Kolb deserved less grief, more credit
I recall an interview with director Quentin Tarantino, who listed his 25 favorite movies since he became a director.
The Matrix rightfully made the list, but he almost kept it off. His reasoning was that the two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were so horrible that they minimized the greatness of the original.
What does this have to do with anything? It has to do with Kevin Kolb.
I had a hard time seeing his performance vs. the Dolphins without looking at it through the lens of that dreadful pick. Every great play he made was followed by a “yeah, but…” It was distorting my entire view.
It was my own Tarantino moment, and it was a mistake.
For as much grief as I gave him for the pick, he deserves an equal amount of praise for the recovery. Given all the circumstances surrounding it, the touchdown throw on 4th and 10 was a thing of beauty. On that same drive, he was staring cold at a 3rd and 18, yet managed to convert a first down after two pass plays. Big picture; Kolb’s avoidance of the big mistake is a big reason for the 4-0 start.
It was a potentially fatal blow, and he can’t hope to get away with a similar type gaffe in the future. But he was able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and that demands far more credit than he was given by me.