The Arizona Cardinals may have an interesting situation on their hands after their victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
High-priced and highly coveted quarterback Kevin Kolb has missed the team’s last two games with what has been deemed turf toe. In his absence, 2nd year quarterback John Skelton has stepped in a won both games. Not only has he won, but he has looked good in doing so.
All of this comes on the heels of a six game losing streak in which Kolb has looked lost at times on the field. Detractors will be quick to say that he didn’t have a full offseason in order to pick up the new offense. While those detractors may be right, by midseason he shouldn’t still be lost in the sauce on the football field.
This was the risk the Cardinals took when they traded away Dominique Rogers-Cromartie for Kolb, and then paid him in excess of $60M. Kolb was an unproven talent; a quarterback that hadn’t seen a lot of time on the field in his first four seasons in the league.
The Cardinals had to do something, though. Derek Anderson was not the answer last season and was released prior to this season. Max Hall didn’t pan out either and was released. There were rumblings that if the Cardinals couldn’t bring in a reliable quarterback, Larry Fitzgerald would jump ship after next season.
In stepped Kolb, and Fitzgerald signed his contract extension keeping him in Arizona for the foreseeable future. The only question now is who will be throwing him the ball, Kolb or Skelton?
While Skelton’s numbers may not pop out at you, he has shown better poise in Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s offensive system than has Kolb. Skelton is also now 4-2 in six starts for the Cardinals over the last two seasons.
Whisenhunt has always maintained that his starting quarterback cannot lose his job due to injury. This may be a policy that he will need to rethink. For a team that is trying to right their season after the six game losing streak, he may need to seriously think about choosing the hot hand.
Kevin Kolb may eventually pan out and be the quarterback the Cardinals thought he could be when they traded for him. It may just take the rest of this season and a true offseason for him to pick up the offense. He could also turn out to be what Philadelphia ultimately decided he was: a career backup.
In a very Tebowriffic way Sunday, the Broncos pulled out a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the victory, the Broncos passed the ball a whopping 8 times, completing an impressive 2 of those passes.
Supposedly, cameras caught New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belicheck saying “S__ my d___” after the game in regards to the Jets defense. He must have temporarily forgotten that Rex Ryan has a foot fetish.
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