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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.

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24 Responses to “Cardinals G.M. leaves door open for quarterback change”
  1. upperdecker19 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    How about Vince Young and Juan Castillo for another 2nd round pick?

    Regards,
    Andy Reid

  2. whatnojets says: Feb 17, 2012 11:03 AM

    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.

  3. kilo0986 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    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

  4. Soulman45 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:11 AM

    He will never be a Stafford and pas for 5,000 yards.

  5. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 17, 2012 11:22 AM

    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.

  6. haileli says: Feb 17, 2012 11:26 AM

    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.”

  7. fthrvic says: Feb 17, 2012 11:27 AM

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

  8. greatdanton77 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    Will the original Matt Flynn please stand up?

  9. trbowman says: Feb 17, 2012 11:38 AM

    A QB competition should include Rich Bartel, who’d win the starting job in a fair fight. I have no doubt of that.

  10. mikeyfresh25 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:56 AM

    I think hes made 20 mil between the eagles and cards….

  11. e23r0 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:58 AM

    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!

  12. trbowman says: Feb 17, 2012 12:23 PM

    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.

  13. sourcewithknowledgeofthesituation says: Feb 17, 2012 12:57 PM

    He’s their starting QB. Just ask Andy Reid.

  14. realitypolice says: Feb 17, 2012 1:33 PM

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

    ==================

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

  15. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    I like the guy who comments that Kolb is “no Stafford”. Good stuff. Thanks for that. Maybe we should make a list of who else he is not and who he actually is.

    I hate the internet.

  16. ramitbaby says: Feb 17, 2012 2:04 PM

    Kolb may stay in Arizona but he’ll be holding the clipboard behind Skelton.

  17. chowface86 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:56 PM

    I think Larry Fitz. has a bed and breakfast date planned with Brett Favre?

  18. ebeg420 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:14 PM

    I wonder if Arizona would consider trading Fitz for DRC?

  19. rushbacker says: Feb 17, 2012 3:32 PM

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

    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. . .

  20. phreakin says: Feb 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    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.

  21. phreakin says: Feb 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    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.

  22. phreakin says: Feb 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    kilo0986 that’s not true and hasn’t been reported anywhere. Not to mention it would be tampering.

  23. snowpea84 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    Would anyone in the world not take Manning for a season or two over Kolb for three or 4?

  24. cornersss says: Feb 20, 2012 6:15 AM

    “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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