Boobirds target Kolb at Cardinals Fan Fest

Whatever goodwill

the Arizona Cardinals established with their fans via last year’s 7-2 finish

apparently hasn’t carried over to quarterback Kevin Kolb. The Cards’ $65 million

man, who played just one of those final nine games (an overtime win over

the Cowboys), was booed Wednesday night during a practice at University

of Phoenix Stadium that doubled as the team’s annual “Fan

Fest.”

This is the confirmation from Darren Urban of

AZCardinals.com following multiple tweets from some of the approximately

15,000 people in attendance:

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Kolb was not very good last season;

this is not a matter of much debate. He finished the year with a 2-6

record, a completion percentage of 57.7, nine touchdowns, eight

interceptions and a quarterback rating of 81.1 that put him 17th in the

NFL, smack dab in the middle of the league’s 34 qualifying

quarterbacks.

There were clearly some mitigating

circumstances, though. After being acquired right after the lockout

ended in late July, he didn’t have the benefit of offseason workouts or a

full training camp, then suffered a foot injury against the Ravens in

Week 8 that caused him to miss four games before a concussion on the

first play against the 49ers in Week 14 knocked him out for the rest of

the year.

That does not represent a meaningful sample

size, and the timing of those injuries made John Skelton the

beneficiary of the Cards’ defensive turnaround. With Skelton at the helm

for eight of the last nine games — excluding Kolb’s win over the

Cowboys in Week 13 — the Cards produced 20.75 points per game and went

6-2 (despite Skelton posting an awful 68.9 percent passer rating that

put him 32nd in the league). In Kolb’s outings, they scored 20.25 points

and went 2-6. It should be obvious that the win-loss swing in the

second half had far less to do with the offense than it did the defense,

which allowed 24.5 points in Kolb’s outings and 19 in Skelton’s. Give

the opponent 19 points in each of Kolb’s games and he’d have gone …

drumroll … 6-2.

That said, booing him based on

eight decent-but-not-very-successful games in his first year as a

full-time starter — in a new system and with no offseason to prepare —

doesn’t make any sense, nor does booing him during practice when he

more than likely represents the franchise’s hopes for any semblance of

success in the near future. And if he’s not being booed for his eight

games’ worth of play, it means he’s being booed for his injuries, which

is just plain classless.

Give the guy an offseason to

learn the playbook, get a grasp of the offense and get acclimated with

his receivers. If he’s no better this year, the boos will be justified

(he did just get a $7 million bonus); right now, they’re

petulant.