Kolb likely to keep starting at quarterback

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Coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't likely to formally announce that Kevin Kolb is the team's new regular-starting quarterback. Whisenhunt is usually reluctant to do such things, preferring to keep opponents guessing.

But no one expects John Skelton to start against the Dolphins this Sunday if he has recovered from an ankle injury.

The team is 3-0 for the first time since 1974, and Kolb has played at least competently in each game.

He was better than that Sunday against the Eagles. He completed 17 of 24 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Just as importantly, he didn't commit a turnover and he was sacked just twice.

Kolb did a better job of deciding when to stay in the pocket and when to leave, and he seems more comfortable in the offense.

He has played much better than he did in the preseason, perhaps because the Cardinals don't game plan for opponents in those games.

"I think when you game-plan a team, and you understand what you're looking for, it helps you focus down the field and be comfortable," Kolb said. "And you work all week on those certain things."

The offensive line has played better than expected, especially in pass protection. Left tackle D'Anthony Batiste hasn't been great but he's been adequate. Right tackle Bobby Massie, a rookie, has shown the steady improvement the Cardinals had hoped to get from him.

"Our offensive line deserves a lot of credit," Kolb said. "They've been playing their tails off. I feel like, if they're battling, I'm going to stand there and battle there for them."

The Cardinals have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

They have a dominant defense, and coaches appear content to design an offensive game plan that reflects that. They don't take a ton of chances, and they plan to continue to emphasize the running game, although it's not producing a lot.

The idea is not to take unnecessary chances and to rely upon the defense to do its job. A punt is not a bad play.

"We don't like it," Kolb said. "It's never been in my game, but to have that kind of mentality, sometimes it is O.K., especially when you're defense is playing so good."

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