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If the struggles continue, the $60 million man may find himself backing up John Skelton
When the Arizona Cardinals traded for, and signed Kevin Kolb to a five-year contract extension worth a maximum of $63.5 million (with $21 million guaranteed), I think they had a different idea of what he would do in his first year-plus as a Cardinal.
After a terrible 2011 season, Kolb isn't off to much of a better start in the preseason. Kolb went 3-for-6 for 23 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions to total 5-of-15 for 47 yards in three preseason games, with no touchdowns and an interception. Oh, boy.
On the second play of the Cardinals' second drive on Friday night, Kolb was flagged for intentional grounding to put the ball on Arizona's 1-yard line. The following play he was sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly.
After the sack, the Raiders television crew reported that Kelly ran to the sideline yelling "That boy's scared!"
Kelly was asked about his thoughts on Kolb after the game, and he didn't exactly pull back on his words. Via the Associated Press:
He is skittish. He is scared back there. 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.
Kolb is on thin ice in Arizona and needs to improve FAST, or he will find himself holding the clipboard for Fordham University's finest, John Skelton.