One of my best friends is a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. He lives and dies with the Birds.
He had the same love/hate relationship with Donovan McNabb that every other Philly fanatic had from 1999 to 2009 and was as excited as anybody for the dawn of the Kevin Kolb era in 2010. He then watched Kolb complete 60 percent of his passes in his first season as a starter.
So one year later, when trade speculation surfaced linking Kolb to my Seattle Seahawks, my friend texted me: "Haha, you should absolutely be worried. With any luck, NFL owners will get their way, and you'll eventually get to see Kolb poop himself 18 times a year."
Wasn't this the same Kolb who was supposed to do everything right that McNabb did wrong? The guy who was supposed to get Andy Reid and the Eagles over that hump McNabb never could?
The guy who racked up more than 100 total touchdowns and nearly 13,000 passing yards at the University of Houston?
True, Michael Vick had deservedly jacked Kolb's job and put together an MVP-worthy season in 2010. But wasn't it too early for the Eagles to give up on a 26-year-old who threw for 391 yards in his first NFL start, won NFC Offensive Player of the Week in his second start and won the award again last season—thanks to 326 yards and three touchdowns—during a win over a team (Atlanta) that finished with the best record in the conference?
Aaron Rodgers spent the first three years of his career sitting behind a future Hall of Famer, took his lumps upon getting the job and now he's the NFL's new golden boy. Kolb started out the same way, and although he didn't play terribly during his brief time to shine, he's on his way out the door.
Of all the teams speculated to be in the running for Kolb, the Arizona Cardinals seem like the most sensible option for all parties. They have some of what Philly wants, their best player is a Kolb fan and their coach is known to excel in certain QB-friendly areas (e.g. creative play-calling) that aren't exactly Reid's calling card.
Is Kolb really the right guy for Arizona, though? Here are five reasons why trading for Kolb could set the Cardinals back from where they want to go.