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John Skelton starts Thursday, but competition isn’t over

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Monday was a big day in quarterback competitions around the NFL as Jake Locker won the job in Tennessee and Ryan Tannehill will be under center in Miami.

There’s a good reason for that. This week’s games are a dress rehearsal for the regular season, from playing time to practice reps to game planning, and teams want to have their starter take advantage of that workload. Not every team has decided on their signal caller, though.

Seattle looks ready to give Russell Wilson his first preseason action with the first team and the Cardinals say that they are still sorting things out in their camp. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that John Skelton will get the start and play into the second half against the Titans on Thursday, but cautioned that this doesn’t mean he’s won the starting job. According to Whisenhunt, it’s just his turn in the rotation with Kevin Kolb.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure or any reason to say you would have to make that decision before that game,” Whisenhunt said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “I just want to make sure we have enough situational evaluations of these players to make that decision.”

There might not be a more important situational evaluation than the one the Cardinals will make about Skelton this week. He’ll get all of the extra time and snaps that come with starting the next-to-last preseason game. Whisenhunt can say the rotation dictates the choice, but rotations can change at his whim and the fact that he’s going with Skelton speaks loudly about who has the best shot at winning the job in Arizona this season.

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7 Responses to “John Skelton starts Thursday, but competition isn’t over”
  1. stonecoldsays says: Aug 21, 2012 9:45 AM

    The loser in all this is Fitzgerald. We are watching a hall of famer’s prime being wasted before our very eyes.

  2. noeffinway says: Aug 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    Whenever you have a starting QB competition, you really don’t have a starting QB talent. I said this about Kolb two seasons ago and I still believe that. Oh, same thing goes for Flynn in Seattle.

  3. dwoofer says: Aug 21, 2012 10:16 AM

    How utterly ridiculous that a coach can’t make up his mind and see who is the better QB. Maybe Kolb CAN read a defense better, but if he is afraid to stand in the pocket, what good does it do him?
    Or maybe just maybe the coach sees his $60 million decision going down the drain along with his job.

  4. kreedos says: Aug 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    The stubbornness of Coach Whiz is amazing.

  5. r0b1b0y says: Aug 21, 2012 10:30 AM

    Skelton is the starter, quit playing silly games Arizona!

  6. slickster35 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    All of this nonsense continues to glaringly point out the greatness of Kurt Warner.

    Wiz, Haley and the whole franchise rode the back of a great QB, and they will all continue to fail without him.

  7. Nevis says: Aug 21, 2012 11:09 AM

    Cards FO should be out on the street for Kolb deal. Smelled bad then, it smells like a corpse now.

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