TEMPE, ARIZ When the Cardinals name a starting quarterback each week, its wise to take the announcements with a grain of salt. As weve learned in the three seasons since Kurt Warner retired, each successive QB comprises no more than a grain in the ever-mounting pillar of failed replacements.
When coach Ken Whisenhunt handed the baton to recently signed Brian Hoyer for Sundays season finale in San Francisco, he insisted he wasnt just spinning the chamber in his season-long game of QB roulette.
I wouldnt put him in there just to play him and see what he is. This isnt a tryout, Whisenhunt said. I think he merited that based on the way he played in the game last weekend (against the Bears). It is an opportunity to see how he handles that with a week of practice.
There are two ways to view Whisenhunts comments. Hes either being kind to Hoyer, who was out of work for most of this season, or its an admission of how bad the two previous guys, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, were this sea...