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Kolb was calling out Eagles’ plays to his Cardinals teammates

Chris Chase
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Kevin Kolb didn't suit up for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but he played a key role in the team's upset victory over his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The injured Cardinals quarterback, who was traded from Philadelphia in the offseason, was able to recognize some of Michael Vick's play-calls during the game and relay that information to his defensive teammates.

Kolb told 94 WIP:

"During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty. Mike's sitting there giving the signals, and I'm standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, 'Hey it's a go ball, hey he's running a screen, hey he's running a slant.' [...]

"How much of an effect do I really have? I'm screaming to one guy. He may hear me, he may not. Luckily for us at that point [presumably the two-minute drill at the end], the crowd was pretty dead and some of our guys could maybe hear it."

I like the cut of Kolb's jib. He's boasting and reveling, but not taking excessive credit. He knows he didn't throw the touchdown passes or catch said throws or make Vick's passes go directly into the hands of defenders or throw a Saturday hissy-fit like DeSean Jackson or call plays that ignored LeSean McCoy for the majority of the fourth quarter. All he's saying is that he was able to give a little insider intel that could possibly have helped and certainly could have been avoided. Nothing more, nothing less.

There are so many other reasons to rip on Andy Reid, Michael Vick and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles that criticizing them for not changing the signals hardly seems worth the effort. So much was made about Vick finally getting comfortable in the playbook during the offseason. Why change it simply for one game and risk their $100 million man getting even more confused than he already looks on the field?

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