Last week Browns president Mike Holmgren held a press conference in which he explained that the team will consider all of the available options when it comes to the quarterback position. Obviously, this isn’t a ringing endorsement for Colt McCoy but it’s a practical strategy for a disappointing franchise.
“Kolb was a much better quarterback in the West Coast offense in which he was schooled in Philadelphia. Arizona doesn’t run it,” writes Grossi. “Also, Kolb was drafted by Philadelphia partly based on evaluations made by Heckert and Shurmur — the Browns’ top two football men. Heckert was the Eagles’ general manager, though he didn’t have final football authority, and Shurmur was the team’s quarterbacks coach.”
That obviously implies that the Cardinals would release Kolb after just one season in Arizona. The 2011 season was certainly a disappointment for Kolb but he had a very brief amount of time to learn the teams system and develop some amount of continuity with the Cardinals receiving core. Yes, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton made harder transitions but it’s still a worthy consideration. Add in the fact that the Cardinals traded away Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in this years draft and it seems more likely that the Cardinals would give him one more year to prove his worth.
Grossi’s point that the Kolb is a better fit in Cleveland is certainly valid but it’s just hard to image it happening at this point. Especially with Robert Griffin III possibly available to them in the draft.