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Whisenhunt says his quarterbacks are “knuckleheads” at times

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It’s important for a coach and G.M. to be on the same page.  When it comes to the quarterback position for the Cardinals, they apparently are.

Rod Graves recently hinted that quarterback Kevin Kolb will be back, but that “things” could “change” at some point “down the road.”  Ken Whisenhunt was slightly more explicit in a radio interview with KTAR, via NFL.com.

Both guys are going to get opportunities because John [Skelton] certainly deserves it from the way that he played over the back half of the season and Kevin certainly deserves it from the reason that we went out, got him, and brought him in,” Whisenhunt said.

Neither guy got a ringing endorsement from Whisenhunt, who said that, while they’ve “shown at time they can do things very well, they’ve shown at times that they are knuckleheads.”

In other words, if ownership is willing to make an offer that compares favorably with the numbers the Dolphins and/or Redskins will put on the table after Colts owner Jim Irsay declines to put another $28 million in to Peyton’s pockets, those knuckleheads could be replaced by a guy with a fairly large head.

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33 Responses to “Whisenhunt says his quarterbacks are “knuckleheads” at times”
  1. theonlylivingbillindundee says: Feb 19, 2012 6:46 PM

    Not convinced Manning will be any good again but hope he doesn’t go to the dolphins just in case!

  2. thesportsguy52 says: Feb 19, 2012 6:54 PM

    I’m sitting back in my chair, laughing at Whisenhunt and this organization for putting Kevin Kolb on a level worthy of being a starting quarterback, when he was unproven in Philly, and looked by far more shaky than good at most times. I don’t know if it’s the overhype of ESPN or the way the media tends to glorify players in big cities, but it’s getting ridiculous. Kolb was terrible, to the point where Skelton was starting over him when he was healthy. Yet I kept hearing all of this praise for Kolb when he was traded for, and my boy Joe Flacco got nearly decapitated by the media. Insane.

    What’s more, Peyton is not going to AZ. Why would he? No familiar players, nor coaches. No dedication to winning, and no sense of appretiation for their players.

    The Cardinals jumped the gun on Kolb, every fan knows this, and now they look like the “knuckleheads”.

  3. realnflmaster says: Feb 19, 2012 6:55 PM

    2012 NFC West champs. Book it. All they need is the QB.

  4. bucks12965 says: Feb 19, 2012 7:02 PM

    How is this guy still an NFL head coach?

  5. jimmysimpson55 says: Feb 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    What has Whisenhunt won? Anyone? Bueller?

  6. jh500 says: Feb 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    Can Kolb win more than two games this year?

  7. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 19, 2012 7:13 PM

    I don’t know if it’s the overhype of ESPN or the way the media tends to glorify players in big cities, but it’s getting ridiculous
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    We’ll find out soon enough if he deserves it or not, but right now Matt Flynn is being glorified. Is Green Bay a big city?

  8. trbowman says: Feb 19, 2012 7:21 PM

    That coaching staff needs to wake up and realizes its best QB was on the sidelines the whole time (Rich Bartel)!

  9. couchfandotcom says: Feb 19, 2012 7:25 PM

    CONFIRMED: All 32 teams have some type of, sorta, kind of, mild to medium, specifically general interest in Peyton Manning!

    Does that sum up the situation?

  10. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 19, 2012 7:25 PM

    I think Whiz is the only person in the country who didn’t come to the “knucklehead” conclusion just from a casual glance at Kolb and Skelton. His problem now.

    Maybe they replace the two knuckleheads with “Old Bobblehead”, his self.

  11. cabsf415 says: Feb 19, 2012 7:28 PM

    Are you crazy? As long as Jim Harbaugh is head coach the 49ers are taking the NFC West

  12. mrslay1 says: Feb 19, 2012 8:25 PM

    cabsf415… Harbaugh is a good coach that had a team put together by Singeltary who would have done the same this year with HIS team. He did a good job yes, but also plays in the worst league in the NFL and has 2 games each year with the bottom teams in the league. I don’t know who will beat them in the west but let’s keep him where he belongs. Until he wins something that means something (not NFC west) he doesn’t get any nod as being at the top.

  13. pavelfitzgerald says: Feb 19, 2012 8:29 PM

    As a Cardinals fan I was absolutely stunned & extremely disapointed that they paid that bounty for Kolb. Especially when Orton, Young, Hasselback, etc could’ve been had for little or free. Thankfully, the Raiders traded for Palmer & it made Cards fans feel slightly better about their Kolb trade

  14. wyrdawg says: Feb 19, 2012 8:39 PM

    “those knuckleheads could be replaced by a guy with a fairly large head.”

    Prolly the best line I’ve seen for a while.

  15. bnwillard says: Feb 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    I think its important that everybody crowing about wanting Matt Flynn and what a barnburner he’s gonna be, take a long hard look at Kevin Kolb.

  16. mikeyfresh25 says: Feb 19, 2012 9:03 PM

    Nothing wrong with competition if Kolb is better he should start, if Skelton is better he should start… Simple as pie

  17. lejimmac says: Feb 19, 2012 10:05 PM

    @thesportsguy55 and jimmysimpson; Ken won in P-Town and the Cards have an ex Colts coach on their staff, dummies.

  18. banvard316 says: Feb 19, 2012 10:22 PM

    It amazes me how quick people are to judge a guy that had 2 weeks to learn a new system. Now sure he didn’t perform well at anytime in the season besides the 2nd half of the Dallas game. However give the guy a offseason and a training camp and see how he does. The fact it took 7 weeks to come back from what looked like a mild concussion at worst should be the biggest concern going forward.

  19. profootballwalk says: Feb 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    bnwillard says:
    Feb 19, 2012 8:41 PM
    I think its important that everybody crowing about wanting Matt Flynn and what a barnburner he’s gonna be, take a long hard look at Kevin Kolb.
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    Andrew Luck – Ryan Leaf.

    I can play that game too.

  20. ebeg420 says: Feb 19, 2012 10:31 PM

    Do those knuckleheads want to trade Fitz for Asante?

  21. nerdyturdy says: Feb 19, 2012 10:33 PM

    What has Wiz won? An NFC championship. Not too shabby.

  22. lejimmac says: Feb 19, 2012 10:43 PM

    @nerdyturdy; and a SUPER BOWL as OC for the Steelers.

  23. ramsfan21 says: Feb 19, 2012 11:04 PM

    I saw skeleton this yr and he did so much then Kevin Kolb has ever done. I don’t know why Arizona paid him so much. He didn’t do nothing in Philly but back up Michael Vick and he hasn’t (or didn’t) done anything in Arizona because he had “turf toe”. I understand you can get hurt and all that. But injured all the time is just ridiculous. Arizona you need to let him go and get into the Manning Sweepstakes and get someone to throw to Fitzgerald. The moment you get a solid QB in there, you guys will be a force to mess with. You have a defensive and you have a descent special teams unit. Go out and get free agents, waste money on guys who want to play ball and you guys will have a chance to win the NFC West. Remember you guys finished 8-8. Finishing .500 is alot better then blew it.

  24. steelerchicken says: Feb 19, 2012 11:06 PM

    The Wiz is canned next season

  25. canjura says: Feb 19, 2012 11:26 PM

    @mrslay1: you realize the “worst league in the NFL”, the NFC West, had the same number of wins as the NFC East (who is continually called the best division in football) even with my Rams going 2-14?

  26. joecb91 says: Feb 19, 2012 11:43 PM

    Kolb was terrible, to the point where Skelton was starting over him when he was healthy.

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    He wasn’t healthy in those games he missed though. Concussion that lasted until a couple weeks after the season and turf toe that he aggravated by playing through it for an entire game.

  27. shaggytoodle says: Feb 20, 2012 12:27 AM

    Everyone has been a knucklehead at times.
    Thats life.
    Thier performances are just weekly televised.

  28. vomitingliberals says: Feb 20, 2012 1:22 AM

    What has Whisenhunt won? Anyone? Bueller?

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    How bout a George Halas NFC Championship Trophy back in 09′. Hey… you asked. What have you ever won?

  29. sunsbolts7 says: Feb 20, 2012 1:40 AM

    What has Whisenhunt won?

    He’s got more wins than any coach in franchise history. Its not a coincidence that since he arrived, the team is no longer the laughing stock of the NFL. Only 1 losing season in his 5 since taking over.

  30. raiderfankirk says: Feb 20, 2012 7:06 AM

    Has anyone noticed Bartel the third QB. From what I saw of him play last season he is better than both.

  31. CKL says: Feb 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    banvard316 says:
    Feb 19, 2012 10:22 PM
    It amazes me how quick people are to judge a guy that had 2 weeks to learn a new system. Now sure he didn’t perform well at anytime in the season besides the 2nd half of the Dallas game. However give the guy a offseason and a training camp and see how he does. The fact it took 7 weeks to come back from what looked like a mild concussion at worst should be the biggest concern going forward.
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    This take makes sense. Not saying Kolb will be some superstar with an offseason under his belt but I saw a segment on some show recently about how in Philly since he doesn’t make any decisions @ the LOS and he is a rhythm thrower, he was suited for that system. In AZ, the QB has to make checks and they showed how he was often unsure of the right time to change a play. This year will be much more telling than last as far as any young QB/QB in a new system playing.

  32. choice1329 says: Feb 20, 2012 2:06 PM

    You people making excuses for Kolb seem to have more excuses for him, than a person going to jail. The guy is a big loser, he doesn’t care about being injured and on the sidelines, haven’t you noticed how he walks up and down the sideline chewing bubble gum or drinking gatorade, as if he has got a care in the world. I can’t believe that people are still buying into Kolb, he’s been the league for some years now, but yet he plays like he just got out of high school, this applies to the time he spent in Philly as well. Fact is Kolb should be locked up for theft, he’s a loser but not a “knucklehead”, a knucklehead would never be able to con people out of money the way Kolb has.

  33. undevelopedroll says: Feb 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    What has this coach won??

    Division title, NFC title and a couple of minutes away from winning a Super Bowl.

    More important that that, cause you all forget that this is a business…he has consecutively sold out University of Phoenix Stadium over and over and over again. And with revenue sharing–that makes the whole NFL happy!

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