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No decision on Cardinals quarterback yet

Cardinals quarterback Lindley is pressured by Atlanta Falcons defensive ends Abraham and Bierman in the first half of their NFL football game in Atlanta. Reuters

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt feels good about his decision to cut back on safety Adrian Wilson’s playing time, but that hasn’t pushed him to pull the trigger on a call about his starting quarterback for this week’s game against the Rams.

Darren Urban of the team’s website reports that Whisenhunt said he needed to evaluate Sunday’s game before making a call about who would get the start in Week 12. He’s unlikely to like what he finds.

Whisenhunt pulled John Skelton in favor of rookie Ryan Lindley in the second quarter of the 23-19 loss to the Falcons after starting the game 2-of-7 for six yards.¬†Lindley wasn’t much better — 9-of-20 for 67 yards — and the Cardinals got their points thanks to LaRod Stephens-Howling on the ground and great field position off of Matt Ryan interceptions. Regardless of which guy was in, the Falcons defense didn’t seem too threatened by the passing game.

There’s a third possibility in Kevin Kolb, who has resumed throwing but not practicing while on the mend from an injury to his ribs. He’s missed four weeks since getting hurt in Week Six and there was talk about him missing “several weeks” when he initially got hurt. He’s played much better than Skelton this season, but he might not be part of the equation when Whisenhunt does make his call.

Whoever gets the start will have running back Beanie Wells back in the lineup (although wide receiver Michael Floyd’s mental errors landed him on the bench) for a home game with the Rams. They aren’t going to get a better shot at ending their losing streak.

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11 Responses to “No decision on Cardinals quarterback yet”
  1. bcfalcon says: Nov 19, 2012 3:47 PM

    Garrard is a free agent….

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 19, 2012 3:53 PM

    McNabb is a free agent….

  3. dioalice says: Nov 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    I’ll just write this so Eagle fan doesn’t need to bother: ‘how about Nick Foles for Fitz straight up’…

  4. schmitty2 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:18 PM

    Kolb might want to sit another week. I’m sure he faintly remembers the 9 sacks the Rams laid on him last month

  5. azbadinals says: Nov 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    Whiz keeps calling QBs from the UFL, but they all look at the offensive line and decide not to return his call.

  6. trojanwarrior007 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:46 PM

    Whiz waffling on his QB will eventually get him canned.

  7. dwoofer says: Nov 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    It appeared to me watching the first game vs. the Rams that their coach has instilled not just a play-to-win attitude, but also a mentality of causing injury to other teams.
    Sunday will be payback time, baby.

  8. ericylz says: Nov 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    Terrible move putting the rookie in when we had a 2 possession lead. We all know Skelton gets better as he goes, and if he has proven anything, it’s that he’s pretty clutch at the end of games. For the first time, I really do have to question the coaching on this one. What was he thinking doing that in THIS game?! Let Skelton play it out and if he loses, then start the rookie next week against the rams. Horrible move.

  9. kulosan says: Nov 19, 2012 6:05 PM

    IN

    VINCE

    WE

    TRUST

  10. fordmandalay says: Nov 19, 2012 6:10 PM

    I hear that Jake Plummer has been keeping in shape…

  11. schmitty2 says: Nov 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    dwoofer says:Nov 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    It appeared to me watching the first game vs. the Rams that their coach has instilled not just a play-to-win attitude, but also a mentality of causing injury to other teams.
    Sunday will be payback time, baby.

    Nice try. Kolb wasn’t hurt in that game. The only injury the Ram’s caused in that game was to Ryan Williams and it was a legal hit

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