Arizona Cardinals Are Still Very Interested In Kevin KolbBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, NFC News, NFL, Quarterbacks Monday, June 27th, 2011
An NFL source close to the Arizona Cardinals assured me that they are very interested in trading for Kevin Kolb, but it’s not written in stone just yet. They were very impressed with his performances in the 2011 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers.
Even though Kolb’s effort against the Falcons was a better performance against a better team, than his game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona was more impressed with the fact that Kolb was able to lead the Eagles to a victory over the Niners, who are a division rival of the Cardinals and have had Arizona’s number of late. I learned that former Arizona Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner didn’t like playing against the physical Niners defense.
The Cards like the way Kolb gets the football out of his hands. That was a strength of Warner’s but a weakness of former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart. The former first round draft pick was described as a quarterback with a long throwing motion and long stride when throwing the football.
Leinart’s downfall in Arizona started when he hesitated, then hesitated again before throwing a slant to perennial Pro Bowl wide out Larry Fitzgerald. The throw was very late and it allowed the safety to get a good shot on Fitzgerald which resulted in the star wide receiver injuring his MCL.
Fitzgerald told Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt that he never made the statement about wanting the Cardinals to acquire Kolb, but the perennial Pro Bowler has been clear about not being happy about the quarterbacks, who are currently on the Arizona roster.
They like the Marc Bulger option because he reminds them of Warner with the way he understands the offense and gets the ball out of hands, but they have questions about Bulger. He hasn’t played much over the last few years. He’s made statements about not wanting to leave his family, who I believe live in the St. Louis area.
The Cardinals aren’t sure about Bulger’s commitment to want to compete and play football.
So at this moment the decision hasn’t been made but Kolb seemed to be at the front of the line for the Cardinals.
Trading young talented cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie is a another story. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.
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