Quarterback Kevin Kolb admitted it will be difficult to take time off during the bye weekend.
Technology gave Kevin Kolb no chance.
With an iPad already filled with Steelers video and cutups, the thought the Cardinals quarterback could try and get away from football – especially after a difficult start not only for the team, but personally – for four days is unlikely.
Then again, it was probably unlikely anyway.
"I try to (get away) and get some peace and quiet, but my mind races a little too fast for that," Kolb said Wednesday. "I'm determined. I'm sure it will pop up but we are going to do our best to make sure we forget about it for a couple of days."
Given Kolb's thirst to play well – which he has not of late – getting away seems hard for him to do. In his last two games, Kolb is 41-of-76 for 469 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, a 53.9 completion percentage, eight sacks and a 56.3 passer rating.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kolb continues to work hard on all elements of his game – specifically mentioning footwork and staying in the pocket – and insisted if that continues, "I am sure it will translate into being more efficient offensively." Whisenhunt added that he wants to see the pass catchers be more consistent as well, which would help Kolb.
Already a leader, Kolb acknowledged improved leadership begins with better play. When talking about the Cards' current slump, Kolb emphasized "the finger points right here first."
So even with a long weekend, the time to relax isn't now. Even Kolb's wife gets that.
"She knows it's a pretty important time," Kolb said. "I've known her since I was 14. You know how serious high school football is in Texas. I was probably doing the same thing when I came home Wednesdays and Thursdays in high school."
PRAISING A PRO
Whisenhunt was happy with the fill-in play at left guard of D'Anthony Batiste, who had to come in Sunday when starter Daryn Colledge left with a concussion.
"When you talk about being a pro in this business, in the NFL, what it requires is guys who don't get a lot of reps being forced into a situation and (still) being successful," Whisenhunt said. "That's what being an NFL player is all about. D'Anthony didn't get a lot of reps there, we threw him in there and he did a good job. I am impressed with that. It always make you feel better when you have guys step up and do that."
Colledge is expected to return next week as the Cardinals prepare to play the Steelers.
After his postgame comment about details was discussed and analyzed a couple of times earlier in the week, Kolb tried to clarify his intent.
"I'm not saying guys were late to meetings," he said. "I just I just meant when you are in situations like this, the only way you get better is you tighten things up, not your emotions, not your play. You just tighten up all the little details it comes with.
" 'OK, maybe I need to go over my script one more time before practice. OK, maybe I need to go over these third down plays three or four more times on Friday and Saturday.' Those types of things. I just didn't say it right. I think people know me well enough to know that I wouldn't point the finger at anybody else. I definitely didn't mean for it to come out that way."