Last season was a horrible year in the desert for the Cardinals. When it came to quarterback play, it would be tough to find a situation that was worse than Arizona’s. Obviously any time a team has to replace a future Hall-Of-Famer like Kurt Warner it’s not easy. Arizona learned that the hard way. Derek Anderson was a disaster, Max Hall proved that he wasn’t ready, and for John Skelton, Fordham is a long way from NFL. The losing season and the disastrous play took a toll on the players, the fans, and the front office. And Arizona realized that they needed to find a long-term answer at quarterback before anything else and went out this offseason and got one. It remains to be seen what kind of quarterback Kevin Kolb will be in the NFL and the sample size of success is extremely small, but Kolb was the guy that the Cardinals had on their radar and he also was the guy that Larry Fitzgerald had targeted as well. Fitz is entering the final year of his deal, he was pretty unhappy with the play of the team last year, and the Cards can’t afford to lose the most popular player the team has. While the trade for Kevin Kolb had a lot to do with improving the position, it also goes hand in hand with the Cardinals trying to keep their best player happy.
Bringing in Larry Fitzgerald’s workout partner certainly can’t hurt the latter. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley to talk about the Cardinals trading for Kevin Kolb, whether or not Kolb was worth his contract, who he thinks was the best quarterback for the Cardinals to target this offseason, and talks about the possibility of his son playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
What he thinks of the Cardinals trade for Kevin Kolb:
“I think for the Cardinals it’s a good move. They obviously need a quarterback. Last year was a nightmare for them when you go through the musical chairs of four quarterbacks and Derek Anderson kinda falling on his face. It was really, for me personally, it was tough to watch my son go through that season. I’ve never seen him have to dive for balls, balls flying over his head, balls underthrown, and I could sense the frustration that he was going through. He’s very disciplined and a terrific talent so he got through it. They needed a quarterback and I think they probably paid a little bit too much to get Kevin Kolb. I think they sent the signs out there that they wanted him and once Philadelphia had that meat on the hook they made them pay.”
On Kolb’s contract:
“The numbers, and as we know numbers can sometimes lie, 63 million is the number but we both know he’s not gonna see all that. We probably see 22 or close to 30 million of it and it depends on his production. If he’s able to have success in the system in Arizona, I’ve seen some flashes of him, I think he can play the position, be a solid quarterback, and he was an early second round pick that has had time to apprentice but I was just kinda surprised that he got that number financially when in my view he hasn’t done enough to get that kind of contract.”
Who he thinks the Cardinals should have targeted this offseason:
“They’ve got the one that I think will best fit working with Larry because Larry has worked out with Kolb and he’s been very positive about it. I’ve met Kolb and talked to him and I think he can be very successful in Arizona. As far as Kyle Orton, he’s been successful but for some reason wasn’t particularly high on him as he is on Kolb. I think he let it be known that he thought Kolb was the better of the two and I think Cardinals management agreed with that.”
On the possibility of his son going to the Vikings:
“No. The Vikings are clearing cap space I have heard that but Larry has to make that decision. This is his life and he has always wanted to be a Viking because he is a Viking. He was a ball boy and that type of thing. He loves playing in Arizona, he’s valued in that community, and he’s a Cardinal. (Host: He always wanted to be a Viking.) Yeah but the Cardinals would have to fall on their face. (Host: If I connect the dots, he’s going to be a Viking.) Well yeah he always wanted to be a Viking growing up. He got drafted by a Viking. Dennis Green left Minnesota and went to Arizona.”