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Whisenhunt is keeping his quarterback a secret

John Skelton,  Calais Campbell AP

The 2011 Arizona Cardinals are one of the great fourth quarter comeback teams of all time. Really.

They have six fourth quarter comebacks in seven wins this year. Only one team in NFL history has more late comebacks. After a 1-6 start, the Cardinals are still alive in the playoff race at 7-7.

Second-year quarterback John Skelton has been at the helm for five of those wins. That’s why there is a legitimate quarterback controversy in Arizona this week.

Do the Cardinals play big money franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb, who is now apparently recovered from his latest injury? Or do they roll with Skelton? Coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t saying yet, but the fans want Skelton.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Kolb said. “All I can do is come to work every day, work, and do my best to prove I need to be out there.”

Larry Fitzgerald wonders why Skeltonmania hasn’t caught on nationwide.

“Tebow gets all the love. Skelton gets no [love],” Fitzgerald said with a smile, via the team’s website. “John has done a terrific job. He finds a way to get it done. In the huddle it’s like sitting in there like a two-time Super Bowl champion.”

Whisenhunt said Thursday was a key day to evaluate Kolb and decide who gets more snaps in practice. The two men split work on Wednesday. Both had press conferences.

It’s remarkable we’re even having this debate. It’s even more remarkable that Skelton seems like the better choice.

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27 Responses to “Whisenhunt is keeping his quarterback a secret”
  1. hansenbrothers says: Dec 22, 2011 9:35 AM

    here’s the real secret: they are both terrible quarterbacks

  2. jags880 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:38 AM

    Tebow who? The 4th quarter is Skelton Time!

  3. laeaglefan says: Dec 22, 2011 9:48 AM

    Kolb’s ego may be bruised, having lost his starting job yet again….but his bank account is fat and happy. Just take the money and do a nice job with that clipboard, Kev.

  4. rdawg911 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:51 AM

    This is an uncomfortable situation for a franchise, but there is no doubt you should go with the hot hand over the big money quarterback. Why mess with a good thing, go with Skelton.

  5. nesportsfan0428 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:51 AM

    Skelton’s success is that he’s not afraid to throw the deep ball, and it doesn’t hurt that he has Fitzgerald on his team.

    Too many young QB’s are afraid to throw the deep ball and turn into Captain Checkdown.

  6. ticalcaldwell says: Dec 22, 2011 9:55 AM

    Skelton is 4-1…..as a Bengals fan…we all know who is playing……your sooo tricky though wisenhunt

  7. DubZ480 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:07 AM

    Whenever a coach is “keeping his QB a Secret” that would infer the “starter” is getting benched.

    Get ready fro more Skeltonmania!

  8. metalhead65 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:08 AM

    it must kill guys like you who hate tebow that he gets all the pub but here is the reason. America loves the underdog and tebow is the biggest one out there. from the coach and gm who never wanted him and writers like you who said he could never start in the nfl and the fact he is just an all round great guy makes people want him to succeed.this guy was 4th string to start the year and whether you want to admit it or not he is the reason the broncos turned their season around. it was the same team with the same defense that was 1-5 before he took over and they started winning. he has gotten better every week which you people refuse to admit and he still gets no love from his gm. as for skelton nice story but he plays for a team that sucks and nobody cares about. not my fault the cards paid to much for kolb and he can’t beat skelton out. I do not recall the the enormous punding in the press he has taken about he will never be a nfl qb or even play in the league.

  9. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:10 AM

    Tim Tebow, thats who. jags880. Don’t forget it. Timothy R. Tebow.

  10. souldogdave says: Dec 22, 2011 10:14 AM

    They will play whomever Fitz wants them to.

  11. jep2224 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:17 AM

    What’s the point? It’s not like their playing for playoff spot or anything like that.

  12. joetoronto says: Dec 22, 2011 10:27 AM

    Oh man, he’s not saying. Skelton or Kolb, wow.

    Now what?

  13. stevo8drum says: Dec 22, 2011 10:32 AM

    And the best part is we still have your 2nd round pick… Muwahahahahahahah.

  14. joecb91 says: Dec 22, 2011 10:37 AM

    Again, Fitz gets basically the same amount of catches and yards with Kolb and Skelton when they play.

  15. fumblenuts says: Dec 22, 2011 10:39 AM

    “Larry Fitzgerald wonders why Skeltonmania hasn’t caught on nationwide.”

    The writing is on the wall which one Fitz wants throwing him the ball.

  16. thehighhat says: Dec 22, 2011 10:47 AM

    The reason Skeltonmania has not caught on, IMHO, it that the D and PP’s punt returns have overshadowed the O.

    As a Niner fan, I think it’s great that the NFC West is becoming division with 3 teams with good to great defenses.

  17. rajbais says: Dec 22, 2011 10:58 AM

    Start Skelton!!! Start Skelton!!! Start Skelton!!! Start Skelton!!!

    Man! Everyone on PFT Planet should chant this with the “We Will Rock You” drum beat playing in the background!!!

  18. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 22, 2011 10:59 AM

    It was well covered here, but BUYER beware of any QB that Reid decides to trade. EVERYONE has been left holding the bag that’s traded for a QB from him.

  19. broncobillie says: Dec 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    Seems like the Warner/Leinhart debate all over again, doesn’t it? Sounds like the scouting department does a great job picking up overlooked, but great quarterbacks. Given the Kurt Warner success story, I’d say ride the Skelton train till it runs off the tracks. You’ll always have a good backup to fall back onto.

  20. cliffordc05 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:59 AM

    Some fans in Seattle were upset that the Seahawks were not more aggressive in their efforts to obtain Kolb last year. Now Arizona is deciding on which quarterback to start, a player for whom they traded a second round draft pick and a starting cornerback and then paid a boatload of money or a fifth round draft pick who was already on their roster.

    Quarterback is a high risk high reward position. It looks silly now but Kolb may still become a very good quarterback. When you think you are close, you have to pull the trigger. Seattle wasn’t close last year (thank Christ).

  21. beardinals says: Dec 22, 2011 12:17 PM

    Skelton is mediocre at best until the end of the game. Kolb had a good second half against Dallas. I think the Cards still need to get a look at Kolb before the season ends. I still believe it’s his job to lose next year.

  22. mannyicey says: Dec 22, 2011 12:27 PM

    It’s bad when it’s almost Christmas and you are going to “Unveil” your secret quarterback.

  23. banvard316 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:33 PM

    @ticalcadwell….I’m glad you know because I am a huge Cardinals fan I have no idea. All we hear here I’m AZ is that Kolb will start when healthy and Skelton is and will be a reliable back up.

  24. ijr213 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:01 PM

    And the Eagles got a 2nd round pick and a top young cover corner for the Cardinals’ soon-to-be-back-up QB.

  25. ijr213 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:04 PM

    thehighhat says: Dec 22, 2011 10:47 AM

    The reason Skeltonmania has not caught on, IMHO, it that the D and PP’s punt returns have overshadowed the O.

    As a Niner fan, I think it’s great that the NFC West is becoming division with 3 teams with good to great defenses.
    _________

    To be fair, that’s the same deal as in Denver, but Tebow’s still getting the praise. To be honest, it’s 100% name recognition.

  26. the1849ers says: Dec 22, 2011 5:09 PM

    Let’s see…

    Option 1. Injured Kolb who never throws to Fitz
    Option 2. Skeletor who throws to Fitz early and often (oh and wins games too)

    They paid way too much for Kolb

  27. joecb91 says: Dec 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    “Let’s see…

    Option 1. Injured Kolb who never throws to Fitz
    Option 2. Skeletor who throws to Fitz early and often (oh and wins games too)

    They paid way too much for Kolb”
    _____________________

    How many times do I need to say this? When Kolb and Skelton play, their per game averages are basically the same in every area to Fitz.

    He has 26 catches for 476 and 4 TDs in 6 games with Skelton, and he has 38 catches for 658 and 2 TDs in 8 games with Kolb.

    Divide the catches and yards by the number of games they have each played, and it is basically the same thing.

    The only real difference is with the Touchdowns, and part of that was because other people besides Fitz (Beanie, Doucet) were scoring with Kolb out there.

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