Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Finding the solution at QB for Cards
By Tom Carpenter
Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com doesn't think that Kevin Kolb's injury issues from last season will linger through 2013.
"When I last spoke to Kolb the day Arians was hired (via text) he said his ribs were doing well," he wrote. "I don’t expect those to hinder him in the offseason, for those worried his 2013 could be in jeopardy. Obviously he has to stay healthy once the games begin, but there shouldn't be 2012 aftereffects."
That's good news for his physical state, but a looming $13.5 million salary-cap hit for his contract has left the new Arizona Cardinals regime with a tough decision about whether to keep Kolb on their roster, turn to John Skelton or Ryan Lindley, or look elsewhere for a new QB. If they opt to go searching for a long-term replacement via the draft, ESPN NFL Insider Kevin Weidl thinks that NC State's Mike Glennon would be good fit under new coach Bruce Arians:
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"That leaves NC State's Mike Glennon, who sits third on the quarterback board but throws the kind of deep ball Arians' offense will require. Glennon has the arm to stretch the field vertically, and throws with an easy motion and proper touch. He also flashes the ability to change trajectory on his passes and can drive the ball to hit back-shoulder throws down the field. ... He's drawn some comparisons to reigning Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco because of his size and arm strength, but the big difference between the two is that Glennon (6-foot-7¼, 225 pounds) lacks foot speed and athleticism to move inside and outside the pocket. Flacco isn't an elite athlete, either, but he was underrated in that area coming out of Delaware and showed during the Ravens' recent playoff run that he is more than just a statue in the backfield."