Kevin Kolb is Not the Answer for New York Jets

By Nick Mamary
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The New York Jets have basically been on a scavenger hunt for a decent quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. Their next addition to this group could come from the desert. As expected, Kevin Kolb has been released by the Arizona Cardinals. In his NFL career which dates back to 2007, Kolb has recorded 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.  This statistic shows that he has been slightly above average.

Now, it is time to ask if Kolb be an upgrade over Sanchez. At this point that is certainly possible with the state of his skill set.  However, is Kolb the long term answer for the Jets to build around? Don’t count on it.

This quarterback from Houston exploded on to the scene in 2009 filling in for the injured Donovan McNabb when they were with the Philadelphia Eagles.  There was a belief that Kolb could be a franchise quarterback and it played a role in Donovan McNabb being traded by the  Eagles in 2010. Of course what happened was the reemergence of Michael Vick. Even when he was on the field, Kolb failed to establish himself as a reliable number one option. Any player that was pushed aside for John Skelton has issues.

The Cardinals gave away too much for Kolb’s services in cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick. Although he led Arizona to a 4-0 start this past season and improved his numbers (eight touchdowns and three interceptions), he only played in six games this year due to injury. Offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg’s presence with New York explains the rumors, but they should not be followed through on. Kolb’s decision making is not great and his awareness in the pocket is also questionable. A positive is his arm strength, but that does not cancel the negative. By signing Kolb, New York would be adding another mediocre piece to this already disorganized puzzle.

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