Kolb brings NFL record to the desert

The Cardinals used three starting quarterbacks last season and haven’t had one QB start every game in a season since Kurt Warner did it for them in 2008.

They hope that their trade for Kevin Kolb brings more stability at the position, though Kolb has only seven career starts and has never started more than three games in a row.

Kevin Kolb

KolbBut he does bring a pair of impressive performances in 2009 with him. In his first two career starts, Kolb threw for 391 and then 327 yards -- the most yards in his first two starts by any quarterback in league history.

Kolb blows away the second-place finisher on that list. Elias tells us that Todd Marinovich is next up, throwing for 638 yards in his first two starts over the 1991 and 1992 seasons. That still puts him 80 yards behind Kolb.

Of course big yardage in the first two starts isn’t necessarily a precursor to success. The next two behind Marinovich are Jeff Blake and Aaron Brooks.

Kevin Kolb vs 5+ Pass Rushers

The Cardinals ranked 31st in completion percentage and last in passer rating against an added pass rush (five or more pass rushers) in 2010. Those are two areas in which Kevin Kolb has shown steady improvement over the past three seasons.

In his NFL career, Kolb has been at his best in the first quarter: a 64.2 completion percentage, 8.0 yards per attempts, 3 TD, 0 interceptions and a 107.7 rating. His rating drops every quarter after that: to 87.1, 59.8 and 52.3.

One area where he’s shown a strength – even in a small sample – is in play-action passing. He’s completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 10.8 yards per attempt in play-action. He holds a 104.5 rating on those plays.

The Kolb trade also shines the light on just how little NFL production the QB draft class of 2007 has posted in its four years in the league.

Let’s take a look by the numbers at the 2007 QB draft class, a class that saw 11 QBs drafted:

0 – With a winning record

1 – With double-digit wins (Trent Edwards)

2 – Who do NOT have a losing record (Drew Stanton, 2-2 and Troy Smith, 4-4)

3 – Who never started a game in the NFL (Isaiah Stanback, Jeff Rowe and Jordan Palmer)

7 – Career starts by Kolb, the first QB drafted in the second round in 2007

10 – Combined wins by the two QB drafted in the first round: JaMarcus Russell (7-18) and Brady Quinn (3-9)