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Kevin Kolb’s next job: Beat out John Skelton

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When Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt announced on Friday that his team was no longer in the Peyton Manning chase, he did not anoint Kevin Kolb the starter. Instead, Whisenhunt mentioned both Kolb and John Skelton as potential starters.

Whisenhunt’s statement said the team plans “to head into 2012 with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton,” and Whisenhunt has made clear this offseason that both guys will get an opportunity to earn the starting job.

Kolb is the favorite to win the starting job. The Cardinals committed to him last year when they gave up a second-round pick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to acquire him, and they’re committing to him financially by paying him a $7 million roster bonus today.

But Skelton will get a chance to beat Kolb out in the offseason and training camp, a chance he earned by being a big part of the Cardinals’ great late-season run. Kolb’s stats were better than Skelton’s last year, but the Cardinals were a better team when Skelton played: They went 2-6 with Kolb as their quarterback and 6-2 with Skelton.

That Skelton, a 2010 fifth-round pick, even has a chance to win the starting job shows how disappointing Kolb was last year. Obviously, the Cardinals would never have traded for Kolb and given him a five-year, $63.5 million contract if they thought there was a chance at the time that Skelton would turn out to be the better option.

So Kolb has a big job on his hands this offseason: He has to convince Whisenhunt that he’s the best quarterback on the roster. Losing his job to Manning would have been one thing. But if Kolb can’t even beat out Skelton, then we may look back at that trade and say the Eagles fleeced the Cardinals even worse than they fleeced the Redskins when they traded Donovan McNabb.

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32 Responses to “Kevin Kolb’s next job: Beat out John Skelton”
  1. jhorton83 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:01 AM

    “They went 2-6 with Kolb as their quarterback and 6-2 with Skelton.”

    And that’s the most important stat of all.

  2. pnut87 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:02 AM

    Well that shouldn’t be too hard. Oh, wait…

  3. petehemlock says: Mar 17, 2012 7:12 AM

    The Kolb hype was crazy. He was supposedly some great player even though he never proved it on the field. In fact, he never really played well in Phila. And what’s with his name? Go John Skelton

  4. mikeyhigs says: Mar 17, 2012 7:15 AM

    “But if Kolb can’t even beat out Skelton, then we may look back at that trade and say the Eagles fleeced the Cardinals even worse than they fleeced the Redskins when they traded Donovan McNabb.”

    And let’s not forget the fleecing of the Doplphins for AJ Feeley. Andy Reid sure knows how to make bad QB’s look good

  5. bleed4philly says: Mar 17, 2012 7:26 AM

    “Good luck with that.”

    Signed,
    Redskins and Dolphins fans

  6. phillyphan72 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:28 AM

    Anybody wanna make a deal for Vick? I want a winner.

  7. vbe2 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:34 AM

    “…then we may look back at that trade and say the Eagles fleeced the Cardinals even worse than they fleeced the Redskins when they traded Donovan McNabb.”
    ==================================
    Don’t forget the fleecing of the Dolphins when they traded AJ Feeley…

  8. Chris Langille says: Mar 17, 2012 7:35 AM

    I watched Kolb “develop” here in Philadelphia, and he is a flawed QB for sure. He back-peddles instead of stepping up in the pocket, and doesn’t have the arm strength to consistently get the ball down the field. His personality was perfect for Philly though, tough guy, always respectful to the media. Too bad he couldn’t play

  9. kegowhisky says: Mar 17, 2012 7:35 AM

    When Andy Reid comes into the room talking abou the “Great quarterback deal he has for you”, you better check your wallet and run for the hills! 2 fo 2 is no coincidence.

  10. duerson1985 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:42 AM

    I laughed to hard when i seen the headline for this…good form PFT, good form.

  11. eagleswin says: Mar 17, 2012 7:44 AM

    Not that Kolb was playing lights out but Skelton had a 68 passer rating to Kolb’s 81 passer rating.

    Of Skelton’s 6 wins, only 1 came against a team that went to the playoffs and all of them came in the second half of the season.

    The offensive line was a mess last year and were just starting to gel when kolb went down. The line still wasn’t very good but Skelton wasn’t running for his life every play like Kolb, just every other play.

    That said, this year is make or break for Kolb. He has a full offseason and hopefully the Cards addressed the other areas of weakness in the offense.

  12. bobbyhoying says: Mar 17, 2012 7:52 AM

    I watched Kolb play some very good games, including a convincing win over a Falcons team that lost few other games that year. He’ll be fine.

  13. tombrookshire says: Mar 17, 2012 7:55 AM

    Finally we find that the Eagles really are smarter than the rest of the NFL at one thing!

  14. botchedextrapoint says: Mar 17, 2012 7:56 AM

    Just imagine how bad Kolb would have looked if Fitz didn’t keep bailing him out with amazing catches in traffic, balls thrown behind him, at his ankles, etc…

  15. kdub79 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:01 AM

    The Kolb hype was crazy. He was supposedly some great player even though he never proved it on the field. In fact, he never really played well in Phila. And what’s with his name? Go John Skelton

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    Ummmm Kolb was the NFC Offensive player of the week twice, and the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 300 yards in each of his first two career starts. The hype may have been a little much but he showed he has potential to be a serviceable QB in the right system. Give him a full offseason before you deem it a fleecing.

  16. kspl1 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:23 AM

    I hope corn on the kolb gets cut………he’s a bum

  17. azc86 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:27 AM

    It was the defence and special teams that won most of the games down the stretch not Skelton, Kolb is the better qb.

    I wouldn’t say that the eagles fleeced the cards, Rodgers Cromartie was awful last year and with the eagles recent history of early round draft picks (except mccoy and maclin) there’s a good chance the pick will be wasted.

  18. carlnova says: Mar 17, 2012 8:37 AM

    for all those trades Big Bird pulled off, all that fleecing, he still signed 12/16 games healthy Michael Vick to a 100 million dollar contract. FAIL

  19. cardsfann1 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:38 AM

    The defense was much better the second half of the season. They blew 4 games that Kolb was qb. I am not a huge Kolb fan at all, but the d gave those games away early in the season.

  20. jenniferxxx says: Mar 17, 2012 9:04 AM

    Some teams are just good at finding the suckers. The Eagles are one of the best. But it takes two.

    Thanks Zona … you are their beeoch.

  21. rajbais says: Mar 17, 2012 10:09 AM

    @Chris Langille
    Chris Langille says:
    Mar 17, 2012 7:35 AM
    I watched Kolb “develop” here in Philadelphia, and he is a flawed QB for sure. He back-peddles instead of stepping up in the pocket, and doesn’t have the arm strength to consistently get the ball down the field. His personality was perfect for Philly though, tough guy, always respectful to the media. Too bad he couldn’t play

     —–

    Great analysis!!!

    Plus, he was WAY too dependent on everyone around him!!!! He needs quality “everything” around him!!!

    He needs quality in the following positions:
    Offensive Line
    Wide Receiver
    Tight End
    Running Back in the passing game

    This IS true and that is why he IS overly dependent!!!
    Just run the ball next year and let Skelton hit Fitzgerald and two more deep ball pass catchers off play-action!!!

  22. laeaglefan says: Mar 17, 2012 10:16 AM

    If neither Kolb or Skelton work out as the starter, the Cardinals can always acquire Mike Kafka from the Eagles for a 2nd rounder in next year’s draft.

  23. tedesco47 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:43 AM

    Anybody wanna make a deal for Vick? I want a winner.

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    Vick has a 72% winning percentage as a starter. Know your facts before you post ridiculous statements you parasite

  24. mancave001 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    petehemlock says:
    Mar 17, 2012 7:12 AM
    The Kolb hype was crazy. He was supposedly some great player even though he never proved it on the field. In fact, he never really played well in Phila. And what’s with his name? Go John Skelton

    ————-

    You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. When Kolb played, he often played very well. He never had a chance as a starter in Phila. He went two quarters behind a horrendous OL, then got benched for Vick. I still say Kolb can be a good or even great QB. But time will tell.

  25. camocav213 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:21 AM

    they should get peyton .
    realese kolb

  26. choice1329 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:42 AM

    You can give Kevin Kolb all the time in the world and nothing will change, he’ll be awful tomorrow just like he is today. Amazing all the excuses that are being made for Kolb, bottom line he is not and never will be a good qb. He has absolutely no problem at all, walking up and down the sidelines, getting paid while someone else does his job, he did it in Philly and he doing it in Arizona, the guy is pathetic.

  27. westclaims says: Mar 17, 2012 11:43 AM

    Eagles finished last season 8-8. So did Cards. And the Eagles did that with the so called better qb? 8-8 is 8-8.

  28. choice1329 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:48 AM

    westclaims says:
    Mar 17, 2012 11:43 AM
    Eagles finished last season 8-8. So did Cards. And the Eagles did that with the so called better qb? 8-8 is 8-8.

    ___________________________________
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    Well its a good thing they didn’t have Kolb things would have for certain been much worse.

  29. mrcucu says: Mar 17, 2012 12:04 PM

    On top of all the questions about Kolb’s playing skills, I am most concerned with how injury prone he is. How can he even try to show he can play if he is off the field? I think his happy feet and lack of accuracy make him an average QB at best, but if he is not in the field he is not even going to be that. He has had 2 concussions already, get a third one and he will end up in the short bus on his way back to Texas. Wish him success, but this will truly be a make it or break it year for his career in the NFL.

  30. stavreafavre says: Mar 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald wept…

  31. cuda1234 says: Mar 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    Sounds to me like Skelton’s a “winner” who “inspires” his teammates to play better. Sounds like he “deserves” a chance to start and to play in spite of what the stats say or what you see with your own eyes. Don’t tell me these rules only apply to that guy in Denver.

  32. marcus158 says: Mar 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    People like to go on about how the Eagles fleeced the Cards for Kolb, but what has DRC done in Philly? He was rated the 98th best CB in the league last season. Hardly a loss. Cards seemed to have conned the Eagles into thinking DRC is better than he actually is.

    The only bad part of the initial trade was the 2nd round pick.

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