Despite my extensive criticism of seven-year journeyman QB Kevin Kolb, I really have nothing against the guy. He seems like a perfectly nice guy and a willing mentor to rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Also, the fact that he hunts wild boar with a bowie knife in his spare time is pretty chill if you ask me.
Still, on Sunday afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts, two Buffalo rookies played better and more complete halves of football than the veteran has ever proven he is capable of playing, as the increasingly irrelevant Kolb watched from the sideline, hobbled by a wet rubber mat.
Kolb may not deserve to be cut, but it’s the best choice for the team. EJ Manuel looked composed, confident, and capable in his first NFL start, but the bigger surprise of the afternoon came from undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel. In his impressive second-half run, Tuel threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 19-for-23 passing with zero interceptions. In just two quarters, Tuel put up stats resembling Ryan Fitzpatrick on his best day.
So with Manuel already looking like a starting NFL quarterback and Tuel looking like the NFL’s most capable backup, how does Kolb factor into the equation? The simple answer is that he doesn’t. Buffalo appears to be set at quarterback without the injury-riddled, inconsistent veteran and would be smart to part ways with Kolb before the start of the regular season.
The Bills would be saving themselves plenty of drama, injuries, and mediocre quarterback play if they simply bit the bullet and cut Kevin Kolb.