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Skelton takes early edge in quarterback duel

John Skelton AP

Assuming that quarterback Kevin Kolb’s rib contusion doesn’t derail the competition for the starting job in Arizona before it really begins, John Skelton has taken the lead during his performance on Sunday night in Canton.

Subbing for Kolb, who left with an injury after completing one of four passes for four yards and an interception, Skelton completed four of six throws for 32 yards.  He also led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 90-yard scoring drive.

Helping Skelton’s cause is that he threw the ball to receiver Larry Fitzgerald, something Kolb didn’t do.

Though neither guy should force it to Fitzgerald, the quarterback who finds a way to get the ball into Fitzgerald’s hands necessarily will have a better shot at winning the job.

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16 Responses to “Skelton takes early edge in quarterback duel”
  1. doe22us says: Aug 5, 2012 9:38 PM

    Lets get it out now ,Kolb is a bust useless QB.

  2. tatum064 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:39 PM

    Skelton’s got a live arm, and Kolb is expensive and injury prone. I could see them going with Skelton and dealing Kolb for the right price.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 5, 2012 9:59 PM

    “Helping Skelton’s cause is that he threw the ball to receiver Larry Fitzgerald, something Kolb didn’t do.”

    And apparently this is the end for the high-priced Kevin Kolb.

  4. coltsluckdynasty says: Aug 5, 2012 10:03 PM

    Skelton’s numbers last year were actually good. If I’m the cardinals, I name him the starter effective immediately. Only down side here, is no team is going to give much for Kolb and his contract. I pilling for Skelton here! He is clearly the better quarterback…..

  5. wtfru2 says: Aug 5, 2012 10:05 PM

    Does anyone remeber Red Skelton? I think this is his Grandson? Either way he’s just as funny to watch! Or is that he’s just as big of a joke?

  6. KIR says: Aug 5, 2012 10:26 PM

    I don’t know if he has talent but he’s not built for that life. You’ve got yo be fearless, none injury prone with a high tolerance for pain. No, no and no.

    6 years 65 mil? I think he’d rather go fishing. He’s already got 19 mil in the bank. Thanks, Andy!

  7. bobulated says: Aug 5, 2012 10:35 PM

    People saying that Kolb should be traded are forgetting no other team would even give the Cards a used stick of eye black with a broken shoe lace to be named later for the privilege of Kolb’s services much less his contract.

  8. cpo187 says: Aug 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    “Though neither guy should force it to Fitzgerald, the quarterback who finds a way to get the ball into Fitzgerald’s hands necessarily will have a better shot at winning the job.”

    2 thoughts on this: 1) You SHOULD force it to Fitz sometimes. With his range, height, hands, and leaping ability you can toss the ball up his way instead of throwing it away. 2) The quarterback who finds a way to get the ball into Fitzgerald’s hands…will have a a better sport getting drafted in a fantasy draft.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 5, 2012 10:55 PM

    There isn’t one team that’d be willing to trade for Kolb.

    Except Arizona.

  10. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 5, 2012 11:11 PM

    I thought that Peyton Manning would have seriously considered Arizona. Not only would he have Larry Fitzgerald catching passes, he wouldnt be freezing his butt off (like he will in Denver). Too bad for the Cardinals. Looks like the Eagles played the Cards…BIG TIME!!!!

  11. mancave001 says: Aug 6, 2012 12:11 AM

    You guys are hilarious with the trash talk on Kolb. Dude had never had a true full season as a starter. He got yanked after two quarters as the Eagles starter after a concussion behind the worst OL in Eagles history. Then he went to AZ during the lockout. It’s the preseason and Cards fans are already pushing the panic button after a friggin rib contusion. Patience. If he sucks this year and/or is always inured, THEN push the button. But until then don’t tell me you actually want Skelton.

  12. askbri says: Aug 6, 2012 12:17 AM

    Skelton tried to give Kolb a handshake as he entered the game. Kolb didn’t give it back.

    That’s about all you need to know about Kolb.

  13. discosucs2005 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:02 AM

    There is no way anyone will trade for Kolb. Idk why that’s even being discussed. What team would take him? The Browns and Dolphins just drafted QBs, the Jags maybe? If the Cards ate a bunch of salary someone might take him as a backup (maybe even the Eagles) but that would really defeat the purpose because he could be a backup in AZ.

    I think they should just go with Skelton all year. If he plays well, build around him. If he doesn’t compete with Seattle for Barkley.

  14. rajbais says: Aug 6, 2012 7:12 AM

    I felt concerned for Kolb when he got hurt, but he is not the guy for the Arizona Cardinals. Just give it to Skelton!!

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 6, 2012 7:53 AM

    the unpleasant truth is that Corn Kolb stinks. That is all. Eagles fleece another team with a QB that really never did a thing, but they touted as a somebody – when in fact he’s just another nobody.

  16. backuppunter says: Aug 6, 2012 11:57 PM

    yet another example of a desperate team dishing out desperate money to compete and finding out everything they ever needed was in there backyard all along. click those red slippers 3 times and just admit you screwed up trading DRC for KOLB. Just look at him as an overpriced but good backup and get on with it. Skelton really has a chance to be a good qb.

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