For the Arizona Cardinals, Kevin Kolb is clearly the man
While head coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't say those words immediately following Sunday's 27-6 domination of the Eagles, he easily could have and maybe even should have.
In Week 1, Kolb came off the bench cold in the fourth quarter and led the game-winning drive. Last week, Kolb managed the game well and even threw a touchdown pass during the improbable win in Foxboro. Against his former team on Sunday, Kolb did a lot more than just protect the pigskin, he made big plays. Winning plays. Not bad for a guy who was as good as garbage in the eyes of many Cards' fans just two weeks ago.
"I'll put this into words in the offseason," Kolb said. "Hopefully it comes with a ring and a lot more wins."
He's focused on the big picture.
In the first half, Kolb threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 37-yard dart to Larry Fitzgerald that gave the Redbirds a very comfortable 17-0 second quarter lead.
That leads me to another point: Kolb managed to get the ball to his star receiver just one time last week. Sunday, Fitz caught nine passes for 114 yards. Getting number 11 more looks was a point of emphasis in practice last week, and Kolb made it happen against Philadelphia.
Of course, he was quick to redirect the credit to his coaches for coming up with the right game plan to get him open.
Kolb also overcame a major handicap -- the running game. In the first half, when the Cards scored all but three of their 27 points, they managed just 32 rushing yards on 13 carries. Despite the inept ground attack, Kolb managed to complete passes to six different receivers. He didn't turn the ball over and continues to look more and more comfortable in the pocket.
For those fans yet to hop on the Kevin Kolb bandwagon, I can throw an avalanche of statistics showing you why he has done enough to reclaim the starting job. He has a 108.6 quarterback rating, turned the ball over just once in nine quarters (a second quarter fumble vs. the Patriots) and made some big throws in big situations.
Most importantly though, Kolb is winning. Last time I checked, that counts for a heck of a lot. He's also now the answer to a trivia question. As in, "Who was the first quarterback to lead his team to a 3-0 start since 1974?"
Need I say more?