|"In all this green, I'm like a Kolb salad!"|
Decent size (6'3" 220) and good mobility for the WCO system... Kolb can throw on the move with accuracy, but also has good pocket presence... Has shown excellent leadership skills in the past when he took over his Houston team as a true freshman and helped put their football program back on the map... He put up insane college stats, but it was a weird system... His accuracy, mobility, and intelligence with the ball made him a pro prospect... He can create plays and improvise a la Favre or Rodgers, though obviously not on that level at this point... Since coming in the league, Kolb has been learning the ropes under Andy Reid, the best quarterback coach in the NFL, save for maybe his mentor Mike Holmgren... Kolb does not appear to shrink in big games, in fact, the two biggest games of his career were against the Falcons last year and the Saints the year prior.,,
Does not have great deep accuracy... Has had problems with interceptions in the NFL, posting a 7/7 TD/INT ratio last year... Lost his starting job after minor injury, albeit to a phenom in Michael Vick... I've seen a number of his passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, which is probably tied more to release point than height...
Easily the most important thing to consider with Pete Carroll is a player's fit within his system. I think that Kolb fits... he is an accurate passer who is smart with the ball, has enough mobility to make a little out of nothing or a lot out of a little, and he doesn't appear to force things on the field. He can make every throw (not true of either Hasselbeck or Whitehurst) and is clearly very coachable based on his development into Andry Reid's WCO from the pure spread offense he played in college. It makes a lot of sense for the Seahawks brass to be interested in him.
There are obviously questions: can he take care of the ball? Will he take the next step when named full time starter for a team? Did he lose confidence after being benched in 2010? (Worth noting is that he remained a great teammate by all accounts.) Any time a player is primarily upside, there is a large amount of risk involved in acquiring said player, especially when that means foregoing future draft picks on a team with major needs.