They note that Kolb, who has indicated that he would prefer to be dealt rather that sit behind Vick for another year — and for whom the Eagles need to net a return, rather than just allow him to depart in free agency in 2012 — has thrown more interceptions (14) than touchdown passes (11) in his brief playing time.
They wonder about his decision-making. But mostly the Cardinals' brass wonders if Kolb is the right fit for coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense.
Kolb averaged only 6.46 per pass attempt in his five starts in 2010. Until last season, when the Cardinals were forced to play quarterback roulette and started a pair of rookies at various times, the Arizona passing game averaged over 7.0 yards per attempt under Whisenhunt. The number dropped precipitously to a paltry 5.81 yards in 2010, but, again, there were mitigating circumstances.
In theory at least, the Arizona passing design is more vertical than that in Philadelphia, takes some pages from the Mike Martz passing game and expects quarterbacks to drive the ball into the intermediate and deep windows with accuracy.
At age 27 (in August), Kolb could solve the Cardinals' quarterback problem for a long time if he's the right guy. The Cards, who in a perfect world likely would pursue a veteran such as Marc Bulger, just have to convince themselves he's the right guy.
Line dance: Despite an 8-8 record in 2010, and a perfect 6-0 mark in the division, the Oakland Raiders almost certainly will have a revamped offensive line in 2011. And while there's only so much that can be discerned from the team's workouts last week in suburban Atlanta, where most of the work was devoted to conditioning under the watchful eye of trainer Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports, and to seven-on-seven drills, a couple of rookies could play key roles.
Center Stefan Wisniewski and tackle Joseph Barksdale, the Raiders' second- and third-round picks, respectively, were impressive from a football acumen standpoint, rarely being confused by play-calls, and mentally into things. Wisniewski, the nephew of new Oakland offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski, will have a tough time ousting incumbent starter Samson Satele (15 starts in 2010), but he'll probably be given the opportunity. And while there are no projected plans to do so right now, the Raiders could plug him in at guard, especially with Robert Gallery expected to depart in free agency.
Said Wisniewski: "There's only so much you can do physically in work like this, but you don't want to get (overwhelmed) mentally, and so far it seems like we're at least treading water."
Colston doing well: Despite microfracture surgery on his right knee this spring, which followed an earlier procedure to correct a wrist problem, word is that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is working out twice a day and demonstrating no ill effects from the often tricky the operation. The twice-daily workouts apparently include days on which the Saints do not convene for their unsupervised practices.
A recovery is key for Colston, who will be entering the final year of his contract in 2011, provided there is a season, at a base salary of $3 million. Going into his sixth season, Colston will be an unrestricted free agent next spring, as long as there is any kind of season that allows games to be played.
Although Colston posted the worst yards-per-catch average of his career (12.2 yards), he still had 84 receptions for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. In five years, Colston, who turns 28 next month, has averaged 73.8 catches, 1,019.4 yards, and 8.0 scores. He also had microfracture surgery last spring, on his left, knee, and nonetheless appeared in 15 games in 2010, with 11 starts.