Arizona Cardinals: 10 Reasons Kevin Kolb Will Fail Yet Again in 2012

Howard Cowan@@HowiedaveContributor IIIApril 11, 2012

Arizona Cardinals: 10 Reasons Kevin Kolb Will Fail Yet Again in 2012

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    The Arizona Cardinals plan to give the reins to quarterback Kevin Kolb, but with his lack of experience and less-than-impressive stat line, and a bad offensive line, don't look for the Cardinals to make the playoffs in 2012.

    After the Cardinals lost out on the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, they gave Kolb his money. Though he will have to compete with John Skelton for the starting spot, Kolb should get the job come September.   

    But after a disappointing 2011 season, the question is not if he will fail but when.

    Here are 10 reasons why before the season is over, Cardinals fans will be calling for Skelton to replace Kolb.

John Skelton

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    Skelton was the reason the Cardinals went 6-2 during the last half of the season, not Kolb. Numbers aside, Skelton found ways to win.

    Comparing their stat lines, there is no question Kolb had the better year. But stats don't matter if you're not winning games.

    Kolb's nine touchdowns against eight interceptions are better than Skleton's 11 and 14, respectively. But Kolb didn't finish with a winning record or spark the team from disarray to a possible wild-card berth.

    Either way, the quarterback job is up for grabs, something head coach Ken Whisenhunt has already confirmed.

    Kolb may get the nod to start, but when he crashes, Skelton will be there to pick him up and take over.


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    It's hard to say that a six-year veteran lacks experience, but when it comes to Kolb it's the truth.

    He has been a starting quarterback in the NFL, and a successful one at times, but he has never played more than nine games in a season.

    In 2010, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kolb started five games before being pushed out by a resurgent Michael Vick.

    Kolb has actually only started 15 games in his career, and almost half of those starts were when he was a spot-starter subbing in for an injured player. 


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    Kolb missed four games with due to turf toe last year, and then suffered a concussion and didn't play the rest of the season.

    In 2010, Kolb had a concussion that forced him out of the starting lineup. The Eagles started Vick, and the rest is history.

    Kolb has the talent to start in the NFL, but twice he has been slowed down by concussions.

    He is healthy now, but his concussions may be on his mind, especially with a weak offensive line in Arizona.  

The Offensive Line

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    Last year, the Cardinals' offensive line was terrible. They gave up 54 sacks, which ranked second-worst in the NFL.

    As long as Kolb tries to pass and finds himself on the ground all game, the Cardinals will continue to struggle.  They have tried to improve the line by adding Adam Synder from the San Francisco 49ers. This move should strengthen the inside of the line. 

    They also re-signed their former first-round pick, Levi Brown, after releasing him earlier this offseason. 

    The Cardinals will probably try to bolster the line in this year's NFL Draft so that Kolb is not running for his life.  

Lack of Depth at Wide Reciever

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    Larry Fitzgerald may one of the best receivers in the game. But unlike the 2009 playoffs, he can't always put the team on his back.

    Fitzgerald also doesn't have 1,000-yard receivers Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston around him. Instead, he has young unproven speedsters.  

    Cardinals receivers Andre Roberts and Early Doucet combined for 104 receptions and 1,275 yards receiving, the latter number being fewer than Fitzgerald's 1,411.

    Without productive threats in the passing game, defenses will key in on Kolb and force turnovers.

Previous Losing Record

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    Kolb can lead his team to wins, even in overtime, like he did against the Dallas Cowboys, but does he have the buy-in of his team?

    The Cardinals rallied behind Skelton and won five of the last seven games he started. Despite his erratic numbers, the team knows they have a winner.

    The team was 3-6 under Kolb last year, even though they lost close games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

    If the Cardinals continue to lose this season, it's easier to blame Kolb because he's lost before.  

He's No Peyton Manning

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    Let's be honest. The Cardinals didn't think about keeping Kolb until they were sure Peyton Manning was going somewhere else.

    For Cardinals fans, there will be talk about what could have been: Would the Manning signing brought a Super Bowl to the desert? Or would he have gotten the team to the playoffs just to lose before the big game?

    It's only speculation now, as the future Hall of Famer has moved onto Denver. Yet, Kolb is still left in his shadow.

    As long as Kolb underwhelms in Arizona, he will always be under the cloud of "what if we got Peyton?"

They Won't Make the Playoffs

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    The Cardinals are not a bad team—they finished 8-8 on the year and 7-5 in the NFC. But the problem is they play in the NFC.

    With the San Francisco 49ers pretty much a lock to win the NFC West this year, Arizona would have to battle for two wild card spots.

    That leaves the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cowboys and Eagles as possible wild card teams. 

    Kolb now has a in a no-win situation, because even if he has a good year and the Cardinals miss the playoffs, the blame will fall on him. 

Too Much Money

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    The Cardinals quarterback is currently in the second year of a five-year, $63 million contract with $21 million guaranteed.

    Kolb came in with high expectations after showing flashes of brilliance with the Eagles. Now the investment doesn't look as solid.

    Paying $63 million for a backup quarterback is ridiculous, even for a quarterback like Kolb. 

    Unless he can produce like the No. 1 quarterback he is paid to be, the signing will be seen as a failure.

Lack of Production

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    It's still puzzling why the Cardinals traded Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick for Kolb, when Kolb's numbers weren't that impressive in Philadelphia.

    From 2009 to 2010, he threw 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games as a starter, and he didn't prove anything.

    For his career, he has a 59.4 completion percentage and a very mediocre 76.7 quarterback rating.

    Kolb is not the quarterback the Cardinals paid for, and unless he has a breakout year, it will be another failed season.