A four-game winning streak has become a four-game losing streak in Arizona. And the man who started the last two losses and threw a decisive interception in the overtime defeat preceding the last two losses will continue to be the quarterback.
That’s what coach Ken Whisenhunt said a day after the Cardinals mustered only three points at home against the 49ers.
Whisenhunt addressed Skelton’s status not in conjunction with the potential return of Kevin Kolb from a rib injury, but in connection with the possibility that sixth-round rookie Ryan Lindley will play.
“I don’t know where the Lindley [push] is coming from,” Whisenhunt said.
Though we’re aware of no coordinated “push,” it’s not surprising that folks would be wondering whether Lindley will get a chance. After all, Whisenhunt ultimately went with a couple of rookie in 2010, after Kurt Warner retired, Matt Leinart was jettisoned, and Derek Anderson proved that he’s the answer only if the question was “Who’ll be the first guy benched this year?”
That season, Max Hall started three games and Skelton started four. So why not Lindley now?
The alternative would be to try to upgrade the position via trade. But no quarterbacks are believed to be available. Unless the Eagles decide not only to bench but also to part ways with Michael Vick.