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Updated Jun 14, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Kevin Kolb deserves a second chance

Kevin Kolb lines up under center during the team's minicamp practice Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

I have a question for Cardinals fans: What did Kevin Kolb do deserve getting booed Wednesday night? We're not talking about a game, and we're not even really talking about a practice. We're talking about a minicamp workout at Fan Fest! Kolb probably thought he was back at Lincoln Financial Field instead of University of Phoenix Stadium. Besides, when did you turn into Philly fan?

Of course last season was a disappointment. Kolb would be the first to tell you he should've thrown more than nine touchdowns and fewer than eight interceptions in only nine starts. He'd also tell you he should've made more than nine starts. I'm guessing he didn't overly enjoy battling turf toe and head injuries last season. I'm going to also assume Kolb didn't enjoy feeling like a sitting duck in the pocket because his left tackle didn't/couldn't block for him. Sure he had happy feet, but wouldn't you?

Kolb would've also benefitted from offseason workouts after being acquired from Philly last season. Save your "Cam Newton did just fine without OTA's and Minicamp, and he was a rookie" comments. Kolb is not Newton. Not even close. Newton has a legitimate chance to be a Hall of Fame quarterback. If he stays healthy, I believe Kolb will become a solid NFL starter (think along the lines of Rich Gannon) that can help a team win games, but will probably never carry a team.

It's not like Kolb came to Arizona with a sense of entitlement. Sure he got a nice contract, but he also knew the Cards were somewhat desperate for someone who could give them a chance to win games. He didn't demand outrageous money. He came in, said the right things and put in the work to try and hastily learn a brand new system. Even Larry Fitzgerald commented during training camp how impressed he was with Kolb's work ethic. Of course you want that to translate to the field, but things don't always work out that way.

I know the fans who booed Kolb in June are the same ones who'll be sporting No. 4 jerseys in November if he's helping the Cards rack up wins. They also might be the same people who demand patience when they're struggling in a particular area of their life, but aren't as forgiving toward others.

Assuming Kolb begins the season as the starter (and I believe he should), he needs a strong start. This is a franchise that has high expectations and it should. If Kolb comes out and struggles, then feel free to express your frustration. But to lob jeers at a guy in his first true offseason when he's coming off a head injury is a bit much.

Don't be lame, Cards fan.


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