Its a slow news day, but it seems no matter how slow, the wheel always turns in the Kevin Kolb to Arizona rumor.
Today it is Garry Cobb of Gcobb.com reporting that an NFL source close to him assured him that the Cardinals are still very much interested in trading for Kolb. Gcobb says that Kolbs two games against the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons really had an impact on the Cardinals. Gcobb has been spot on with reporting in the past, reporting that Asante Samuel would sign with the birds, and that David Akers turned down a deal during this past season.
In addition to learning that the Cardinals were still interested, Gcobb also had this to say about the Cardinals evaluation of Kolb.
I learned that former Arizona Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner didn’t like playing against the physical Niners defense. The Cards like the way Kolb gets the football out of his hands. That was a strength of Warner’s but a weakness of former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart. The former first round draft pick was described as a quarterback with a long throwing motion and long stride when throwing the football.
Gcobb emphasized that while the Cardinals are very much interested, the final decision to make a move for Kolb has not been made.
It’s not surprising that the Cardinals were impressed with Kolb’s play against the Falcons and 49ers. When Kolb is given time and a game plan is constructed to promote his skill set, he can flourish. Kolb has shown he can be very quick with his reads, and when their good, he is very accurate. But against a team like Green Bay, Kolb’s quick release can lead to bad reads- and interceptions.
At this point it seems like the only way that Kolb does not end up in Arizona will be if the Eagles decide not to deal him. Even if a bidding war is started, Arizona cannot afford to loose it due to their basically open courting of Kolb all off season. They have a fan base thats expecting Kolb, and will not accept another year with a miserable quarterback.