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Kolb, Skelton alternating days with first team in Arizona

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Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said earlier this month that the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton would “start out as even as it possibly can.”

Whisenhunt has proven to be a man of his word. Skelton took the snaps with the first team at Tuesday’s OTA and Kolb led the offense on Wednesday. You can’t read much into performance from OTAs, but you can see a lot about a team’s intentions and the Cardinals clearly intend to have that open competition for the starting quarterback job.

That’s certainly not what anyone expected when the Cardinals traded for Kolb and gave him a big new contract, including a $7 million roster bonus this year. Whether or not it is also a bad sign for Kolb’s future with the team is a matter open for discussion, but Kolb isn’t balking at having to win the job this summer.

“I’ve said it a hundred times: ‘Look, if you are afraid to compete in this league, go home,'” Kolb said, via Darren Urban of the Cardinals web site. “There is a lot of time between now and (the season) and a lot of time to prove yourself.”

From the looks of it, you can settle in for a while on this one. Kolb and Skelton will be dueling well into training camp for the job.

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11 Responses to “Kolb, Skelton alternating days with first team in Arizona”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2012 5:45 PM

    More accurate way of looking at it is that they are taking turns leading the second team.

  2. trbowman says: May 30, 2012 6:16 PM

    Rich Bartel is still better than both of them.

  3. nineroutsider says: May 30, 2012 6:36 PM

    @trbowman – Super funny, every team that doesn’t have a franchise QB has a guy on the bench that is better than the starter according to you.

    Skelton > Kolb > Bartel

  4. pftstory says: May 30, 2012 6:41 PM

    Not a good sign if you dont have a clear #1 QB.
    Odds are niether is great.

  5. trbowman says: May 30, 2012 7:25 PM

    “Super funny, every team that doesn’t have a franchise QB has a guy on the bench that is better than the starter according to you.

    Skelton > Kolb > Bartel”

    Outside of Brady Quinn, when have I claimed a guy on the bench is better than the starter?

    I’ve watched all three play extensively and Bartel is the most impressive out of all of them.

    Make a case as to why Skelton is the best QB on that roster without bringing up W/L. You can’t. That’s a team stat.

    It’s Bartel > Kolb > Skelton.

  6. randallflagg52 says: May 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Won’t matter since by this time next year the new coach will have a new QB to work.

  7. fordmandalay says: May 30, 2012 7:53 PM

    The Cards plan; save face by giving Kolb the starting job, then when he gets hurt by game 5 and is out for the rest of the year, put Skelton in to finish out another 8-8 year. Continue the history of mediocrity that’s their tradition.

  8. jacksaysfu says: May 30, 2012 8:15 PM

    I bet you wish you had Rodgers-Cromartie & Vinny Curry instead of Kevin Kolb . Give the Eagles credit for making the Cards believe that Kolb was a Star and a sure fire franchise QB

  9. dwoofer says: May 30, 2012 8:51 PM

    I don’t believe the starting job is open to Skelton. Kolb will get the start. But with his fragile noggin, Whiz is letting Skelton run the first team offense, too, because Kolb could literally be knocked out of a game (and career) any time. I’m actually wondering if he will make it through all preseason games.

  10. chitownjeff says: May 30, 2012 9:35 PM

    i think andy reid owes clay matthews a six pack of beer and a good steak!!

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 30, 2012 10:09 PM

    Alternating between crap and crap. It’s a shame because the rest of the team is good.

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