The Cardinals had myriad issues to address during their off-week, but none were more important than the quarterback position.
At 1-4, the Cardinals' only hope of catching the 49ers is if they get great play out of quarterback Kevin Kolb. And over the last three weeks, Kolb has not been good.
He has one touchdown pass in the past three games, and that was a prayer he threw up to Larry Fitzgerald in Seattle.
Kolb has had five passes intercepted in that time. He has looked uncomfortable in the pocket, missed open receivers and made poor decisions.
While Kolb hasn't been good lately, the Cardinals offensive problems go deeper. The pass protection has been poor, and the defense has done a poor job of limiting the damage done by turnovers.
To his credit, Kolb has stood up to the criticism. He knows he has to play better and vowed he will.
The off week, he said, allowed him to get away and realize "I am right where I need to be and I want to be and make sure that we keep realizing the opportunities, as a team and a unit," he said.
Translation: Kolb knows this is a prime chance for him to prove himself. The Cardinals gave up a lot for him -- cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick. And they signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract.
Kolb is happy in Arizona. He and his wife like it. At 27, Kolb wants to make his stand in the desert.
"I told you all this before," he said, "we love the group here. We love the coaching staff, obviously love this city and this place, and we all want it to remain that way. The only way you do that is by winning."
Kolb hopes to step up for Cardinals
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