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Ken Whisenhunt admits Cardinals QB situation murkier after Thursday

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If the Cardinals were looking for clarity in their quarterback situation on Thursday night against the Titans, they didn’t get it.

Thanks to poor play from the offensive line, John Skelton didn’t get many chances to run the offense but he threw an interception when he did. Kevin Kolb got better protection and produced more offense, but he threw two bad picks that linger as the main takeaways from his outing. That led to a question for coach Ken Whisenhunt about whether the outlook at quarterback was murkier after the game.

“It sure seems that way,” Whisenhunt said, via Darren Urban of the team’s website.

Whisenhunt said that he wouldn’t make a complete evaluation on either man’s play until he had a chance to look at the tape, but he’s unlikely to find much to create confidence in either quarterback. Each quarterback has had ample opportunities to win the job at this point and neither one has stepped forward to grab control of the job.

That’s why there will continue to be chatter about the Cardinals looking for another option under center in the coming days. The old saying goes that when you have two quarterbacks, you don’t actually have any. Unless Arizona lands an answer at the position, that saying may never be more true than it is in Arizona this season.

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33 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt admits Cardinals QB situation murkier after Thursday”
  1. silverhornet says: Aug 24, 2012 11:10 AM

    Currently they are the favorites in the Matt Barkley sweepstakes.

  2. maximusprime107 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:10 AM

    They might as well throw Ryan Lindley into the mix

  3. tjacks7 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    It’s not any different, you still have two terrible QBs. Same as before.

  4. cedaly1968 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    Troy Smith is looking for a place to happen… good arm strength and great mobility. He has played an won at the NFL level with Baltimore and the 49er’s.

  5. trojanwarrior007 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:17 AM

    instead of focusing on the QB situation, the Cards should look to a team with good O-Line depth and make a deal. any QB with that line will be horrible.

  6. steelersownyou says: Aug 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    Dennis Dixon…Whisenhunt loves all our scraps! Mine as well take another one!

  7. atomicpunk says: Aug 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    Murkier ? with that OL Kolb is scared to death and Skelton is a INT machine should have drafted some OL going to be another long season in the desert.

  8. realitypolice says: Aug 24, 2012 11:22 AM

    Skelton may be a better pocket passer than Kolb, but if you haven’t noticed, the Cardinals O-line doesn’t appear capable of actually creating a pocket.

    Kolb is the better fit right now because he has much better ability to get out of the pocket and throw on the run.

    And apparently, Cardinals Qbs are going to be on the run alot this year.

  9. savocabol1 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:26 AM

    It is amazing how any QB with Larry Fitz on their team is bad.

    Throw it to him everytime…oh wait he is double teamed, then throw it to the other guys open.

  10. clusterfu says: Aug 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Paging Matt Leinert. Paging Matt Leinert. All is forgiven.

  11. omniscient48 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:39 AM

    Why in the heck did you draft Ryan Lindley if you are not even going to give him a chance with the 1st teamers?

    Larry Fitzgerald must be placed on suicide watch.

  12. therealstan says: Aug 24, 2012 11:42 AM

    They could take a play (and player) out of the Seahawks playbook and sign Tavaris Jackson. Division rivals, so it wont happen, but T-Jack is about the only one available at this time unless they lure someone outta retirement.

  13. macklinr61 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    Wait another eight days, Josh Johnson or Scott Tolzien will be available. Niners need to find a way to keep them out of the NFC West!

  14. ajschn06 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    I don’t feel even a little bit sorry for the Cardinals at this point. With lots of guys on the board that could have helped the O-line or other positions of need, they did what Larry wanted and took Floyd. Look no further than that for the terrible season they are about to have…

  15. fu7ur3pr00f says: Aug 24, 2012 12:04 PM

    Why did Fitzgerald ever sign that extensions?
    Besides the ridiculous money, he’s the top receiver in the game, and he commits for the rest of his career to an organization without a Quarterback?

  16. ptmontes says: Aug 24, 2012 12:08 PM

    I think cardinals shud just let the qb situation just develop .. And concetrate on the O line and left tackle postion ,,,

  17. jumpball81td says: Aug 24, 2012 12:08 PM

    Does anyone know McNabb’s phone number? (sigh)

  18. supesfan34 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    So who would’ve figured that Whisenhunt’s biggest screw-up was letting Leinart go….

  19. filmex2000 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:12 PM

    Last season the Cards gave up more sacks when opposing teams rushed four or fewer guys than any other team in the league.

    In other words, defenses didn’t even need to blitz to get to the QB. So how did the team shore up its O-line? They drafted a receiver out of Notre Dame! They can’t get the ball to Fitz or Early Doucet, so drafting another receiver is the answer??

    And if they felt they needed another receiver so badly, why didn’t they just pay Anquan Bolden or Steve Breaston?

    Meanwhile, David Decastro, All-Everything out of Stanford, whom they should have taken is already looking like an All-Pro on the O-line with the Steelers.

    The Cards are merely going to tread water, never improve, as long as Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves are making the decisions.

  20. prince5000 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:19 PM

    It’s a little late for a solution at this point. Only one that makes any sense: 2013 NFL Draft.

  21. mrplow3 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Two words:

    Daunte. Culpepper

    He has has something neither Skelton or Kolb have, a rocket for an arm. Tell me he couldn’t just chuck the ball up there for Fitz.

    Call him, why not?

  22. rayvens says: Aug 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Stop it with O-line is terrible comments…if the QB sucks he sucks!

    Didnt Aaron Rodger leade the league in sacks 2yrs ago?…and I don’t think he looked anywhere close to as bad as these two idiots.

  23. flaccounibrow says: Aug 24, 2012 12:34 PM

    The Steelers will take a 2nd rounder for Leftwich….Just kidding. I would however see if Colt Mccoy could be had on the cheap. He never had a chance in cleveland, and I would love to see him do well after leaving that train wreck of a team.

  24. misswestbrook says: Aug 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Screw it the Cardinals just need to open tryouts and make modern day Vince Papale story out of the quarterback position in the desert.

  25. rajbais says: Aug 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    Whisenhunt’s job status should be even murkier!!!

    He was better off trading for Carson Palmer because a 1st & 2nd rd pick is very similar to DRC and a 2nd rd pick. Plus, you’re better off having a healthy turnover prone QB than an unhealthy one.

  26. NancyNancy says: Aug 24, 2012 1:13 PM

    How can they seriously expect ANYONE to even marginally succeed with that OL? Even Peyton Manning would be dead in the water back there! Plus, from what I saw, Whisenhunt continuously called all passing plays for almost every possession…at least until the first half was almost over. Stop blaming the QB and come up with some sort of game plan to take the heat off of the QB! Kolb is getting a raw deal out there in AZ and NO QB has the chance to be successful on that team or in that system!

  27. trollhammer20 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:33 PM

    fu7ur3pr00f says:
    Aug 24, 2012 12:04 PM
    Why did Fitzgerald ever sign that extensions?
    Besides the ridiculous money, he’s the top receiver in the game, and he commits for the rest of his career to an organization without a Quarterback?
    _________________________________

    Half the reason the Cards invested a second rounder, DRC, and $60 million in acquiring Kevin Kolb is they wanted to show Larry they were willing to do what it takes to get him a quality QB. Notice that he signed his extention only a few weeks after they got Kolb.

    Of course, that was done on the assumption that Kolb was going to be worth the treasure they gave up to get him. So far, he hasn’t been.

    Also, the fact the Cards are spending so much on QB and WR might be affecting their ability to spend money on the offensive line, although, when you look at their drafts over the past several years, they haven’t been bringing in young talent for the o-line, and right now, that’s costing them dearly.

  28. joepescisballs says: Aug 24, 2012 2:02 PM

    “Of course, that was done on the assumption that Kolb was going to be worth the treasure they gave up to get him. So far, he hasn’t been.”

    ————
    He was better off trading for Carson Palmer because a 1st & 2nd rd pick is very similar to DRC and a 2nd rd pick.

    —————————————————–

    Oh for the love of God, no. DRC is a head-case and didn’t like tackling. Two very bad traits in an allegedly #1 Corner.

    The 2nd round pick hurt, but hey, when you’re looking to trade for a QB, you have to give up something.

    As far as his contract goes, well, starting QBs make that kind of money. It’s not like they would’ve saved any money with anyone else. They had to sign Kolb to a long term deal or Fitz would’ve walked. It’s that simple. Considering what the Cardinals would’ve lost had Fitz walked — in both a player and their public perception — this deal had to get done.

    The Cardinals weren’t fleeced by any stretch of the imagination. They basically got Kolb for a second round pick. It was a gamble, but hey, what are you going to do?

  29. bigwillie99 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:57 PM

    I say trade Fitzgerald for 1st and 2nd next year, and use to beef up the O-line. This team is going to be bad for years, so they may as well start the rebuilding now.

  30. thehighhat says: Aug 24, 2012 5:40 PM

    Fitzgerald wanted Kolb, and then he wanted Floyd. Fitz may be a Hall of Fame receiver but he’s an awful GM!

  31. dan39564 says: Aug 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    Isn’t McNabb looking for a Job, he used to be a pretty good scrambler!

  32. chazatlas says: Aug 24, 2012 7:45 PM

    And to think just last year some Panther fans wanted to trade w/ Philly for Kevin Kolb and draft Nick Fairley instead of Cam Newton. Thank God that didn’t happen.

  33. lagasca7 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:19 PM

    No huddle all the way…even with a bad line it seems like Ryan Williams can make anything happen..run heavy whiz with no huddle offense or your head will be on the chopping block!!

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