Coming off two consecutive losses, the Arizona Cardinals find themselves back at home Sunday hoping to even their record at 2-2 when the New York Giants visit the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Last weekend the Cards know they let one get away.
Playing the then winless Seahawks, Kevin Kolb and the offense were shutout in the second half as the Red Birds left rainy Seattle wondering what could have been.
Kolb finished with 252 yards passing but was intercepted twice, including one in the final three minutes with the Cardinals driving inside Seahawks territory.
After the loss, Ken Whisenhunt deflected some of the heat off his signal-caller.
“We’re still growing around Kevin and what he does well,” Whisenhunt explained. “There were a couple times when plays were mixed up and we didn’t run them correctly. That is a product of getting familiar with our offense and that just takes time.”
As can be expected when you’re a starting NFL quarterback, there were fan rumblings this week if Kolb is the right here in Arizona.
His teammates certainly believe in him.
“The only people who are criticizing him right now are the people on the outside,” guard Daryn Colledge told Brad Cesmat on “Big Guy on Sports” Friday afternoon.
“Kevin’s a winner. He’s won in High school. He’s won in college. He’s going to win in the league. He’s the guy we want back there. He’s making better and better decisions every single week.”
The Red Birds struggled to find consistency under center in 2010 following Kurt Warner’s retirement. The quarterback carousel included rookies John Skelton and Max Hall, along with veteran Derek Anderson whose Cardinal legacy will be remembered more for his post-Monday Night Football meltdown than anything he did on the field.
Colledge knows Kolb’s plate is full.
“They (the Cardinals coaches) put a lot on him,” he explained to Cesmat. They’re not going to hold back. They’re going to give him the whole offense…he’s got to learn to make the shift and adjustments himself.”
Through the first three games, Kolb has completed 62.5% percent of his throws with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
His passer rating is 93.8.