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Report: Cardinals consider Skelton the favorite to beat out Kolb

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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.

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  1. ralolawson says: Aug 14, 2012 10:03 AM

    What ever Cards front office person who brokered the Kolb trade with the Eagles should be fired TODAY. Now what do the Cards do with a $63 million dollar albatross like Kolb as their backup QB? That’s a lot of coin just to hold a clip board.

  2. oreo51 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:03 AM

    Time to cut their losses. The salary the Hawks are paying Flynn is less than half what Kolb got (3 years $26 million). When you are making Kevin Kolb money you better earn the job out of the gate.

  3. mf7krime says: Aug 14, 2012 10:06 AM

    Remember when Kolb laughed at the notion that the locker room wanted Skelton? I do.

  4. drainbameged says: Aug 14, 2012 10:11 AM

    Go skelton!

  5. fafaflunky says: Aug 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    If skelton starts fitz could have a monster
    Year..

  6. kuta82 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    I feel bad for Larry Fitz but most of all I feel bad for the Cards fans..looks like they’ll have a long long season again

  7. greenbleeder says: Aug 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    The Eagles can also offer Mike Kafka for the low low price of a 3rd rounder.

  8. realitypolice says: Aug 14, 2012 10:14 AM

    What does Kolb’s contract look like this year? Can they afford to keep him as a back up? Or are we looking at a Garrard style starter to unemployed situation?

  9. tombrookshire says: Aug 14, 2012 10:15 AM

    Kolb is a Gary Sinese clone.

  10. steelfan1 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    I always thought Kolb was over-rated. And if he has been mediocre with the talent around him, then he will always be a backup. The only problem now is, what does Arizona do with the huge paycheck they just gave him? Sorry cardinal fans, but the Wiz just set your franchise back a few years. I can’t keep thanking my stars that we chose Tomlin. The transition for both coaches who both inherited talented rosters has been light and day.

  11. righton989 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    And remember that $21M of the $63M is guaranteed. Kevee Choke will never have to work another day in his life thanks to the AZ mgmt that made that brilliant decision. Aren’t you glad that you aren’t signing the checks for the incompetent mgmt and players.

  12. milkmandanimal says: Aug 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    Remember that South Park episode about the competition between the giant douche and the turd sandwich?

  13. tuckersmith001 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:19 AM

    Sometimes you can just see things like this happening a mile away by teams like Arizona, Seattle, Carolina, KC. Drew Brees doesn’t happen but once a generation. You find a franchise quarterback in the draft and build him, not in someone cast-off from his previous team or a back-up who performed decently in place of an injured starter. And if you need a stopgap measure to try and stay competitive until you are able to find that franchise quarterback then you don’t blow 5 years of valuable salary cap space on handcuffing yourself to him. Being from Detroit and having suffered through the same type of thing with Scott Mitchell, then the horrors and shame of Matt Millen, I’m pretty keen on what a stupid football decision looks like.

    How Larry Fitzgerald continues to put together a Hall of Fame career on a team in such shambles with shoddy executive leadership and seriously sub-standard QB play is incredible.

  14. vysethelegend says: Aug 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    I think everybody outside the Arizona front office realized they got swindled by the Eagles when that trade happened. Hopefully those people are held accountable.

  15. prince5000 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    Skelton seems to be the guy. I can’t believe teams will still trade for a backup who happened to look great in a couple of games (Rob Johnson, Kolb, Flynn, Hoyer will be next year).

  16. anpsteel says: Aug 14, 2012 10:23 AM

    How the Eagles continue to fleece the rest of the league with their inferior back-up QBs is beyond me. Maybe they sit at HQ practicing some Tony Robbins mind meld- on everyone.

    You will love this guy. He is the next Kurt Warner. He is the next Joe Montana.

    Why is he on our bench, you ask? Well, we have so much talent at the position- freaking Dan Marino would be on the bench here.

    So you are concerned about his mediocre performances and tendency to be injured? Do not worry my good man. These are all anomalies.

    His Zen Master ways will shine through, and it is only through the goodness of our hearts that we are willing to part with him. And because of how wonderful you have been towards us in the past- we are willing to cut a deal – just for you.

    You should give us an offer. You should give us a top 10 corner back. But after thinking about this- I am afraid we would look like bumbling fools around the league. So, although it pains me to ask, we must request that you also give us a top 50 draft pick.

    Of course, this is but a pittance to pay for the coming of dynastic leadership and performance you shall soon be witnessing. In fact, I am beginning to second guess our decision. Maybe we should keep him? What you say, but we made a deal? We made a promise? Oh, ok. It is done, I only hope we can persevere after such a magnanimous act of charity.

  17. mannyicey says: Aug 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    I remember when he was in Philly and folks were talking about trading away Vick because he was “so good.” At that point, I realize exactly how much venom there was against Vick, because that hatred actually made Kevin Kolb look like a starting quarterback in the NFL for some people. Hatred is a powerful thing.

    But if you really look at those Eagles games, he made some good passes, but they lost. And he looked good against really bad teams. So when they had to play against better teams, Kolb got exposed. But people were disappointed with the decision to move him still. And the Cardinals thought they were hiring a starting NFL quarterback!

    But that same quarterback that was in Philly is the same one that is in Arizona. Kolb is a good backup, but that’s where he needs to stay. And Kolb needs to thank Vick and the hatred for him for making Kolb an awful lot of money.

  18. worldwidebleater says: Aug 14, 2012 10:26 AM

    Never buy a used car from Andy Ried.

  19. cappa662 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    I wouldn’t invest in any QB that the Eagles produce. Seems like all of the QBs are a product of the system i.e. Kolb, McNabb, AJ Feeley, and etc.

  20. keem513 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    I would of took my chances with donovan mcnabb over theses two bums

  21. theboysofdallas says: Aug 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    Larry fitzgerald needs a qb

  22. stevebozeman says: Aug 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Andy Reid pulled a fast one. Let Kolb play just enough to make him look good….lol..they are trying to do the same thing with Kafka.

  23. mrfrostyj says: Aug 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Don’t blame the Cards front office guys, blame Whisenhunt for falling for the whole “Good QB can make a bad team good” theory and under-appreciating guys like Anquon Boldin. Not saying that Kolb was ever a good QB as I never thought he was that impressive in Phili and always thought he was a product of the free agency hype machine (see Matt Flynn this year who had all of 1 good game which is 1 more than Kolb had in Philly).

    Since Warner retired Cards have already gone through Leinert, Anderson and soon to be Kolb. I always say if it’s 1 QB then the QB is the problem but when every QB on your team struggles it’s the coaching. Look at how much better the Panthers QB’s look since John Fox was shown the door.

  24. rgboogie says: Aug 14, 2012 10:34 AM

    And this exactly the reason Flynn didnt get the pay day that kolb got, because no one is dumb enough to do it. Flynn most likely is going to be a better startin qb then kolb I mean he doesn’t have to do much really but he being paid least then half of kolb. Also the eagles have dicked teams so many times I wonder y ppl still trade wit them like the mcnabb trade. If only the cardinals had made John there qb an kept Rodgers-cro wit pat Peterson. That would have been nice 😄

  25. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:37 AM

    This is just the Eagles way of saying Thanks for beating us to go to the Super Bowl a couple years ago.

    All is fair in football you never should have won that game and you never should have made that trade!

    From: The City of Brotherly Love

    In 3-5 years you will be ok

  26. mvincent81 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:41 AM

    The Jags should trade Chad Henne to them for a 2nd round pick. He’s going to end up the odd man out in Jacksonville and he can sling the rock better than Skelton or Kolb.

  27. fattyriver says: Aug 14, 2012 10:41 AM

    Huge mistake by the cardinals front office. If you see enough in a guy to pay him 63 million than there shouldn’t be a quarterback competition you have to give him a chance to play. From day 1 they seemed to doubt kolb. Why make such a big trade and sign him to a big contract if you aren’t going to believe in him. Feel bad for cards fans

  28. larrydavid815 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    Send him to the Jets, they could use another dud.

  29. gsthebest says: Aug 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    The blame goes to Andy Reid and his staff for making these below average QBs look like the next best thing! lol

    sell sell sell! Thats the Eagle’s Way!

  30. mdcards4life says: Aug 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    finally some good news out of cardinals, Skelton may not be a solid qb by any stretch of the imagination but he not afraid to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball down field. i believe all this kid needs is an opportunity to develop in at least a good qb. I’m a cardinal fan and when they pulled off the kolb trade i was beyond pissed off. this wasnt by no means a whiz qb or he was the reason he was brung in. Lets be honest… Fitz was going into his last yr of is contract last. He said he wanted a qb that lead this team, Fitz said he wanted Kolb, the front office was a limbo here, the pressure of delivering a qb for fitz or he would walk and the team would get nothing in return, he has a no trade clause. You people if you wanna blame and point fingers then blame Fitz and the front office for the trade and horrundous contract. i was already pissed that we had him but the damn front office gave him a contract without proving himself, FYI kolb was traded with still one yr on hus contract for a mear 2mil. the front office should of let him play out his contract and if he exceeded expectation then he would be warrent for a bigger contract. sorry just dissapointent at the front office but Keep Whiz out of this fellas. in the draft of 2010 he traded up to get Skelton that is the guy he wanted but never had a chance to develop properly. Please pack your bags and leave Kolb thanks for nothing. oh and one other thing… your Freaking Eagle fans love to talk so much crap but haven’t proven a thing, as i can recall we have beatin you in the 2008 conferance and last yr with Skelton!!! can’t we beat you again this year douche bags!

  31. warhammer420 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:46 AM

    It was a terrible move to trade for Kolb.

  32. k0mbucha says: Aug 14, 2012 10:47 AM

    I feel for Cardinal fans and especially Fitz who deserves to have a quality QB to play with.

    It’s possible the Cardinals may be in the Matt Barkley sweepstakes next year.

  33. scoops1 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:05 AM

    If clay Matthews didn’t give kolb a concussion way back when, none of this would be going on

  34. FinFan68 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:08 AM

    I blame the HC for their QB woes. Leinart may not have been flashy but he was at least competent. Whisenhunt had an issue with him, sabotaged any chance he had and then chose Anderson. ML is better than Kolb and Skelton. Many “experts” said Kolb was the real deal (just like they did with Flynn–we’ll see) but I remember most fans were saying he was not a starter caliber QB. Guess who was right. I don’t feel sorry for Kolb; he got a huge payday for almost nothing and he does not need to work again. Cards fans have got to be sick. As a Dolphin fan I am acutely aware of the failed Eagles back-up routine and the haphazard search for a franchise QB. I hope Skelton matures into a capable starter but Kolb likely will not. Get rid of whiz.

  35. truths4all says: Aug 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    Come on guys, let’s keep things in perspective. When Warner retired because he feared for his health after he finally realized the Offensive Line was getting worse and other teams figured out how to really attack the O-Line to get to him. The Cards were ready for Leinart to emerge and be the franchise QB. Leinart then somehow changed and became timid, prefering to wallow in the short passing game and second guess Whiz in his analysis of DA. Leinart loss that contest as well and Whiz sent him packing leaving DA the starter by default. BTW, Whiz wanted to add Charlie Whitehurst to come in and compete with Leinart before any other QB choices. When the Front Office said no to Whitehurst (good thing, right?), they then signed DA who ran for his life behind the horrendous Offensive Line (tidbit – DA spent the entire season with an internal bleeding injury as it could not heal until he got bedrest). Since Skelton was a totally raw prospect from that non-football powerhouse of Fordham, it is easy to conclude he was several years away from competing for a regular starting role, especially since his first OTA was spent climbing up to football competency from his Fordham level, worked sparingly with the reserves in his first training camp (DA, Bartel, and Max Hall got all of the attention and snaps), missed out on his real OTA opportunity due to the lockout, and wasted his training camp as all resources when to bring Kolb up to speed. Keeping all of this in mind, no one should fault the Cards for trading for Kolb, but it is entirely valid to criticize the new contract they awarded him. Someone outsmarted themselves in thinking they had a franchise QB and wanted to lock him up for years to come at today’s dollars. The acquisition of Kolb was not a bad move (except for the failure to see that his skillset really only works in a WCO and not Whiz’s complex offense that only a HOF level QB like Warner can make hum). The silver lining for the Cards is the unexpected and continued development of their 5th round draft pick project who may be on the verge of his first breakout year now that he finally has the foundation and training needed to execute Whiz’ offense.

  36. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    @mrfrostyj

    Your last sentence was a very foolish one. This has nothing to do with coaching, this has everything to do with decison making. They could of had both PP and either Dalton or Mallet, had they just kept their pick. I don’t know how you dragged John Fox into this, Fox had a nealry flawless Delhome until his Playoff melt-down, and then he went with Clausen, and was left to walk. If you honestly think the new regime in Carolina is the reason for Cam’s success, then would you belive that the world is actually flat, and we could sail into oblivion? The biggest problem right now in Arizona is the Offensive line. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a Tier-2 QB, but he wouldn’t be without the Offensive line in front of him. I do agree with the poster about Matt Bakley, that could be the thing this team needs to turn it all around. The defense can hang with anybody, secondary scoring is their, if they can atleast have a competent QB, regardless of how conservative, they could be right back in the thick of things.

  37. thatsrightmike says: Aug 14, 2012 11:21 AM

    Regardless of who wins out Kolb will be gone from the team after this year. The front office didn’t do all bad since they front loaded the guaranteed part of his contract. He’s supposed to make what $7M this year with $5M of it guaranteed? So the Cardinals net paying $2M for a backup – high but not unprecedented. The Cards owe him nothing after this year… buh-bye.

  38. mancave001 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    fattyriver says:
    Aug 14, 2012 10:41 AM
    Huge mistake by the cardinals front office. If you see enough in a guy to pay him 63 million than there shouldn’t be a quarterback competition you have to give him a chance to play. From day 1 they seemed to doubt kolb. Why make such a big trade and sign him to a big contract if you aren’t going to believe in him. Feel bad for cards fans
    —————————————————-

    Finally, a voice of reason. I totally agree. Pulling Kolb now would be a massive mistake. He STILL has not had a real chance to play. They’ve had him for one season…something that occurred after no real offseason and when he was put into a new system (the team also was simply not good). They should give him 1/2 a year MINIMUM to develop in their system.

  39. barbeaux says: Aug 14, 2012 11:27 AM

    Why was there no SkeltonMania? Didn’t he do about the same as or better than Tebow in regards to in game stats?

  40. flaccotoboldin says: Aug 14, 2012 11:29 AM

    I feel back for Kolb AND the Cardinals

    It was a system problem and a lack of fit.

    Kolb was decent as a system passer in a WCO.

    Cardinals aren’t running that. The were trying to mirror the Steelers, except minus the good defense and a quality run game and running backs.

    The cardinals, for what they wanted to do, were never just a QB away, and even if they were, Kolb wasn’t that QB.

  41. tjjohnson98 says: Aug 14, 2012 12:05 PM

    Matt Cassel thinks Kevin Kolb is a giant waste of money.

  42. realdealsteel says: Aug 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    The most significant thing to come out of preseason so far is that upon Kevin Kolb’s first pass (interception) he solidified Arizona selecting Matt Barkley in next year’s draft.

  43. fordmandalay says: Aug 14, 2012 12:51 PM

    Going to be another wasted year for Fitzgerald, how many more of those can he afford? Sad to say, in another 10 years we’ll all think back on him and say “Remember that Fitzgerald guy? He could have been a HOFer, if only…”

  44. whereyaat says: Aug 14, 2012 1:12 PM

    I love how this board is full of suckers saying that the Cards are in shambles and that they must pay out all $63 million.

    As one savvy poster noted – only $21 million is guaranteed. Still a costly mistake, and hardly $63 million.

    Secondly, this team is not in “shambles.” They beat the 49ers, and the Ravens and Giants both needed last-minute TDs to beat the Cards. Keep in mind that this was an 8-8 team WITH Kolb starting half the games.

    Or you could continue to ignore posts like these and keep wondering why the Cards keep covering those pesky spreads.

  45. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 14, 2012 1:20 PM

    There’s a lot of Captain Hindsight’s around here. Where were all of you back when this trade went down? I bet if I took the time to look up the article announcing when Kolb became a Cardinal, most of you were calling it an awesome move.

  46. eagles1978 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:26 PM

    It is about coaching as well as talent…if the O-line is horrible and the QBs suck then the coaches need to adjust the plays to maximize the effectiveness of their players…Reid made Kolb and others look good with a scheme and Whiz is making them look bad with his

  47. fmwarner says: Aug 14, 2012 1:34 PM

    mrfrostyj says: Aug 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Not saying that Kolb was ever a good QB as I never thought he was that impressive in Phili and always thought he was a product of the free agency hype machine (see Matt Flynn this year who had all of 1 good game which is 1 more than Kolb had in Philly).
    =================================

    Is that a fact? Kolb won NFC Player Of The Week twice in 7 starts with the Eagles. He was the first QB in the history of the NFL to throw for 300+ yards in his first two starts. I’m not saying the Cardinals made a good trade. They didn’t. But hindsight is 20/20, and Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t the only guy in the NFL who thought Kolb could play.

  48. FinFan68 says: Aug 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Aug 14, 2012 1:20 PM
    There’s a lot of Captain Hindsight’s around here. Where were all of you back when this trade went down? I bet if I took the time to look up the article announcing when Kolb became a Cardinal, most of you were calling it an awesome move.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I think you will be quite surprised if you actually look it up. The majority of “Captain Hindsights” were laughing about the trade and saying the Cards messed up…and then laughed even harder when they gave him a big contract. Many fans knew it was a bad move and said as much back then.

  49. tdk24 says: Aug 14, 2012 3:21 PM

    Where they were drafted aside, is Kolb now a bigger bust than JaMarcus?

  50. chadmiddleton says: Aug 14, 2012 3:23 PM

    i hate to say it but I think i’d bring in McNabb too. What’s the worse that could happen? Besides he’s always good for about the first 4 wins of the season. Then Skelton can come in for mop up duty. The cards running game will be better than people think.

  51. theuglitruth says: Aug 14, 2012 3:45 PM

    The sign hanging in Kolb’s lockers says “I’d rather be fishing!”.

  52. realfootballfan says: Aug 14, 2012 3:51 PM

    Do Cardinal fans realize yet that Whisenhunt doesn’t have a clue?

    Can’t live off of slightly above average seasons, one of which led to a Super Bowl run with a QB that you didn’t bring in forever.

    Certainly can’t live off of the Dennis Green draft picks much longer since most of them are gone.

  53. theuglitruth says: Aug 14, 2012 3:55 PM

    Can’t really feel that bad for Fitzgerald…he actually mentioned KOLB as a potential QB they needed when he was negotiating his last contract to the media.

  54. mrfrostyj says: Aug 14, 2012 4:05 PM

    fmwarner says:

    Is that a fact? Kolb won NFC Player Of The Week twice in 7 starts with the Eagles. He was the first QB in the history of the NFL to throw for 300+ yards in his first two starts. I’m not saying the Cardinals made a good trade. They didn’t. But hindsight is 20/20, and Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t the only guy in the NFL who thought Kolb could play.

    =================================

    And Derek Anderson holds all kinds of Browns single season and single game passing records, went to the pro bowl and lead that team to the best record they’ve had in the past 20 years. You know what Anderson and Kolb have in common. The team they achieved those accomplishments for (and the fans of those team) both knew that the players around those average QB’s were the reason the QB’s numbers were inflated and not the QB’s themselves. The Eagles made the superbowl off the arm of Jeff Garcia for crying out loud. Even McNabb crashed outside of that offense. It’s not hind site when people were saying it BEFORE the trade.

  55. mrfrostyj says: Aug 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Aug 14, 2012 11:20 AM

    I don’t know how you dragged John Fox into this, Fox had a nealry flawless Delhome until his Playoff melt-down, and then he went with Clausen, and was left to walk. If you honestly think the new regime in Carolina is the reason for Cam’s success, then would you belive that the world is actually flat, and we could sail into oblivion?

    ===================================

    It’s very simple as what happened to the Panthers is exactly what’s going on with the Cardinals now (but instead of cutting the rope like the Panthers did, Cards front office is going off to Home Depot to find more for Whiz to hang himself with). The key you said was Jake Delhommes PLAYOFF meltdown. Playoff meaning they won enough games to go to the post season. After that year the team “only” went 8-8 (a goal for them to get back to now) and Fox fired his offensive coordinator because he thought the teams running game wasn’t good enough and threw Jake Delhomme under the bus to save his own job. When their new absolutely HORRIBLE run first offense barely registered a win no matter who was thrown in there because of how predictable their passing game became, the Panthers brass smartened up. If it was Delhommes and OC Hennigs fault that the team only got 8 wins, it much have been Fox’s fault those 8 wins became 2 wins the next year once those two were shown the door.

    The only difference here being the team actually performs well with Skelton yet Whizenhunt keeps throwing in these high priced, over rated throw aways from other teams. That method worked so well with the 49ers, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Browns and Colts in recent seasons it’s amazing its not working for the Cardinals.

  56. jmt8251 says: Aug 14, 2012 5:57 PM

    Kevin Kolb is a bum, he is perfectly happy being the back-up as long as he is getting starter money. The only reason why he wanted out of Philly is because he would only make 1 million that next year. Those games that he played in he dinked and dunked his way into 2 nfc player of the week awards. Kolb does not like contact, he could not read defenses when he was in Philly and he had a piss poor attitude in the community of Philadelphia, he was a pre-madonna, who thought more of himself than he should. But I am glad the jerk is gone from Philly, all he did was walk the sidelines and drink gatorade. His arrogance is beyond belief. I am so glad we have DRC and that draft pick that you gave us, we got a really good player Mycal Hendricks. Good luck Arizona
    the media and Fitzgerald talked Kolb up and made it seem he was the franchise player of the future. You saw the same tapes everyone else saw and still gave him the money.

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