Open letter to Kevin Kolb
Dear Kevin Kolb,
I’m sure you are aware of the news that your team, the Arizona Cardinals, are no longer in the running for the services of Peyton Manning. That revelation came to disappointment for many Red Birds fans alike, but probably came as a relief to you.
Take the news with a grain of salt, because it says something about you too.
Sure, you were injured for most of last season because your offensive line was like a swinging saloon door at the entrance to an Old West tavern. And yeah you had a miniscule off-season to learn, understand and execute a new offense.
But signing that massive contract extension put a target on your back to perform well when you were physically able to and you did not come through.
Now with this Manning frenzy, the Cardinals were thinking of cutting you if they were to land the future Hall of Famer. Well, they did not and Manning is down to two other teams.
Now is the time to get down to business and prove to the fan base that you are an NFL-caliber quarterback. Your 58 percent completion rate, nine touchdowns and 1955 yards in 2011 are not enough. Neither is your 3-6* record as a starter (the asterisk is because you were knocked out of one game very early and your team still won).
When you come up to training camp this summer, you better have a huge chip on your shoulder. Show some fire, be pissed off, have some swagger, do whatever it takes. Because of your performance last year, you’re not even the guaranteed No. 1 heading into the off-season. You’re having to battle it out with a fifth-round pick out of Fordham, John Skelton. Some might say that’s a good problem to have but when you’re making franchise money, you shouldn’t have to fend off the back-up.
Look, I want to believe in you for a couple of reasons: 1) So the Cardinals did not look stupid in making the trade for you, and 2) To prove the doubters wrong. But, if you fail to perform once more with the benefits of a full off-season, a better defense and more weapons at your disposal, it may be time to get rid of you, Mr. Kolb.
Do it for you, do it for your team and most of all, do it for us.
Brett Murdock and Cardinals fans everywhere