One of the biggest things Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has to do in his new job is figure out who will be quarterbacking the team in 2013.
Arians inherits a messy situation at quarterback for a team that played four different players at the position in 2012. Kevin Kolb played the best of that group, but he’s due a $2 million roster bonus in March and a $9 million salary for 2013. That’s a bit much for a guy whose best recommendation for the job at this point is that he’s better than John Skelton or Ryan Lindley.
Arians spoke with Mike Sando of ESPN.com on Friday and asked him if the team is close to making a decision about Kolb’s status with the team, including whether they’d ask him to renegotiate his contract to make it easier to keep him on the roster.
“We haven’t even started yet. I’m looking forward to meeting with Kevin and we’ll cross that bridge as soon as we have to,” Arians said. “I’ve seen enough film to know that he is good enough, but we have to protect him a lot better. When he is healthy, he has had some good moments. He has had some not-so-good moments. We have to protect him better, run the ball better.”
The Cardinals have said that they aren’t ready to give up on Kolb, which suggests renegotiation would be their preferred route. Arians did say that the Cards would be “crazy not to put the ball upfield” with their receiving corps and that’s not Kolb’s strong suit as a quarterback. So, basically, stay tuned because the Cardinals haven’t settled much of anything yet.