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John Skelton: No reason Cardinals can’t top 49ers in NFC West


The 49ers won the NFC West last year and are favored to win it again this year, but Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has other ideas.

Skelton said on the Dan Patrick Show that his expectations are high, and he expects to be hosting a playoff game in January.

“As long as we come out and we start fast — last year we kind of put ourselves in a hole, starting 1-6 — but if we come out fast, we win the games we know we need to win, we do well in our division, there’s no reason we can’t win the division, knock the Niners off and make it into the playoffs,” Skelton said.

Skelton is being generous when he says “we” started 1-6 last year: Skelton didn’t take a single snap in any of those first seven games. It was Kevin Kolb who led the Cardinals to a 1-6 start in 2011. The Cardinals went 6-2 in their eight games with Skelton at quarterback, including a big win over the 49ers when Skelton entered the game after Kolb got knocked out after throwing just one pass, so it’s easy to see why Skelton feels confident that they can be a winning team this year, when he’s starting the season as the starting quarterback.

Still, topping the 49ers in the NFC West is going to be a tall order for the Cardinals. Even if they have a better chance of doing it with Skelton than with Kolb.

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78 Responses to “John Skelton: No reason Cardinals can’t top 49ers in NFC West”
  1. myvickinabox14 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:08 AM

    Except for this little thing called the San Francisco 49’s!!!

  2. madmanleo says: Sep 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    Oh man I, thanks Skelton, I needed the laugh.

  3. bhop49 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    I’ll give you a reason John, you are the best they could come up with at quarterback.

  4. soia311 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    There are two reasons why they can’t top the 49ers. Him and his buddy Kevin.

  5. supremekingz says: Sep 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    It ain’t happening

  6. gucciseki7 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    Haha oooookayyyy dude!!…..

  7. NoobTubeTV says: Sep 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    Time to lay off that peyote.

  8. nyninerfan says: Sep 5, 2012 11:12 AM

    Somebody needs to drug test this dude asap.

  9. schmitty2 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    Actually if they had a decent QB, Rb’s who werent hurt all the time and at least one OL who had even some remote talent then perhaps they would have a chance

  10. 4evrnyt says: Sep 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    Actually there is a very good reason, it’s because you guys are terrible.

  11. kreedos says: Sep 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    When you are a part of a team, its always “we”. That’s showing some leadership on Skeltons part.

    If the Cards go out and beat the Seahawks in week 1 at home, then I’d give them a solid chance at splitting the series agains the 49ers.

    Time will tell.

  12. ninerdynasty says: Sep 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    He needs to worry about the hawks first.

  13. medtxpack says: Sep 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    Cardinals will be basement dwellers until both of those QBs and Winsehunt are gone.

  14. rr2000k says: Sep 5, 2012 11:15 AM

    …other than the fact that you and Kolb are the QB’s.

  15. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    There’s no reason to be afraid of SF. They have an average football team outside of those LBers and are below average at QB. What you saw vs the Broncos in the 1st quarter is what you’ll be getting this year…in other words, lots of losing because 2011 was a big, fat fluke/mirrage.

  16. pantherpro says: Sep 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Put down the blunt Skelton! You will be lucky to have five wins! Meanwhile, Niners win the Super Bowl. Goals are great but start off with something more realistic and you might gain some credibility!

  17. truths4all says: Sep 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    Its a new season – anything can and will happen.

    BTW, who out there believes the 49ers will again have a repeat Cinderella season where they get virtually every turnover, get every important call from the refs, get every important non-call in their favor from the refs, get almost every bounce in their favor, Smith keeps his turnovers down, and the team remains injury free?

    We are not talking about the Patriots or the Colts with Manning in his prime, we are talking about how last season’s luckiest NFL team is going to do this season with a target on its back.

  18. finfan1622 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    No reason? I’ll give you two, QB play and Oline.

  19. xsfmed says: Sep 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    Bahahahaha! C’mon dude!

  20. squrlmoos1 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….. Yeah John, no reason you can’t top the Niner’s… None at all.

  21. dccowboy says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    LOL, I can think of more than a few reasons why they can’t.

  22. Nevis says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    Except the part where they have no Oline or QB. Small details.

  23. packerrube13 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    Well, there are many reasons actually.

  24. sasquatchery says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    Atta boy, John!

  25. mittywalter says: Sep 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    Big words from Big John Skelton.

    At this point the speculation is redundant. Cardinals will be the worst team in the league, Seattle’s QB is HOF bound after one preseason, and the 49ers are untouchable — all facts you’ve no doubt heard through sites like this.

    Let’s wait until Sunday then let’s talk.

  26. sj39 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    Love the Niners fans who think that one year (a lucky one at that) makes a dynasty. You crack me up.

  27. thehighhat says: Sep 5, 2012 11:25 AM

    He’ll be lucky if he survives Seattle week one.

  28. tennis22drew says: Sep 5, 2012 11:29 AM


    Every important call? How about the Giant’s fumble in the NFC championship?

  29. sdb0ltz says: Sep 5, 2012 11:30 AM

    Meanwhile Larry Fitzgerald puts in his request to be traded…

  30. blackfootkiller says: Sep 5, 2012 11:30 AM

    Got to give him credit for being upbeat and ready to go…Considering the state of that offensive line…
    The word ‘delusion’ comes to mind.

  31. dwoofer says: Sep 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    Funny how everybody can predict the future. I thought that’s why we had a season.

  32. californiadon says: Sep 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    With the bad decisions this team’s coaching staff has made over the years, this team will end up at home during the playoffs again! As a season seat holder for this pathetic example of a team (Az Cardinals) it saddens me (especially my wallet) to say that!

  33. kreedos says: Sep 5, 2012 11:32 AM

    the Niner fans are heavy in here, or should I say the Cardinals haters. Dont be mad that one of the few niner losses last year came at the hands of the Cardinals HA!

  34. goldrush36 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    Love the rams fan that thinks he has any room to talk about at least 29 other franchises in the NFL. Talk about cracking someone up

  35. pixelito says: Sep 5, 2012 11:37 AM

    If the 49ers can win with Alex Smith, anything is possible.

  36. m2karateman says: Sep 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    Let me give you a list of reasons John:

    Their linebackers
    Their receivers
    Their offensive line
    Their running game
    Their secondary
    Their defensive line
    Your offensive line
    Your running game
    Your receivers (other than Fitz)
    Your coach
    Your backup

    Not necessarily in that order…….

  37. scoobaj says: Sep 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    they might top the 9er’s this year who will return to their regular 8-8 form, but they won’t top this years top sleeper pick seahawks

  38. bordner says: Sep 5, 2012 11:45 AM

    Makes sense to me –

    Niners and the Rams battle it out for last place

  39. vermonator says: Sep 5, 2012 11:46 AM

    Sure, why not, it could happen… and I could win the lotto too. You can argue that Alex Smith is no better and all that but the Cardinals have two back-up quarterbacks in Skelton and Kolb and a subpar defense. If it were not for Fitzgerald they would have Andrew Luck on their roster and maybe then they would have a point. I predict the Cardinals are no better than 3rd in their conference but I think there is a better chance they have the worst record in the league.

  40. redandgoldeverything says: Sep 5, 2012 11:52 AM

    Love the “fans”, who claim luck carried the NINERS to their fluke season last year. Haha en route to having one of the most dominant defenses, an offense that didn’t beat itself, and losing a game to an “elite” qb by a few muffed punts and a fumble that was not called but ruled “forward progress had been stopped”. Time will tell indeed, But I keep wondering how a 13-3 49er with a whole defense returning and a totally revamped offense, is supposed to decline..even fall behind, the birds of the division?

    Very funny, good one @sj39 @truths4all. You guys must be in the same rotation with this clown Skelton. Cheers to a slugfest lol between the birdies this weekend..totally trumps that game in lambeau, totally. Hahaha

  41. oreo51 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:55 AM

    Glad to see he is looking past this weeks game with the Seahawks.

  42. mikesmajormojo says: Sep 5, 2012 12:02 PM

    Lot’s of talk, talk, talk here. Why don’t we see them put on the pads week 1 and play first and then see where the Cards fall before anyone gets their panties all up in a bunch.

  43. insanelomein2 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    Only if Boldin and Warner returned to the Cards this season.

  44. banvard316 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    What is Skelton supposed to say? “yeah, we got no shot.”? To the poster that listed all the reasons the Cards wouldn’t be better then the 9ers and dare list wrs as a reason…thanks for the laugh dude. Fitz is better then Divatree, Manningham, and Moss put together.

  45. bcb1999 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:08 PM

    Title should be:

    “John Skelton: The reason Cardinals can’t top 49ers in NFC West”

  46. jsnrobles1 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:09 PM

    Hey John I’ll give you two reasons, you and Kevin. What a mistake that was. The Eagles hosed you on that one. Neither one of you can throw the ball consistently. I really feel sorry for Larry. Bet he wishes he could take a redo on that one. If I were the cardinals I would throw a line to David Garrard and see what he’s upto. At least he is a proven vet. Kevin, John, Sanchez, Tebow need to find something else to do cause none of y’all can play and your just taking up roster spot from people who can actually play.

  47. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Sep 5, 2012 12:13 PM

    Uh, yes there is actually. Worse offensive line, worse defensive line, worse LBs, worse secondary, worse tacklers, worse overall defense, worse overall players…..worse owners…..etc….

  48. Nevis says: Sep 5, 2012 12:18 PM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 11:23 AM
    Love the Niners fans who think that one year (a lucky one at that) makes a dynasty. You crack me up.


    Right, thinking the Cards won’t be a player in the NFC West automatically means Niner fans think they’re a dynasty.

    Oh wait, you just made that up out of thin air.

  49. jimiinpa says: Sep 5, 2012 12:20 PM

    i can think of one reason…no talent

  50. seahawks4alltime says: Sep 5, 2012 12:32 PM

    There are three reasons why it will be difficult for the Cardinals to win the NFC West… 49ers, Seahawks, and yes even the Rams. This should shake out to be a fun year for the NFC West. Personally I’m looking forward to December when the Seahawks play the rest of the NFC West. It’s going to be a fun month with playoff implications. Specifically that game between the 9ers and the Hawks.

  51. sevdolo says: Sep 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    News flash – 9ers are a dynasty – one of the first in fact regardless of how long it’s taken to get back to relevancy – still more ringd after an 18 yr hiatus than sny of you hatin jealous clowns franchises other than one and 9ers have a damn good chance is getting that 6th ring in the near future so say what you will to make yourselves feel better – my squad was still one of the first dynasty modeled after storied franchises with successful Bill Walsh tree coaches scattered through the league including the Packers head coach and we’re back so say what you will – it’s irrelevant

  52. radrntn says: Sep 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    well it is possible, if willis, bowman, staley , iupati, and and v davis get injured, and more importantly if Alex Smith stays healthy….then they have a chance.

  53. jgrange says: Sep 5, 2012 12:38 PM

    I think Skelton just earned a roster spot in the substance abuse program after these statements.

  54. burlbradley says: Sep 5, 2012 12:41 PM

    No reason the Cardinals can’t top 49 total points for the season.

  55. sj39 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:56 PM

    Wow, and here I thought the 12th Woman threw a hissy fit if you said anything derogatory about her precious little team. Looks like the California Girls have her beat. These next few ten years or so are going to be fun.

  56. sevdolo says: Sep 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    Get some rings until then it’s hot air

  57. liddogg33 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:19 PM

    Skelton is going to have his soul stripped and crushed this coming Sunday.. The Seahawks are going to show him 2 things…

    1. His Oline is TERRIBLE
    2. Seattle is by far the most improved team in the LEAGUE!!

    Seattle 31
    Arizona 7

  58. essentialsausage says: Sep 5, 2012 1:19 PM

    There’s no reason except for having a worse team in almost every way that they can’t top the 49ers.

  59. raideralex99 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:46 PM

    Skelton and Russell Wilson should shut up and stick to playing football … win afew games win afew playoff games and then you can talk the talk.

  60. corvaninerfan says: Sep 5, 2012 1:46 PM

    Dear John Skelton…beg to differ, dude. There’s one big reason that won’t happen…the Niners are a superior team to your Cardinals. Nuff said.

  61. mtnwizard says: Sep 5, 2012 1:52 PM

    Here are seven reasons, John:
    Isaac Sopoaga
    Justin Smith
    Ray McDonald
    Patrick Willis
    Navarro Bowman
    Aldon Smith
    Ahmad Brooks

  62. haansel82 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:00 PM

    To be honest, I still have zero respect for Alex Smith. If the 49ers struggle at all this season, it will be because of his decisions. Coach knows this, that is why Gore, Jacobs, Hunter, and James are going to run the ball for 60% of the plays this year. Its going to be hard to stack the box with Randy and Vernon running down-field. Skelton on the other hand is worse than Smith, his RB is worse, his receivers may be better (never doubt Fitz), but his TE is worse, his defense is worse, and his coach is a moron. No competent coach keeps Kevin Kolb on a roster after seeing him play.

  63. WestCoastVet says: Sep 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    “last year we kind of put ourselves in a hole, starting 1-6”

    That’s an understatement…

    You may win one of your two games against the Niners this year but that doesn’t mean you’ll win the division. I’m reading the comments here and I seem to notice a trend of saying Arizona has no Oline. Well, guess what, the 49ers defense is the best in the league. Aldon Smith is going to be in your backfield more than your running backs. Fitz may smoke our corners from time to time but he’s a HOF bound receiver, so that’s just going to happen. But he can’t catch a ball that isn’t thrown because your QB is on the ground. Sorry, Charlie. 49ers are going back to get some revenge in the post-season.

  64. bubba9er says: Sep 5, 2012 2:18 PM

    Does anyone even remember last season? The 49ers lost 3 games by a combined 15 points. 15 points! There were some very close ones that they did win, but they lost 3 games by 15 points combined.

    Yes, they won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, but they have actually improved the team and had an entire off season to prepare and install the rest of the defense and offense. At what point will people stop calling it a fluke?

  65. despenc925 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:25 PM

    the only way the cards can win is if they bring Kurt Warner out if retirement!

  66. 49erstim says: Sep 5, 2012 2:32 PM

    I like hearing this from him. Never go into the season talking about placing, always talk winning!

  67. Spencer says: Sep 5, 2012 2:40 PM

    I can’t blame him for trying to show some confidence, however misguided his expectations are, as he is the new leader of the team and is trying to step into that role.

  68. westclaims says: Sep 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    It happened last year with Skelton at QB. Niners got beat. That means it is possible for it to happen again. Everything else is irrelevant.

  69. ericylz says: Sep 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    John Skelton’s qb rating in the 4th quater was above 100. He is physically capable of being a good quarterback. He is the starter now and will get the reps he needs. People forget that the cards went 7-2 with Skelton last year. If he can manage games and keep the turnovers down, there may be hope with this defense. The 49ers and Cardinals are pretty similar teams, really. Any 49er fan who wants to argue that needs to chill. ONE YEAR, take it easy!

  70. jtputzy says: Sep 5, 2012 3:10 PM

    Niners BIG TIME fluke last year. Cards will pull the win after beating the Jawks.

  71. diehardcard says: Sep 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Nice to see all the 49er fans have such confidence in Alex Smith, of all people. What’s more likely, that last year was the true Alex Smith, or that every other year of his career was the true Alex Smith? Good luck with that.

  72. delusionalcardsfan says: Sep 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    For everyone saying that the cards have no chance against SF, remember a Skelton lead Cardinals team split the series last year. Only time will tell but if Alex Smith can get to the playoffs, so can Skeleton. Great leadership dude! Go Cards!

  73. citynative says: Sep 5, 2012 4:33 PM

    sj39 says:

    Love the Niners fans who think that one year (a lucky one at that) makes a dynasty. You crack me up.

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Crack me up? You are the one who has jokes. Do you think anyone in a fanbase that is 5-0 in Super Bowls and is one of the original dynasties thinks one year is a dynasty? And how is 13-3 luck? Was the Cardinals one Super Bowl appearance luck?

  74. mtnwizard says: Sep 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    diehardcard: There’s one other thing that’s different from every other year. He’s not playing under Nolan or Singletary. He’s playing under Harbaugh. Just pray that Kaepernick doesn’t get in. He’ll burn you guys.

    As to the Niners losing to Skelton last season, put an * after that one. The Niners had already wrapped up the division and rested some starters. They were leading after 3 quarters and just bagged it. It was a meaningless game.

  75. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:43 PM

    Last year was a fluke for SF. The Cards will be a .500, but the Seabags are going to win the NFC West.

  76. discosucs2005 says: Sep 5, 2012 6:15 PM

    The only team in the NFC West that has no ground to make fun of Smith at QB.

  77. 9ueenbee says: Sep 5, 2012 7:16 PM

    NFC west is going to be the battle between SF & SEA. Nobody cares about what Cards’ players or fans said. Actually their season is over before the season begins.

  78. florio4prez says: Sep 6, 2012 2:54 AM

    It is so much fun to be able to follow the Cards up close and personal. They truly are a leading candidate for the worst professional sports franchise of all time.

    To think that Fitz lobbied for Kolb. To think these nuts signed Kolb and paid him all of that guaranteed money.

    Priceless stuff all the time!

    PS: Do you think Skelton even knows the Cards are home opener dogs to the lowly Seahawks?

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