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Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:38 pm
K. Kolb was trying to call out Philadelphia's signals to his Arizona teammates (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though Kevin Kolb wasn’t on the field helping his team to a big win against his former Eagles squad last week -- apparently, John Skelton was exactly what Arizona needed -- he still tried to help out as best he could by calling out the plays Philadelphia ran on its final drive.

"During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty," Kolb said. "Mike (Vick) is sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, 'Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.'"

In the end, Kolb said his screaming probably didn’t have much of an impact on Arizona’s defense, and a day later, Eagles offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg said Kolb was absolutely correct.

"That’s a story you can always anticipate, an ex-player that's on another ballclub and who’s injured and wants so badly to be a part of a win," Mornhinweg said, via "In the two-minute (offense) we only called two plays on the line. Completed the third down and then dropped a big one."

Mornhinweg also said he went back to review the film to see if Kolb had any discernible effect on the Cardinals defense, and he found nothing (though as the website points out, how would he know, since Arizona DID stop the Eagles on that drive?).

"It’s clear on film,” Mornhinweg said. “Also I think that stuff's sort of overrated. Just put yourself in a corner's position, and some guy on the sideline’s yelling at you something. You've got to trust yourself."

But if you also know you’ve got a former quarterback of the opponent you’re playing yelling about the plays that are being called, it also isn’t a bad idea to listen up either. You might just help your team stuff the offense and win the game. Which Mornhinweg said didn’t happen. But it could have.

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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:20 pm

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

I think it could definitely help. Guys in the NFL should be able to pick out what's going on in the play and If someone is calling them on the sideline correctly, you would probably catch on. The CBs may not have gone head first into believing him or completely sold out their responsibilities, but I'm sure that they would be able to keep it on their mind as a tip in case they recognized that the play was happening.

Much like how a DB watches tape to see tendencies of opposing QBs before they throw, I would bet CB could take a play call, realize if the play call was right, and then get a step-quicker jump on stopping the play. As the cliche goes, the NFL is a game of inches and if you have the slightest reason to think you know the play, most DBs are going to try to take advantage.

Morninweg completely dismissing it as "overrated" is ridiculous in my mind for a coach to say. ANY advantage is helpful in the NFL and I would not want a coach who dismisses any knowledge of an opposing team as "overrated."

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:50 am

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

Perfect Lumpco!!!

Yea Marty it never happened.  RIGHT!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:00 pm

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

Face it! Marty will never admit to being inept no matter what! I fondly remember his days with the 49ers. He and Mike McCarthy were so inept as OC's that they made Jimmy Raye, Mike Singletary and Tom Walsh look like the second coming of the late great Bill Walsh.

Marty...I remember when you failed as head coach with the Lions. With talk like that you might just have landed a job with the Redskins next year! Or maybe the Chargers. Or maybe the Eagles when Lurie fires Andy Reid. 

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:41 pm

Mornhinweg says Kolb had no impact on Eagles

The Dream Team could never have fallen prey to such things. That's why they are 9-0 and on their way to the Super Bowl.

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