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NFL Lines - Cardinals Should Keep Faith In Kolb

Posted by Marcello Messina on 3/5/2012 12:42:27 PM

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NFL Lines – Cardinals Should Keep Faith in Kolb

Despite having a NFL lines season he would like to forget, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb should not lose the faith and support of the Arizona Cardinals. The 6'3'', 218-lbs signal caller will have a comeback year next season. His past disappointing seasons were not due to the situation of a regressing player, but rather of a player victim of circumstance.

NFL Lines – To Win NFC Championship
Green Bay Packers 250
New Orleans Saints 450
Arizona Cardinals 2200

Injury Woes In Philadelphia
For one, Kolb had an unlucky 2011 NFL lines campaign, rarely playing at full health. He suffered through torn ligaments in his toe, a painful bruise on the bone of his foot, and a severe concussion which ended his season. Furthermore, Kolb also played behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league that year in Philadelphia.

Unorganized in Arizona

Kevin Kolb played in the first eight games of the 2012 NFL lines season, en route averaging a miserable interception per game. That said, he did face some of the toughest teams in the league during the Cardinals' opening matches, including the eventual champions – the New York Giants. However, Kolb might have fared better against this elite opposition had he more of a substantial off-season over the summer from which he could regain his rhythm. Though the lockout did not affect the stellar performances of other quarterbacks last NFL lines season, it could just be that Kolb needed some more time to adjust to his new surroundings in Arizona. In fact, the Arizona Cardinals do not have to look far back to see an example of why they should keep faith in Kolb.

Shades of Kurt Warner

During the 2007 NFL lines season, then-36-year-old quarterback Kurt Warner was being written off as an elite player, and the Cardinals were considering releasing him in favour of a young Matt Leinart. Leinart – the starting quarterback of the season opener – broke his collar bone in Week 5. Warner then inherited the starting job, and finished the season with a more than respectable passer rating of 89.8, 3,417 yards, and 27 touchdowns in 11 games. The following year, Warner led to the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, the only time in the franchise's history they made it to the big show.

Messina Mention

Though he will have youngster John Skelton breathing down his neck next NFL lines season for a starting position, Kevin Kolb is a player with proven potential. He showed glimpses of elite quality while he was a backup to Michael Vick in Philadelphia, while none can easily forget his first ever NFL game where he threw for over 300 yards, and a passer rating of 130. The Arizona Cardinals organization should not give up so easily on Kevin Kolb. He is a player that has the skill to replicate what Warner did for the Cardinals back in 2008. Given the right circumstances, Kolb will succeed.


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