Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb told 94 WIP-FM radio in Philadelphia on Tuesday he actively shouted out what plays the Eagles planned to run pre-snap last Sunday during their 21-17 triumph in Philly.
Kolb, an Eagle from 2007-10, obviously has an intimate knowledge of Philadelphia’s playbook and offered his knowledge to Arizona last week.
While he wasn’t entirely sure his words made a significant difference, Kolb stated he made a concerted effort to alert his defensive teammates about what was to come from the Eagles:
“It was funny, as they were lining up for the plays, I’d go ‘Hold on, they’re gonna do this.’ And you don’t know if they changed things up or what… but the ones that I was for sure on, I was letting it ring, and I think I helped us out maybe just a little bit here and there,” he said.
Whatever the case, Kolb’s influence appeared to help Arizona to one of its better defensive performances of the season; while the Eagles offered up arguably their biggest offensive clunker to date.
While it’s easy to blame Eagles head coach Andy Reid for not changing the signals and failing to recognize Kolb’s sideline presence as an issue, this is not an uncommon occurrence in the NFL lore.
During Super Bowl XXXVII, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to have the Oakland playbook due to then-Bucs head coach John Gruden’s familiarity with the Raiders offense from his time as their head coach.
Kolb’s admission is just another brick in the spectacular wall of failure constructed by the Eagles.