Cardinals G.M. leaves door open for quarterback change

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Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves spoke about Kevin Kolb’s future on Thursday. Let’s see what he had to say, and then offer up a few interpretations.

“There’s no reason to think at this particular point that we wouldn’t proceed with . . . seeing [Kolb’s] contract through, but things change as we go down the road,” Graves said on KTAR via NFL.com.

ESPN.com interpreted that as the Cardinals “expect” to retain Kevin Kolb. NFL.com said that Kolb is “likely” to remain in Arizona.

Both of those translations are true, but here’s another: Graves left the door wide open to change course and go after Peyton Manning.

The Cardinals gave Kolb a contract worthy of a franchise quarterback. That’s what they expected out of him. There was no talk of quarterback competition (with John Skelton) or things changing as “we go down the road” a year ago. Kolb was The Guy.

One year later, Graves admitted that he’s keeping his options open. That’s the sensible approach.

Kolb remains the most likely starting quarterback in Arizona next year, but the team’s commitment level has clearly changed. They are open to other possibilities.

24 responses to “Cardinals G.M. leaves door open for quarterback change

  1. Oh give me a break! Another post that includes “Peyton Manning”!!??!!

    I can’t wait for the next post…….NY Giants considering to make an offer to Peyton Manning once he is released by the Colts.

  2. Manning was supposedly spotted with fitzgerald in Arizona having a 4 hour meeting with the gm yesterday. And the fact that this comes out the next day seems pretty interesting

  3. Wow, here’s another tough decision to make…the GM is open to a better QB than the crap they currently have. I didn’t know Jerry Jones was helping out the Cardinals since any idiot could say that.

  4. So…what Graves is saying is “maybe we’ll keep him. Maybe we won’t.” I’m also curious as to why Manning has any relevance in this article. Are we really going to see his name pop up in any article having to do with teams with QB questions?

    Shakes magic 8 ball. “All signs point to yes.”

  5. @kil00986 Not sure how accurate that report is, Fitz has been tweeting pics from near the Equator for the last few days….

  6. We don’t need Kolb or even Manning when we have Big Red Skelton. He knows how to win and has REAL chemistry with the WR corps. Go Cardinals!

  7. Kolb was better than Skelton in just about every statistical category last year.

    The main reason the Cardinals started winning down the stretch was the D stepped up its game.

    QBs get too much credit when the team is winning often times. Kolb is by far a better player than Skelton is right now.

  8. greatdanton77 says:
    Feb 17, 2012 11:33 AM
    Will the original Matt Flynn please stand up?

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    Please list the one start in Philly where Kolb was anywhere close to what Flynn did in his.

  9. One year later, Graves admitted that he’s keeping his options open. That’s the sensible approach.
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    Nope. The sensible approach would be not giving sixty million dollars to guys like Matt Cassell and Kevin Kolb, who have proven nothing. We’ll see if the league’s learned anything when we see what Flynn gets in free agency. . .

  10. I listened to the interview when it happened and subsequent clips after on KTAR. Rod Graves was FAR MORE firm about them sticking with Kolb during that interview as well as on prior to that one. If you listen to both, they know how much they’ve given up to get Kolb.

    And Michael Bidwell said in an interview on that same station that “the football people and Coach Wiz put all of their faith in Kolb.” You could definitely tell he was saying that if the team gave up all that for Kolb and he didn’t work out, that Wiz, Graves, and others would be looking for a new job.

    No way in hell are they giving up on Kolb and going after Manning. And this is coming from someone who wants them to get Manning at all costs if he’s even 90% healthy.

  11. mikeyfresh25 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:56 AM
    “I think hes made 20 mil between the eagles and cards….”

    He’s been paid the full guaranteed money on his contract already in Arizona. A little over 20 million in the first year and a half or so.

  12. “Manning was supposedly spotted with fitzgerald in Arizona having a 4 hour meeting with the gm yesterday. And the fact that this comes out the next day seems pretty interesting”

    Kind of like how brandon marshal and manning were at a charity event?

    Please….

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