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.