  • D_Dubrow

    It’s clear that there is some sort of miscommunication with Kolb and the Cardinals offensive line play. I’m going to say Kolb played pretty good when he was here in Philly. The obvious difference is that Philly offered him a solid O-line and the Cardinals are not. So I guess my statement here would be that Kolb isn’t necessarily afraid of the opposing defense — it’s his own line that might scare him. They gave him zero time to get the look at his options vs. the Raiders…NONE. On the other hand, when Skelton entered the game, he was provided more time, not much more but he did have additional time. Now, with that being said, Skelton has shown he should be the starting QB in Arizona. But there is some time left in the preseason for Kolb to right his wrongs. It’s up to him (and the O-line) to get it all worked out.

    But enough about Kolb — FLY EAGLES FLY haha

  • defroe81

    old konkussion king kolb… i feel bad but at the same time i dont because if he were good id hate to see him and fitzgerald in the nfc championship game beating his former team. never gonna happen kolb sucks man he always looks scared to me even when he was with philly…

  • MtnHost

    Kolb’s tough enough. His arm is ok. It’s just that his combination of size and quickness isn’t enough to handle a lot of pass rush pressure. I expect that he’ll be a backup the rest of his career, and that could be over in a couple years. Of course, nobody is quick enough to handle the pressure his OL let through their last game.