Jaworski: 'I was sore after watching Kolb'
It can be an opportunity for a player or a team to make a statement on the exclusive national stage. It can also be an opportunity for a team to advertise their own weaknesses.
The latter was the case for the Arizona Cardinals in their ugly 17-3 loss to the St. Louis Rams Thursday night. Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times by an aggressive Rams defense, pointing out to those who didn't already know, that the Cardinals have some issues on their offensive line.
ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski joined Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio Friday morning, and didn't hold back in his critique of the Cardinals' o-line.
"I gotta tell you, I got out of bed and I was sore just from watching Kevin Kolb get beat up last night," he said. "He took a pounding at the hands of that Rams defense."
Kolb was also roughed up last Sunday in a win over the Miami Dolphins; in all, the Cardinals' signal caller was sacked 17 times in a five-day stretch.
With the Cardinals trailing most of the game, Arizona chose to throw almost exclusively, with Kolb completing 28 of 50 throws for 289 yards. Kolb proved his toughness by continuing to stand in the pocket, but in the long term, Jaworski thinks the deficiencies on the offensive line will take their toll.
"Kevin Kolb, let's get real guys, will not finish the season," he said. "It'll be (John) Skelton very soon, then Ryan Lindley after that and whoever they sign as a free agent. This line is just not holding up."
So what's the problem? Obviously, the season-ending triceps injury left tackle Levi Brown suffered in preseason put the Cardinals into scramble mode. Journeyman left tackle D'Anthony Batiste and rookie fourth-round pick Bobby Massie have been exploited, especially in the last two weeks.
Jaworski pins the responsibility on the Cardinals' front office, and their perceived failure to address the line through the draft.
"Seems like for a decade, the Cardinals have been trying to rebuild their offensive line and they can't seem to get it done, so you're never going to get consistent quarterback play from that position if your offensive line is not addressed and at least stabilized."
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