Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said earlier this month that the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton would “start out as even as it possibly can.”
Whisenhunt has proven to be a man of his word. Skelton took the snaps with the first team at Tuesday’s OTA and Kolb led the offense on Wednesday. You can’t read much into performance from OTAs, but you can see a lot about a team’s intentions and the Cardinals clearly intend to have that open competition for the starting quarterback job.
That’s certainly not what anyone expected when the Cardinals traded for Kolb and gave him a big new contract, including a $7 million roster bonus this year. Whether or not it is also a bad sign for Kolb’s future with the team is a matter open for discussion, but Kolb isn’t balking at having to win the job this summer.
“I’ve said it a hundred times: ‘Look, if you are afraid to compete in this league, go home,'” Kolb said, via Darren Urban of the Cardinals web site. “There is a lot of time between now and (the season) and a lot of time to prove yourself.”
From the looks of it, you can settle in for a while on this one. Kolb and Skelton will be dueling well into training camp for the job.