TORONTO - When Arizona traded for quarterback Kevin Kolb, the hope was he would mesh with Larry Fitzgerald the way Kurt Warner did.
Itís early, but the Kolb-Fitzgerald duo is starting to look promising. The pair hooked up for an 80-yard TD the other day, off a no-huddle play no less. It was the longest catch of Fitzgeraldís career. Kolb had overthrown him on an earlier long play.
Interestingly, though Fitzgerald is arguably the best wide receiver in the business and Kolb is still unproven, the QB has been given the better odds of winning MVP.
Though thatís likely because quarterbacks win the award far more often than receivers, many were still surprised when they saw the odds.
Cards rookie freakin' 'em out
Though all the pundits were raving about Patrick Peterson, cornerbacks usually get the cold shoulder come draft time.
Peterson slipped to fifth overall, where Arizona happily snapped him up and he is starting to show why he got all that good press.
The Cardinals dealt away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, no slouch himself, but might not take a step back at the position thanks to Peterson.
The dynamic rookie played a lot on Saturday when Greg Toler got injured and responded with a 34-yard interception return for a TD.
That prompted San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers to ask Peterson: ďWhere the freak did you come from?Ē when the pair crossed paths during a timeout.
Peterson also had a nice punt return and, if he keeps that up, the comparisons to Deion Sanders that have been thrown around for months will only intensify.
The Cardinals are bringing Peterson along slowly, but he doesnít seem to mind.
ďThis game is definitely different,Ē Peterson told arizonasports.com.
ďYou kind of have to spoon-feed the rookies, and you appreciate what the coaches are doing. Iím not frustrated at all.Ē
The injury to Toler could open the door to more early action.
Rough stuff, right stuff
Ndamukong Suh keeps telling us he competes hard but isnít a dirty player.
His actions on the feel sometimes indicate otherwise.
Suh got called multiple times for overdoing it as a rookie last season and took more heat for a hard hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton recently.
The Detroit Lions star defensive tackle threw a punch at New Englandís Logan Mankins on Saturday, the same night he told a CBS reporter: ďItís all about fear. Itís about having quarterbacks fear us. Offensive lineman fear us every single game we step in to.Ē
Suh and his defensive mates caused Tom Brady and the Patriots all kinds of trouble and itís possible Mankins was trying to get under the big manís skin.
The reigning defensive rookie of the year has proven heís one of the NFLís most devastating defenders, but he might want to tone it down a bit if he wants to stay on the field.
Suh has said he plays the way he was taught and wonít be changing.
He was not flagged on the play and the punch missed Mankins.
Briggs bearly surviving
Lance Briggs is the latest player unhappy with his contract.
Briggs, the Chicago Bears linebacker who inked a six-year, $36-million US deal in 2008, wants to renegotiate.
He said heíd never play for the Bears again back in 2007 when they gave him a one-year $7.2- million franchise offer.
Briggs told the Chicago Tribune that he has let the team know he is open to being traded, apparently because of the money linebackers have been getting of late.
Briggs, 30, currently is out with a bruised knee, but he probably isnít rushing to get back in the lineup. The six-time Pro Bowler is slated to make $3.65 million this season.
He is in a similar situation to San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who also is unhappy. Older players donít have a lot of leverage, no matter how good they are, and both Briggs and Gore might have to swallow their pride when their teams canít find a match via trade.
Briggs has shown in the past that he doesnít swallow his pride easily, so this one could get ugly.
The 49ers had interest in Briggs in the past, but the Bears complained to the league about their pursuit and retained the linebacker.
Tebow clawing his way back
Tim Tebow was not brilliant on Saturday night, but probably helped his cause as he attempts to claim the backup quarterbacking gig in Denver.
The former college phenom, battling with Brady Quinn to be Kyle Ortonís understudy, struggled at times against Seattle, but marched the team down the field late, setting up a game-winning field goal.
Orton has the starting job locked up ó he was strong again on Saturday ó but Tebow, left for dead last week, might have regained a leg up on Quinn, who didnít play.
Tebow fumbled twice and was sacked three times, but made some good plays to escape from pressure, rushing for 24 yards while passing for 93.
It is pretty clear, given the mistakes, that Tebow isnít ready for prime time yet, but he appears to be progressing. Whether thatís enough to beat out Quinn, who has yet to be sacked in the pre-season remains in question. Quinn has passed for 250 yards, gained nothing on the ground and thrown two touchdowns to one interception in two games, completing 60% of his passes.
Tebow has passed for 194 yards in three games, completing 65% of his passes with no touchdowns or interceptions but has been sacked five times and fumbled twice.
Quinn has yet to fumble and has a 95.1 rating to Tebowís 96.7.