Kevin Kolb’s return looked so much better in the second half and overtime against the Cowboys, completing 9-of-14 attempts for 243 yards and a touchdown in that time.
Perhaps more important for the quarterback, though, was the rally factor.
The Cardinals had had a few chances to put together a fourth-quarter scoring drive earlier in the season to take a lead and win a game with Kolb behind center, but couldn’t complete the deal. That changed with overtime, when the Cards took the opening kick and never let the Cowboys have the ball on an 80-yard touchdown drive.
“Anytime you come back and win a game like that, it means a lot for morale and just to know you can do it,” Kolb said.
Kolb completed all three passes he attempted in overtime, including the screen to running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on which he used some nifty footwork to avoid pass rusher Anthony Spencer.
“It’s good for the team to know Kevin is in there and he can pull out the same thing as (John) Skelton has been doing,” Stephens-Howling said. “It would be nice to blow somebody out, but tight games, it feels good.”
Coach Ken Whisenhunt called Kolb’s play down the stretch “progress” and wide receiver
“I’ll take a late rally with (a reporter) at quarterback,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think it really matters who is back there (at QB), who is running, who is catching. If we are winning ballgames, we can move forward.”
Whisenhunt said the Cards are “trying to find out” what role tight end
“As far as being able to target plays, design plays, put him in situations where you try to get matchups with him, we haven’t been able to do that because he hasn’t been on the field,” Whisenhunt said.
Heap is frustrated, as expected. He spent as much time answering questions about the Arizona State coaching situation – Heap was a Sun Devil – as he did about his own situation.
“My main focus is doing whatever I can to get back in there and help us win,” Heap said. “That’s all I can worry about. … I do have a lot more confidence in it than I did at this time last week. That’s a positive and I’m looking for any of those right now.”
Heap was limited Wednesday.
SOME FREEDOM AT FREE SAFETY
Whisenhunt said while safety
“Kerry was playing well,” Whisenhunt said. “The reason we didn’t (put him on injured reserve) was because of that. A lot of times when that happens, you find out about other guys. Richard stepped up, and so did Rashad. That gives you a little bit more versatility when Kerry does come back.”