Inside The Bills

Kolb has performed when given the chance

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 10, 2013 – 9:15 pm

The Bills newest quarterback has had a well-publicized series of injuries that kept him off the field in both of his previous NFL stops, the Eagles and the Cardinals.

But Kevin Kolb can play the position, according to an Arizona observer who watched him play.

Western New York native Ron Wolfley is the Cardinals radio color man. The former Orchard Park star played in the league as a fullback for the Cardinals. Wolfley was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night and he says Kolb has all the tools necessary for success in the league.

“He is an NFL quarterback, don’t get me wrong,” Wolfley said. “The Cardinals gave him all that money because they believe they were going to build their franchise around him. When he’s had the opportunity to play, he has performed.”

But Wolfley said Kolb has been haunted by two issues, one of them his injuries. The other, according to Wolfley, was the inability to compete at a high level when challenged for playing time. He cited Arizona’s decision to start John Skelton comming out of training camp last summer.

“Every time he’s had to compete for a job, Kevin Kolb just hasn’t played well,” Wolfley said. “When he had to compete with John Skelton for a starting job last year in training camp, all of us, even the Arizona Cardinals coaches, believed that Kevin Kolb was going to win that job in training camp, and he played horribly. It was just a frying pan in the face, how bad he played. They couldn’t give the job to Kevin Kolb coming out of training camp last year.”

“Every time he knows that the job is his, he’s performed very, very well,” Wolfley told host John Murphy. “He can make all the throws. He’s an NFL quarterback. I’m sorry it didn’t work out here for Kevin Kolb because I have a lot of respect for him.”

The entire interview with Ron Wolfley is available at

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