The moment that Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb lost his heart.
Raider DT Tommie Kelly is saying what everybody in the world wants to say. Kevin Kolb is a shell-shocked former version of the kid that was at one point heir to the Donovan McNabb dynasty in Philadelphia.
If there is any person to blame for the signal caller that you see before you today, it’s Green Bay’s Clay Matthews.
Kevin didn’t even see it coming and as a result he fumbled the ball out of bounds as he rolled over and planted his face into the ground.
At that moment, Kevin Kolb the coaches’ son from Texas that patiently awaited his turn for three years to take over a pro team checked out of pro football possibly never to return.
There was to be no Aaron Rodgers part deuce in his timeline. He simply folded and became seemingly a player that is afraid of his own shadow on the football field.
In 2012, after his third straight abysmal preseason appearance in his fight to remain a starter, the battle for him looks lost and as Kelly said, it’s all because he’s scared.
His locker room comments after his initial headline making proclamation bears out what Players View has said or some time now.
“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said, via the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”
To add to Kelly’s professional observations, let’s add that Kolb’s fear causes him to create his own negative plays.
The difference between him and John Skelton is really that Skelton will hang in the pocket and deliver the ball in the face of the enemy.
Kolb’s arm strength and athletic upside should easily trump Skelton. But it does not because Skelton stands tall in combat.
Kolb on the other hand takes off running for a loss of yards on many occasions looking for some sort of safety net.
You can’t blame the Cardinals offensive line for all of this as Kolb often creates his own problems.
If he’s this fearful now, I’m curious to see what happens the next time that the Cardinals play the Packers.
It was again Matthews that delivered the blow that watched him lose not one but probably two starting gigs.
Perhaps a date with Green Bay is exactly what he needs to get right. Perhaps Kolb needs to look his monster in the eye directly and defeat him before he can set upon the course of beating others.
Because every since September 12, 2010, he’s been a man on the run.