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Kolb Named the Starter at QB for the Cardinals vs Oakland Thursday

After just five practices, Kevin Kolb will lead the Cardinals into their preseason opener Thursday night at Oakland. Kolb said he hopes Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will give him as much playing time as possible as he works to learn a new system and develop chemistry with his teammates.

“Obviously, Ken’s been around a lot longer than I have and he makes those calls,” Kolb said before Tuesday’s final pre-game practice, “but as much time as he’ll give us, that’s how much time we need because there’s a lot of work to be done.” Whisenhunt said he probably will stay with his new quarterback a bit longer than he would under normal circumstances in a preseason opener.

“I just would just like to see him continue to be comfortable with calling and operating the offense,” the coach said. “I’ve seen some good strides as far as handling it in the huddle, but this is a whole new deal now, going out on the field, working the communicator, getting in and out of the huddle, get the plays lined up. I’m sure there’s going to be some confusion out there, not necessarily his but other people on the team. You just never know.” With such a limited time to prepare, Kolb will do well to just oversee the basic offense. “I guess the biggest thing that I want to see is just how he handles everything,” Whisenhunt said.

“I’m not too concerned about statistically what he does or a lot of those things. You want to see him do good things, but I think really you obviously want to see how he handles the situation. It will give us a better feel of what we can do, what we can put in, how we can adjust things going forward. That’s what this is all about.”

Kolb couldn’t practice with the Cardinals until last Thursday after he signed a five-year, $63 million contract with $21 million guaranteed and come off a mixed performance in the Cardinals’ red and white scrimmage, when he made some big plays but threw three interceptions. “We did some great things, and that happens to me sometimes,” he said, “You know, I get caught up in trying to make too many plays.”

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One Response to “Kolb Named the Starter at QB for the Cardinals vs Oakland Thursday”

  1. adam says:

    Kolb is an amazing upgrade at quarterback for the Cards. He will immediately help an offense that averaged a measly 15.8 points per game last year, and Kolb will give Larry Fitzgerald fantasy relevance again. Kolb also will benefit from the signing of Todd Heap, as the veteran has 11 touchdowns in the last two years.

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