Originally posted on Cuzoogle  |  Last updated 9/6/12

John Skelton has won the race to begin the new NFL season as the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback.

The decision by head coach Ken Wisenhunt means last year’s first choice Kevin Klob will start the season from the bench – as many NFL rumours websites had predicted, allowing Skelton the chance to establish himself in the Cardinals team when they take on the Seattle Seahawks in the opening game of the year.

Skelton impressed when given the opportunity last season, finishing with a 5-2 record from his seven starts, throwing 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. The 2010 fifth-round pick will now be able to focus on preparing himself for the opening game of the new season.

“It’s kind of a weight off my shoulders in a sense because finally the speculating and the waiting are over,” Skelton admitted to NFL news reporters.

“At the same time, there is another weight placed on them.”

Kolb will now have to wait for his chance and take it when it comes. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback struggled with a string of injuries last season but did enough to earn himself a new long-term deal with the Cardinals. His new contract proves Kolb has a future in Arizona, but the 28-year old will have to fight his way past his younger rival.

The fact still remains, however, that neither Skelton nor Kolb look capable of finally ending the Cardinals search for a genuine replacement for Kurt Warner. The fans will need convincing that there is a quarterback in the squad who will be able to lead this Arizona side to where it wants to be. Skelton now has that chance. It remains to be seen whether or not the 24-year old can take it.

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