After being criticized by Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly following Friday night’s preseason game, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb responded Saturday with comments to the team’s official site.
Kelly created a stir when he said Friday night, following a game in which Kolb went 3 for 6 and was sacked three times, once for a safety: “He is skittish. He is scared back there.”
Kelly added, “Any time anybody gets close to him, he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman, you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us, and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”
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Kolb, who is competing for the starting job with John Skelton with one preseason game remaining, took issue with those comments.
“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said, according to AZCardinals.com. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes (Kelly).
“There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”
The Cardinals and Raiders do not play in the regular season.