Future mall Ron Swanson impersonator Kevin Kolb had a lot riding on this preseason. After failing to impress in his first season with Arizona, Kolb was nearly replaced during the off-season. That the Cardinals weren’t a particularly attractive destination for Peyton Manning and their draft spot wasn’t high enough to land one of the really coveted QB prospects in the draft were the only things that really kept that from happening. So Kolb would at least get another chance.
It’ll probably be short lived. Kevin Kolb had a Kevin Kolb of a night in the Hall of Fame game. His first pass was intercepted. The second Arizona offensive series ended in a three-and-out, the final play of which should have drawn a safety for a holding call in the end zone but instead the Cardinals escaped with an incompletion. On the first play of the Cards third series, Kolb again saw pressure in his own end zone, rolled out to escape, actually completed a pass (!!!), but was slammed to the ground by Sedrick Ellis. He lingered on the ground for a bit, before having to be helped off the field with what ended up being a rib contusion.
John Skelton was serviceable in relief, and that’s likely good enough to give him the inside track against Kolb for the starting job, even though Kolb’s injury isn’t all that serious. Like all hand transitions in power, the Skelton era looks to have begun with trolling. “U HURT, Kolb? No worries. I got it from here. Shake it out. What? No? Don’t be salty.”
A few other notable things you may have missed in case you preferred to partake in loaded Sunday programming:
Stewart Bradley did the Carlton after sacking Chase Daniel early in the game. The extra cheesy expression really sells it. If that becomes his thing, he’ll have to get the stadium to cue up Tom Jones at home games.
Mike Mayock: lead signer of Wild Cherry cover band, Lispy Cherry.