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Kevin Kolb dismisses idea he's a QB who gets sacked too much

By Tim Graham

Sometimes, quarterbacks get slapped with a label that can doom them.

He gets sacked too much.

Buffalo Bills fans are familiar with Drew Bledsoe and Rob Johnson. Daunte Culpepper and David Carr are two of the more prominent recent examples.

Kevin Kolb insisted he shouldn't be known as one of those guys.

"No, because the label only came from really my stint in Arizona," Kolb said at Monday's introductory news conference at One Bills Drive. "When I was in Philly for however many games I started -- I don't even know -- I can remember going multiple games without maybe getting hit four or five times."

Kolb's sacks have been notable and costly.

Kolb was sacked all three times he tried to throw his rookie season for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007. He won the starting job for Philly in 2010 and suffered a concussion on opening day.

In two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Kolb was sacked 57 times. A concussion ended his season four games early in 2011.

Last year, Kolb suffered one of the more gruesome injuries you'll hear about. Technically, the play wasn't a sack. Kolb tried to run after the play broke down, and multiple ribs detached from his sternum. He went to ground for a 1-yard loss and Bills defenders Chris Kelsay and Alex Carrington flopped on top of him.

Kolb started only 14 games for Arizona. He got sacked 11.6 percent of the time he tried to throw.

That's an alarming number. Carr has been sacked 10.5 percent of the time he has attempted to pass in his career, highest among all active quarterbacks.

Rob Johnson's career number was 14.8 percent. Bledsoe's was 6.5 percent.

"A sack is spread out across the board, obviously," Kolb said. "It is on the quarterback just as much as the offensive line. It's on the offensive line as much as it's on the protection schemes. All together it's a collective group."

Arizona's offensive line has been abysmal. The backfield has been waylaid by injuries. And with no blocking and no running game, it doesn't matter how brilliant a receiver such as Larry Fitzgerald is when defenses don't have to worry about a ground game and the quarterback can't get him the ball.

The Cardinals allowed 113 sacks the past two seasons, most in the NFL over that span. They gave up a league-leading 58 sacks last year. Kolb took 27 of them. The others were spread out among fellow sitting ducks John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer.

The Bills allowed an NFL-low 23 sacks two seasons ago and a respectable 30 last year despite an injury-ravaged offensive line.

"I'm not concerned with it because I know what [the Bills] are doing up there, and I know the talent level up front and I know my mindset," Kolb said. "I think we'll do fine getting the ball out and getting it in our playmakers hands. I'm not worried about that."


Alex Carrington | Chris Kelsay | Drew Bledsoe | Kevin Kolb | Rob Johnson
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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