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Ken Whisenhunt says there’s no favorite at quarterback

Ken Whisenhunt AP

A report calling John Skelton the favorite for the Cardinals starting quarterback job caught coach Ken Whisenhunt’s attention on Tuesday.

Whisenhunt said that he saw Adam Schefter of ESPN’s report that placed Skelton ahead of Kevin Kolb and told reporters that he didn’t put much weight on things said anonymously. According to Whisenhunt, there hasn’t been any change to the way the Cardinals are running their quarterback competition.

“We’re sticking to what we said, which is sticking with the process and let it play itself out,” Whisenhunt said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website. “I haven’t gotten into thinking about favorites and longshots.”

Neither quarterback has set the world on fire in preseason games, but Kolb has looked like the lesser quarterback. He’s completed just 2-of-9 passes and has not looked comfortable in the pocket in either appearance. Skelton’s production leaves something to be desired, but his willingness to stand up in the pocket is contributing to the feeling that he’ll wind up with the job.

Kolb will start on Friday against the Raiders, a game that represents his best (last?) chance to remain in the fight for the starting job. It looks like he’ll have running back Ryan Williams to help him move the offense, which is a change from the first two outings. It can’t be the only one or else Whisenhunt won’t have much reason to think about favorites and longshots because the race will be all but over.

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10 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt says there’s no favorite at quarterback”
  1. snap0179 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:25 PM

    Sounds about right they both suck equally

  2. mancave001 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    Then Wisenhunt is a fool. Kolb should be the starter until he PROVES he’s not the guy. That will take at least 8 games of truly poor performance.

  3. dwoofer says: Aug 14, 2012 4:28 PM

    Keep hoping. But Whisenhunt’s job depends on how the QB Whiz convinced the Bidwills to spend $60 on plays. If Whiz benches Kolb (which he has never done, by the way), he is ending his own employment.

  4. mancave001 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:31 PM

    “He’s completed just 2-of-9 passes and has not looked comfortable in the pocket in either appearance. ”

    —-Neither did pretty much any QB not named Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. Most looked bad in their debuts.

    “Kolb will start on Friday against the Raiders, a game that represents his best (last?) chance to remain in the fight for the starting job.”

    —Last chance? This is only his second season as a starter. Last season he came into a non-WCO system and new team, and had no offseason program with said team. He also got injured, which is unfortunate. “Last chance.” Good lord.

  5. southpaw79 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:31 PM

    I wouldn’t have a favorite with those QB’s either.

  6. savocabol1 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    Please name a team that had a successful season (barring any injuries) and did not know who their starting QB was after one preseason game. We have all seen how this sad story ends…

    As a Browns fan I feel your pain Cards. This situation is far too familiar year in and year out.

  7. niners816 says: Aug 14, 2012 4:58 PM

    Put Kolb in there.

    Signed,
    all 2012 opponents

  8. larrydavidstern says: Aug 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    Kolb will start. Don’t know if he should, but he will.

  9. cd_ridge says: Aug 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    When a team has two quarterbacks capable of starting, they really have none.

  10. mrfrostyj says: Aug 15, 2012 2:09 AM

    An the Cardinals fans say “We already knew that”

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