Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 8/22/12

And the hits just keep on comin' for oft-criticized Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb. When he's not being booed by the hometown fans or ripped by the opposition, the 28-year-old even hears it from a former legend.

Speaking to the Arizona Republic, ex-Cardinals QB Kurt Warner criticized Kolb for a lack of improvement, noting he's playing too fast and hesitant to 'pull the trigger.'

"I see the same thing I saw last year," Warner said. "I see a guy who hasn't been able to grasp the system enough to slow the game down, or he doesn't have confidence in what he's seeing. Maybe he understands what the offense is asking him to do, but the game is going too fast, and he's not pulling the trigger."

Warner has watched all the necessary film, and, while he tries to relate to Kolb's struggles, doesn't understand what's preventing him from taking a leap.

"I've been in games when it's hard to get the game to slow down, and it's not a fun place to be," Warner said. "Everything looks like a jumbled mess. Sometimes you're nervous, sometimes you're anxious.

"When I watch him on film, it looks like he's looking in the right spots. But that doesn't mean he's seeing it, or that he's seeing what I'm seeing. But he's looking at it and not letting the ball go. What's causing that?"

While that mystery remains unsolved, Kolb has exposed himself as a player who simply might not be the answer. In his limited appearances this preseason, he's shown awful pocket awareness and a tendency to crumble when sensing a pass rush. His starting job, currently on life support, is one incomplete pass away from being handed to John Skelton, a former fifth-round pick.

Anything still can happen, but, all in all, Kolb is not what you'd call a worthy ($63 million) investment.

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