Kurt Warner was very successful as starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals from 2005 to 2009. Kevin Kolb, the man brought in from Philadelphia to be the next franchise quarterback, has not fared as well. The comparison is not even close.
The Oakland Raiders’ Tommy Kelly wasn’t shy about expressing his views on Kevin Kolb earlier this week. Today, Warner sounded off regarding Kolb’s quarterbacking experience to date in Arizona. Has Kolb made progress in becoming that franchise quarterback the Cardinals are seeking?
“I see the same thing I saw last year,” Warner said. “I see a guy who hasn’t been able to grasp the system enough to slow the game down, or he doesn’t have confidence in what he’s seeing. Maybe he understands what the offense is asking him to do, but the game is going too fast, and he’s not pulling the trigger.”
Warner continued on to say that perhaps there is some difficulty with the system change between Philadelphia and Arizona. Warner added that while playing for the Eagles, Kolb was “more used to seeing things develop, watching guys come open and then throwing it. In [Arizona's] offense, that’s tough because you’ll be late on a lot of throws.”
Kolb has been working hard to fend off critics after being traded from Philadelphia for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick, and signing a 5 year, $63 million contract. But all Kolb has been doing is his best impression of Rob Johnson, the ex-NFL quarterback who was traded to the Buffalo Bills from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998. After signing a 5 year, $25 million contract, Johnson did little for the Bills, fighting injuries and a successful backup in Doug Flutie.
Warner was able to master the Arizona offense, and while healthy he still showed glimpses of how he made Mike Martz’s “Greatest Show on Turf” come alive in St. Louis. Kolb flashed greatness at times in Philadelphia, and has still had some good games in Arizona. But there still seems to be a lot of progress to be made in terms of Kolb’s mastery of the system. And with fellow quarterback John Skelton impressing in limited work last season and in this preseason, Kolb seems closer to the Arizona bench than the title of NFL franchise quarterback.