Saints QBs shine as Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is hurt again during the NFL’s Hall of Fame game
CANTON, Ohio-Hall of Fame Weekend means so much to the NFL for a variety of reasons. For fans it signals the true start of the new season.
This year’s class of immortals is a workman-like group that was headlined by former Jets running back Curtis Martin, and defensive end Chris Doleman.
They were joined by center Dermontti Dawson, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, offensive tackle Willie Roaf and cornerback Jack Butler.
Though there were no speeches that came close to emotionally connecting as deeply as Shannon Sharpe’s did just year ago or had the pizzazz of his fellow classmate Deion Sanders, the induction ceremonies were a celebration of the NFL at its most elite.
Tonight’s game that served as the league’s pre-season kickoff will be noted for two reasons.
The Saints first team offense despite its assorted question marks and dramas looked fantastic marching down the field for a score on its first and only drive with QB Drew Brees under center.
It looks like as expected that second-year running back Mark Ingram will get a lot of face time this season.
Arizona’s quarterback controversy could in fact be already over with faster than it really got started.
The Cardinals chose to start Kevin Kolb over his rival John Skelton and well…Kolb was Kolb.
The quarterback that has proven to be the most unreliable starting option in the league once again left a football game due to injury just as he was getting started.
Kolb is either the softest or unluckiest man in the league and for Cardinals fans it does not really matter which.
During the play in which he was injured, Kolb had the opportunity to set his feet and deliver the football off a play action fake but upon pressure looked into the eyes of the closing defender, ran a couple of yards backwards and into the arms of Saints DE Sedrick Ellis who was happy to take his gift-wrapped present.
Kolb went down near the end zone with what is being called a rib injury and the team as of post time had not set a time table for his eventual return.
Prior to that event, Kolb completed one-out-of-four attempts for four yards and one interception.
The commentary may sound damning but the truth appears that Skelton should have the gig if only for the sidearm completions that he completed under duress when he chose to hang in and throw versus taking off out of fear.
Skelton may not be Mr. Right but he definitely deserves to be Mr. Right Now
.The Saints walked away with a 17-10 victory that also saw excellent play from their backup QB Chase Daniels.