Kevin Kolb appears to be running out of chances to win the starting quarterback job in Arizona. Friday night’s preseason game may even be his last chance.
John Skelton is now the favorite to win the No. 1 quarterback spot, people within the organization told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kolb will start on Friday against the Raiders, but if Skelton is already favored, then one more bad game from Kolb could seal his fate.
So far in the preseason Kolb has been very disappointing. He has thrown nine passes and completed just two of them, for 25 yards, with one interception. And he’s done nothing to change the perception that his durability is a problem, having to leave the preseason opener early with bruised ribs.
Skelton hasn’t been great, going 7-for-12 for 65 yards and an interception, but with the way Kolb is playing, Skelton doesn’t need to be great to beat out Kolb. He just needs to be competent.
When the Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to the Eagles to acquire Kolb, and then gave Kolb a five-year, $63 million contract, they were making an enormous investment in Kolb as their quarterback of the future. And now they appear to be close to admitting that their enormous investment was an enormous mistake.