The Chicago Bears need a No. 2 quarterback who can back up Jay Cutler with Jason Campbell likely leaving via free agency. The Arizona Cardinals recently released Kevin Kolb, who has shown promise throughout his NFL career but never lived up to expectations in the desert.
Is this a match made in football heaven? Well let’s take a closer look.
While Kolb is far from a proven passer, there’s no denying that he has shown glimpses of starting-caliber talent. The biggest problem has been injuries, which derailed his 2012 campaign after he got off to a surprisingly-strong start. But the Bears wouldn’t be looking to him to be a starter; they’d be looking to him as a reliable step-in if Cutler goes down. You can’t get injured while standing on the sidelines – unless you’re Sean Payton.
Over the past three years, injuries to Cutler have been death sentences for the Bears. Just when they were on the right path, an untimely injury has left the offense in shambles. The lack of a dependable backup who can step in and run the offense like Cutler has been the difference.
Kolb is a definite upgrade over Campbell, and could potentially benefit from some time holding a clipboard. If it worked when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, why couldn’t it work in Chicago?
Considering his disastrous stint with the Cardinals, there’s a strong possibility that Kolb won’t garner much interest as a starter on the open market. He’ll also have to take significantly-less money than he’s been used to in order to sign with a team, which works out well for the cap-strapped Bears.
The other aspect of this potential relationship is that Kolb could benefit greatly from working with new Bears head coach Mark Trestman, who is known around the NFL as a quarterback guru. Working with Ken Whisenhunt obviously wasn’t cutting it for Kolb, but a better-equipped coach could bring the franchise passer out in Kolb. If all goes as planned, the Bears have some valuable trade bait in the near future.
Considering his track record over the last few seasons, Cutler stands a good chance of going down at some point in 2013 despite the upgrades made along the offensive line. The Bears need a No. 2 quarterback who can step into Cutler’s shoes at a moment’s notice. Kolb can be that guy.
If Kolb is smart, he’d take the opportunity to learn from Trestman instead of joining a quarterback-needy team like the New York Jets, where he’d face a similar situation to what he endured in Arizona.
Before all of this can happen, though, Bears GM Phil Emery has to actually make that call.