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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Kevin Kolb gets some slack for rough start

By Mike Sando

Quarterback Kevin Kolb could have played better during his brief 2012 exhibition debut for the Arizona Cardinals.

In taking a closer look at the Hall of Fame Game from Sunday, however, it's clear coach Ken Whisenhunt was right about protection problems putting Kolb in tough situations.

Right guard Adam Snyder appeared to have trouble in particular.

A quick review of the four pass plays featuring Kolb behind center:
The net effect was a negative one for Kolb. He suffered another injury and wasn't able to help his cause in competition with John Skelton for the starting job. But in looking closely at what went wrong, we see shared blame for what happened.

Snyder's performance will be important for the Cardinals this season. The team signed him from San Francisco to a five-year deal averaging $3.5 million per season. For all the scrutiny left tackle Levi Brown has attracted, the Cardinals' biggest question marks on the line originate on the right side.