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Arizona's Kolb says he's fine, ready to face Bills

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

Tight ends Todd Heap and Jim Drey also were limited. Their return would double the number of tight ends available to help with the blocking, especially on the edge where tackles D'Anthony Batiste and Bobby Massie have struggled so much.

Keeping tight ends in to help protect Arizona's quarterback is an option, although like anything else, a team can't rely on it too much. The same, Kolb said, goes for a three-step drop.

The sack issues, Kolb said, are the responsibility of the entire team.

"Obviously, the line, they get blamed for it," he said. "It's on me. It's on communication from the very beginning, which has been good most of the time, from backs, the tight ends. It's a team effort, and unfortunately the offensive line, they take the brunt of that whenever we have games like that."

Whisenhunt said improvement on the line can come with scheming the opposition and get better play from the linemen.

"A little bit of both," he said. "I think that there is only so much you can do when you're down and you're trying to catch up. You have to spread it out and throw it, and that's where we've given up some of those sacks.

"There's no question we've got to do a better job in our protection schemes and we've got to do a better job in our techniques. That's what we've been working on and we worked on it some today."

Despite all those issues, the Cardinals are, after all, 4-1 and tied with San Francisco for first in the greatly improved NFC West. They haven't been 5-1 in 36 years.

Kolb knows that the offense has to get it going against a Buffalo team that has been outscored 90-17 in the last six quarters.

The Cardinals didn't add a running back after Williams went down, choosing to get by with what they have — the trio of Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith.

The versatile but small Stephens-Howling stepped out of his situational duties to become the No. 1 back when Wells was sidelined in last season's finale against Seattle. He gained 93 yards in 23 carries, both career highs, in Arizona's 23-20 overtime victory.


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